Mercer Green Fest – Fun for the Whole Family!

The annual Mercer Green Fest, formerly called The Living Local Expo, invites all Mercer residents to join us at the fair and have fun going green!  The festival will be at Rider University’s Student Recreation Center located on the main campus in Lawrence Township.  It is Free and Open to the Public and will run from 11 am until 4 pm.  The event will feature live entertainment, local sustainable businesses, sustainable community groups, a farmer’s market, local fresh food at our lunch café, demonstrations, and speakers throughout the day.  There will be fun for the whole family!

More than 70 eco-friendly businesses and organizations will be offering information and incentives to help you go green and save money. Visitors can learn about a wide variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as bike trails, food waste recycling programs, energy efficiency, electric cars, health, exercise & wellness, and science fair projects from area schools.

schimekfamilyfitnesscenterThe Rider University Schimek Family Fitness Center will be open and some lucky visitor will get a free year membership! Learn more about the Fitness Center.

The event will feature entertainment for the whole family:

  • missamy2010_4x6Miss Amy, our local GRAMMY Nominated Artist Author/Educator, musician and Fitness Pro, will rock and roll with the kids at this year’s Festival from 11am -12 noon.
  • The Green Planet Band recycle rock n’ roll one song at a time from 12 pm – 1 pm.
  • Eyes of the Wild: Traveling Zoo will take the stage from 1 pm – 2 pm.
  • The Grand Falloons will put on their recycling and a science show  with juggling, magic, comedy, song and dance from 2 pm – 3 pm.
  • Solar Man will arrive and provide interactive fun experimenting with solar energy  between 3 pm – 4 pm.

The local farmers will have a great array of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as flowers, plants, herbs, and artisan food products for sale.

A family friendly lunch celebrating locally grown and seasonal ingredients will be available for purchase all day.

Art is an important part of a sustainable community! Everyone can have fun with our Art all Day area, designing creative art and crafts.

Time is running out, but it is not too late to secure a spot in our Green Fest through March 10 by contacting Teresita Bastides-Heron of Sustainable Lawrence at (609) 882-6367 or heron45sustainablelawrence@gmail.com or Joanne Mullowney of the Ewing Green Team at (609) 883-0862 or ewinggreenteam@gmail.com.

The Mercer Green Fest is organized by the partners of the Mercer Sustainability Coalition: the Ewing Green Team, the Hopewell Valley Green Team, Lawrence Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, the West Windsor Environmental Commission, and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability.

 

10th Annual Living Local Expo

Sat, Mar 19 | 11 am – 4 pm | Rider University Gymnasium | Free and Open to the Public

It’s Expo time again!  Bring the whole family to find out how Mercer County area residents and businesses are building sustainable communities at the 10th annual Living Local Expo: Being Green Pays Off on March 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Rider University gymnasium. Admission to the expo is free. The event will feature sustainable local businesses, community groups, local farms, demonstration, speakers and projects for children throughout the day. All of these activities encourage us to take steps towards sustainability as individuals and as a community.

More than 70 eco-friendly local businesses will be offering incentives to use in the future to help you go green and save money.  In addition to meeting these vendors at the expo, visitors can learn about a variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as bike paths, food waste recycling, energy efficiency, electric cars, health, and wellness.

Our Expo is great for the kids too!  Be sure that you are on hand at 1 p.m. when Eyes of the Wild brings its Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo to the Expo as our featured entertainment.  This fun and educational program will introduce children of all ages to a selection of exotic and touchable animals. Ewing-based Art Has No Boundaries will also run crafts for the kids where they will build their own birdhouses out of recycled materials.

Take action: Save Energy Costs

See a variety of electric vehicles owned by local residents.  Hear from Lawrenceville Home Improvement, Princeton Air and  Tindall & Ransom on energy conservation.  Learn about going solar from Advanced Solar Products, Direct Energy Solar, NRG Home Solar

Take action: Recycle More

Living Local Expo is a zero waste event. Learn how we do it.  Mercer County Improvement Authority | Princeton & Lawrence food waste recycling programs

Take Action: Get Healthy

Capital Health | Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership | Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association

Take action: Protect the Environment

Cooper Pest Services | USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services

Take action: Grow Your Own

Master Gardeners of Mercer County | Antheil Elementary School Fifth Grade Garden Club

Take action: Protect Our Water

New Jersey Highlands Coalition | Food and Water Watch | SPLASH Floating Classroom | Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Take action: Eat Local

A farmers market will feature Cherry Grove Farm, Frank’s Pickled Peppers, Terhune Orchards, Wildflour Bakery Café. A lunch celebrating locally sourced and seasonal ingredients will be available for purchase.

Take Action: Good Works

Girls Scouts | Princeton Learning Cooperative | Seeds to Sew | WomanSpace

Speakers Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Katherine and Kate Dresden  “Monarchs, Migration, and Milkweed”
  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Michael Barry, Global Connections Initiative “Why the Local Movement is Crucial to Global Sustainability”
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Rodney Richards, Hamilton Environmental Commission “Home Energy Costs & Savings: Process & Recommendations”
  • 1:00 – 1:30 – Brittany Musolino, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association  “Being River Friendly”
  • 1:30 – 2:00  –  Ellyn Ito, Seeds to Sew “Conscious Buying”
  • 2:00 – 2:30 – Callie Hancock, Citizens Climate Lobby “Carbon Fee & Dividend Program”
  • 2:30 – 3:00 – Carol Nicholas, Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership “Mercer County Health Assessment”
Don’t leave the Expo without Taking our Challenge to do just one more thing to help the environment!

Find out more at the Living Local Expo website.