2018 Mercer Green Fest on March 17th at Rider University

Get into green living on St. Patrick’s Day at the Mercer Green Fest. More than 100 ecofriendly businesses, organizations, and schools will be offering information and incentives to help you go green and save money at the Mercer Green Fest (formerly known as the Living Local Expo) on Saturday March 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Rider University Student Recreation Center, which is located on the main campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ.

The Mercer Green Fest which promotes green living for Mercer County families, is presented by Mercer County Sustainability Coalition.  All Mercer county residents are invited to join in on having fun going green! Bring the whole family and invite your neighbors. Wear green to the Mercer Green Fest on St. Patrick’s Day.

The fair is free and open to the public, rain or shine.  Visitors can learn about a wide variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as:

  • energy efficiency
  • 21 electric car display so that you can inform your next car purchase.
  • health, exercise, and wellness
  • walking and bike trails
  • food waste recycling programs
  • science fair and robotics projects from area schools and groups

Featured Family Entertainment

  • 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 11: 30 am -12:30.
  • Eyes of the Wild: Traveling Zoo will take the stage from 1:30  pm – 2:30 pm.
  • Lyle Rowling, owner of Advanced Solar, AKA Solar Man will show kids how solar energy is made with a solar panel.

Local Food

An indoor farmers market will feature a great variety of locally produced fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and pickles as well as flowers, plants, herbs, and artisan food products. A family friendly lunch celebrating locally grown and seasonal ingredients from Terhune Orchards will be available for purchase all day.

Focus on the Arts

Art is an important part of a sustainable community! Everyone can have fun with our Craft Corner, designing creative art and crafts.  Artists from Artworks Trenton will display works that are upcycled from trash. Demonstrations throughout the day will show visitors how to make their own upcycled art.

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

Help the fight against hunger. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Homefront and receive a free, reusable tote bag.

For more information on the Mercer Green Fest visit www.mercergreenfest.org

Thanks to the following Mercer Green Fest sponsors

Trenton ThunderAdvanced Solar ProductsEnviroPhysicsPrinceton AirTerhune Orchards

We would like to thank Mercer Green Fest friends

Schimek Family Fitness CenterDouglas Greene Esq.Princeton Yoga Center

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.

Save the Date – Living Local Expo – March 19th

The tenth annual Local Living Expo: Being Green Pays Off is set for 3/19/16. This year’ event will be bigger and better than ever. This is the first time this event will be at Rider University. It has expanded to include partners from nine local communities.

 This year’s Expo is organized by Mercer County Sustainability Coalition (MCSC), a partnership of green teams from Lawrence Twp., Ewing, Hopewell Valley, Princeton, West Windsor, East Windsor and Trenton and sustainability nonprofits, Sustainable Princeton and Sustainable Lawrence. Other partners include Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

The Expo will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Rider University gymnasium, which is located on the main campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ. The expo is free and open to the public. The popular event will feature sustainable local businesses, community groups, local farms, demonstrations and speakers throughout the day.

 In addition to more than 60 eco-friendly 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 and wellness.

 A farmers market will feature local farms and local artisan food producers. A lunch celebrating locally sourced and seasonal ingredients will be available for purchase.

 Bring your whole family, meet your neighbors, enjoy the afternoon and learn how Mercer County area residents and businesses are building sustainable communities.  We hope to see you there.

Visit http://www.livinglocalexpo.net for more information about participating vendors and speakers as that information becomes available.

Save the Date! – Living Local Expo on March 28th

The 8th Annual Living Local Expo is in the planning stages!

Sourcing food locally is an essential part of sustainability efforts. Visitors to the 8th annual Living Local Expo in Lawrence on March 28  will have the opportunity to discover the many food resources we have right here in our community. The free Expo will showcase more than a dozen local farm businesses and chefs. The farmers market, the first of the spring season, will feature local fruits and vegetables, meat, cheeses, food and food products.

Visit the farmers market to talk with local farmers about the coming season. Have a locally prepared lunch, soup, chili, bread, cider, fruit and more from local farms and food businesses. Find out about local cheeses, jams and jellies, pickled peppers, desserts, and wonderful flowers. Cooking demonstrations and samplings by local chefs will be offered all afternoon.

After your visit to the market you can check out a presentation on fuel efficient cars and electric bikes.  Area residents with fuel efficient cars will also have their vehicles on display. Walking and biking is the ultimate sustainable transportation, and as a bonus you get your exercise too. At the Expo you can find out about bike trails and walking paths throughout the area.

Newly organized by the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, a  partnership of sustainability organizations from Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence, Princeton, Trenton and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, this year’s Expo will feature hands-on workshops, displays from 90-plus local businesses and non-profits, and the “Ask your Neighbor” table where visitors can hear how homeowners and businesses completed successful energy-efficient projects. Speakers will be on hand to discuss a variety of sustainability issues ranging from local farms, school gardening & projects, to the future of transportation and recycling in Mercer County, and more.

Ask your neighbors about their experiences in green remodeling and energy efficiency projects. Get to know the inside scoop and the incentives that you can still get from New Jersey Clean Energy.

Donate your old bike to The Trenton Bike Exchange, or donate gently used medical equipment to Goodwill Home Medical Equipment, a non-profit that sells affordable medical equipment like wheelchairs, walkers and canes.

This year we are trying to “green” our Green Fair, so don’t forget to bring your travel mug for your drinks.

Stay tuned for more info soon.