BRICK TOWNSHIP — The 11th Annual Brick Township Green Fair at the Anstett Cultural Arts Center drew about 300 visitors on Saturday, despite the rainy weather.
“The goal of this event is to educate people and make them aware of all the great organizations and groups and entities that can contribute to making Brick a more sustainable community,” said event organizer Keith Rella, an administrator on the Brick Green Team.
The event was sponsored by the Township Environmental Commission, Green Team, Recreation Department and Tourism Development Commission. The fair welcomed more than 40 exhibitors, including local zero-waste product vendors, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Shade Tree Commission.
Students and teachers from 10 local schools showcased how they involve sustainability in the classroom and offered eco-friendly activities like seed planting and recycled bottle cap art.
“I always say, [the schools] are the foundation of this event. Obviously, young people are always going to be taking the initiative to do the right thing when it comes to the environment and conservation…they will inherit what we do,” said Mr. Rella.
In addition to learning about recycling and composting, attendees had the opportunity to see how Brick is incorporating new sustainability initiatives into the community. Funded by a state grant, the township added electric chargers at town hall and purchased two electric cars for the park security officers. Additional charging stations will be installed soon at Windward Beach and the Drum Point Sports Complex.
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