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The local area’s green fair, the Mercer Green Fest (formerly known as the Living Local Expo) will be held on Saturday March 18, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Rider University Student Recreation Center, located on the main campus at 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville. The fair is FREE and open to the public, rain or shine.

After 10 years as the Living Local Expo, the annual event’s name has changed to Mercer Green Fest to indicate the day is fun for the whole family and has expanded to partner with nine communities throughout Mercer County. All Mercer County residents are invited to join in on having fun going green!

The Mercer Green Fest is presented by the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition which is comprised of Ewing Green Team, Hopewell Green Team, Lawrence Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), Trenton Green Team, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, West Windsor Environmental Commission  Mercer County Office of Sustainability and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

More than 70 eco-friendly businesses 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 car display, health, exercise and wellness, and science fair projects from area schools.

An indoor farmers market will feature a great variety of locally produced fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey as well as flowers, plants, herbs and artisan food products.  Local farmers include Chickadee Creek Farm, Cherry Grove Farm and Terhune Orchards. Unique specialty products by Frank’s Pickled Peppers, Tassot Apiaries, Les Delices d’Annelise and Sweets by Lovey.

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

There’s plenty for the kids to do, too. This year’s event will feature the Grammy Award nominated Miss Amy and will also be bringing back the Eyes of the Wild traveling zoo, as well as Art All Day.

The Mercer Sustainability Coalition invites all area artists to participate in our Upcycled From Trash to Treasure Art Exhibit and Contest at the Green Fest this year.  Celebrate the recycling mantra of recycle – reduce – reuse – and recycle through art and show off your creative use of reused materials.

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

Entertainment for the whole family: 

  • 11am-12pm:  Miss Amy’s Band
  • 1pm-2pm:  Eyes of the Wild wildlife show
  • 2pm-3 pm: The Grand Falloons, show about recycling

Speakers:

  • Lia Nielsen of Simply Sustainable: “Solar Panels for Your Home: Who, What , Where, When, Why, How”
  • Jim Waltman, Executive Director of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association: “The choice is clear. Renewable energy can’t wait!”
  • Scott Needham of Princeton Air: “Home Energy Audits”
  • Kimberly Hoff  of NJ Clean Energy: “Save Money and Energy at Home through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program”
  • Katherine Biggins of C-Change: “The Science of Climate Change”
  • NRG: “What Solar Panel Project is Right for You?”
  • Sonya Michaluk: “Consequences of Fracking”

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