2012-10-04 / Front Page

Monroe gears up for its biggest Green Fair yet

MONROE — Eco-friendly vendors, environmentally friendly organizations, “freecycling,” a bicycle exchange and more are slated for the township’s third annual Green Fair.

The fair, co-sponsored by the Environmental Commission and the Monroe Township Public Library, is free to the public and is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Oak Tree School on Applegarth Road.

“Every year the Green Fair grows and we are really excited about what we have scheduled this year,” said Green Fair Chairwoman Kathy Budge, secretary of the Monroe Township Environmental Commission.

Through “freecycling,” residents can bring in items that are in good working condition, such as lamps, furniture, tools or other items they do not want anymore, leave them at the “freecycling” site at the fair, and if someone wants an item they can take it home with them.

The bike exchange is an all-volunteer effort that collects, repairs and sells bikes from its shop in the Capitol Plaza Shopping Center on the Trenton-Ewing border. The mission of the exchange is to make low-cost bikes available to low-income families and to contribute financially to after-school programs of the Boys and Girls Club.

The fair will include tours of the Oak Tree School. The school was designed to U.S. Green Building Council standards and has solar panels and natural light coming from 90 percent of the building through windows that are glazed with high-efficiency thermal Solarban glass. Also, a 50,000-gallon underground gray water system was installed under the school and is used to collect and filter storm water, so it can be used for the school’s toilet water.

The township Department of Public Works will have a shredding truck at the Green Fair, and attendees can bring documents to be shredded. The DPW is also bringing its Enviro Mobile, which is a mobile environmentally friendly classroom with games that teach kids better ways to treat the earth.

The township library will host eco-friendly arts and crafts, environmentally themed puppet shows and story times.

In addition, New Jersey Clean Energy will sell environmentally friendly lighting products at discounted prices.

Dishes prepared with fresh ingredients will be sold by Taqueria Maria’s Deli of Docks Corner Road.

The Green Fair will also feature a live performance by the New Royalty Band, which features Monroe Township High School graduate Trevor Smith.

For more information about the fair, call 732-521-4400 and ask for John Riggs or Kathy Budge.

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