The tenth annual Living Local Expo: Being Green Pays Off will be held Saturday March 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Rider University gymnasium, located on the main campus, 2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville. The expo is free and open to the public. The event will feature sustainable local businesses, community groups, local farms, demonstrations and speakers throughout the day.

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.

A farmers market will feature local farms and local artisan food producers. A family friendly lunch celebrating locally sourced and seasonal ingredients will be available for purchase. Macaroni and cheese, soup, chili, cookies and more. Gluten-free and vegan options available.

Children’s Activities

1-2 p.m. “Wallaby Tales” traveling zoo with Travis Gale from Eyes of The Wild in Warren County. The fun and educational program will introduce children to a selection of exotic and touchable animals. Gale is an Environmental educator and a field biologist,

All Day – “Art Has No Boundaries” will help children craft a birdfeeder and decorate birdhouses to take home

Trenton Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange will be at the expo all day. Bring any youth or adult bikes you no longer use to the EXPO. Bike Exchange volunteers will refurbish all the bikes at their Spruce St. location and find a home for the bikes.

Living Local Expo Speaker schedule

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Michael Barry, Global Connections Institute “Why the Local Movement is Crucial to Global Sustainability”

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.- Katherine Dresner, “Monarchs, Migration, and Milkweed”

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Rodney Richards, Hamilton Environmental Commission, “Home Energy Costs & Savings: Process & Recommendations”

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Brittany Mussolini, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, “Being River Friendly”

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Ellyn Ito, Seeds to Sew, “Conscious Buying”

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Callie Hancock, Citizens Climate Lobby, “Carbon Fee & Dividend Program”

2:30 – 3:00 p.m: Sonja Michaluk, “The Salamander Dilemma”

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Carol Nicholas, Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership, “Lawrence Community Health Survey”

Sponsors of Living Local Expo are Advanced Solar Products, EnviroPhysics, Mrs. G., Princeton Air and Terhune Orchards. This year’s Expo is organized by partners from nine communities including 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.

Visit the Living Local Expo website for more information.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.