The 10th Annual Living Local Expo is coming up from 11am – 4pm on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Rider University Gymnasium. At the Expo you and your family can meet your neighbors and catch up on everything green and local. Organized by a volunteer committee from the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, the Living Local Expo brings a wide variety of resources each year to educate and inspire residents to live a healthy and sustainable life. More details are available at www.livinglocalexpo.net.
Our communities have worked together to bring you the vendors and nonprofits, the speakers and resources where you can learn about what you can do to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
We are an alliance of the green teams and sustainability organizations in Mercer County New Jersey and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability. Formed in 2013 to better coordinate the various green teams and sustainability organizations around Mercer County, the Coalition works to promote a regional and collaborative approach to sustainability initiatives. Environmental issues know no regional boundaries. From our air and water quality, to transportation, to trash and recycling, these issues are common to all of the municipalities within a region. It simply makes sense to promote sustainability regionally and to tackle issues together. By uniting together coalition members can become greater than the sum of their individual parts.
Our mission is to connect you and your family to the local vendors and resources that can help you to live more sustainably.
The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition
Ewing Green Team
Hopewell Valley Green Team
Lawrence Green Team
Trenton Green Team
West Windsor Green Team
East Windsor Green Team
The Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability
According to a 2013 report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (available here), globally 207 million tons of packaging (worth $384 billion) cover consumer goods annually.
In the introduction, the report’s authors write that “A new term has emerged in recent years to describe our modern era—the Anthropocene. It rightly implies that in this age humans became the dominant force shaping our physical environment. It is evident that an economy that extracts resources at increasing rates without consideration for the environment in which it operates, without consideration for our natural planetary boundaries, cannot continue indefinitely. In a world of soon to be 9 billion consumers who are actively buying manufactured goods, this approach will hamper companies and undermine economies. We need a new way of doing business.
The concept of a circular economy promises a way out. Here products do not quickly become waste, but are reused to extract their maximum value before safely and productively returning to the biosphere. Most importantly for business leaders, such an economy can deliver growth. Innovative product designers and business leaders are already venturing into this space.”
Lawrence Township will be offering voluntary Organic Waste Recycling in the near future. In order to kick start the program, the vendor must have three hundred participants to initiate the collection program. For more details regarding this program click on the attached link. To sign up, interested residents should contact the Public Works Department at (609) 587-1894 or by email at email@example.com to be placed on a list for further instructions.