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Green Teams from throughout Mercer County are organizing an Earth Week+ celebration in a way that has never been done before. Planned to run from April 23 – April 30, Greening Together is providing a line-up of virtual activities, Zoom presentations highlighting sustainable resources and topics, art education, and safe outdoor activities are the featured activities for all interested in celebrating Earth Week 2022.
Greening Together provides an opportunity for residents to learn from other local stewards, Green Teams, and experts about best practices for protecting our natural resources and living sustainably.
There will be many opportunities to learn with events ranging from stream clean-ups and park cleanups, to tree plantings, presentations on climate change, rewilding your backyards, energy tools for homeowners, as well as an energy forum for businesses. Events kick off outside on April 23rd and 24th, with stream cleanups throughout the County conducted in partnership with The Watershed Institute, as well as local park cleanups. These clean-ups give the ultimate gift to our parks — our time, love, and care. If you can’t participate in a cleanup, residents are still encouraged to get out and enjoy Mercer County’s beautiful open spaces and pick up a piece or trash or two should you see it.
On Sunday afternoon, we start of the virtual part of our week-long program with a look a climate change by C-Change Conversations who collaborated with scientists and energy and policy experts to develop their C-Change Health Primer. It is widely hailed as an intelligent, dispassionate introduction to and illumination of climate change. It is followed up on Monday night with the Ewing Green Team’s featured speaker presentation on approaches for rewilding your landscape and welcoming nature back to your own backyard.
On Tuesday morning, the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and the Office of Planning will host a Business Clean Energy Forum at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor. Wednesday night we invite you to Join staff from The Watershed Institute as they use local Lawrenceville examples to discuss issues associated with stormwater runoff and flooding in Plant Power: Preventing and Fixing Stormwater Problems with Plants. Then learn how, when used correctly, plants can not only manage but also prevent water problems
Thursday night the Hopewell Valley Green Team & Lawrence Green Team join together to give you a virtual presentation on an overview of selected energy tools to enhance your home’s efficiency. On Friday we’re back to in-person gatherings as we celebrate Arbor Day around the County. Enjoy an Early morning Bird Walk at Fiddler’s Creek, learn what you can do to protect our trees from the Spotted Lantern Fly at the Lawrence Nature Center, and/or attend a Tree Planting and Meadow Walk also at the Lawrence Nature Center.
For our grand finale, on Saturday, we offer a combination of in-person events in communities around the county, as well as our Green Get Together at Lawrence High featuring a Bike Rodeo, an Electric Vehicle Meet-up, composting demo, a demonstration on how to make reusable bags from old t-shirts, and much more. All events are free.
Learn more at Greening Together 2022 | Mercer County Sustainability Coalition (mercersustainabilitycoalition.org). We think that there’s something for everyone, so come on out, enjoy the spring weather, while you learn how to live a greener, healthier life.