Greening Together 2021

Celebrate Earth Week 2021 with us!

Interested in learning more about sustainability? You are invited to join our Mercer County Sustainability Coalition for community events throughout Earth Week 2021. All the events are FREE, we only ask that you register. If participating in an outdoor event please come with a mask and please take a picture to share with us. Connect on social media with #GreeningTogether to help show your love for our streams, parks, and open spaces!

We are looking forward to building a more sustainable community with you this Earth Week! Don’t forget to share your thoughts and pictures with #GreeningTogether! Find Additional Resources here.

Virtual Evening Events

Sunday, April 25 from 3-6pm: Climate Deep Dive

Monday, April 26 at 7pm: Zero Waste Monday

Tuesday, April 27 at 7pm: Trenton Talks Transportation

Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm: Water Wednesday View Recording

Thursday, April 29
6:30pm: Ultimate Green Kahoot! With Rider Eco Reps Registration
7:00pm: Green Infrastructure in your neighborhood Registration

Friday, April 30: Arbor Day!

2:30pm: Prepping for the Pest:  Spotted Lanternfly Management Techniques 

6:30pm: Children’s program: Trees are Terrific!

Join us for some, many, or all of the events throughout Greening Together 2021.

  • Starting in mid April, the week will kick off with stream cleanups done in partnership with The Watershed Institute and they are planned virtually everywhere! These cleanups give our ultimate gift to our parks — our time, love and care. Please be sure to pre-register. If you can’t participate in a cleanup, still get out and enjoy Mercer County’s beautiful open spaces.

  • On Saturday pick up a “Greening To-Go Kits”. Bags will have resources on how to become a more sustainable household and a plantable gift. Locations for Green Bags:
    Terhune Orchards
    9-10am  Hopewell Borough Park
    11-Noon Woolsey Park
    1-2pm   Kunkel Park

    All day Saturday, April 24, and in days leading up to that, get out and enjoy your parks! Celebrate Trails Day with The Lawrence Hopewell Trail or visit one of our Mercer County Parks. Be sure to say hello to Eddie Dzik, local photographer, who will be available to offer mini photography lessons on capturing landscape photography at Colonial Lake on April 24, 2021 from 10-12 am.

  • A Sustainable Landscaping Mini-Expo
    Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 12-3pm at Princeton Shopping Center

    Your property is part of the local ecosystem. As part of Earth Week, please join us to demo electric landscaping equipment, learn about organic lawn care techniques, and check out native plants. Several local organizations and businesses will be on hand for this low-key, drop-in event. We will also have several different electric equipment and models for you to check out. This event will be held outdoors in the expansive courtyard of the Princeton Shopping Center.

  • Sustainable Lawrence presents Climate Change – Its impacts and Actions You Can Take to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
    Sunday, April 25 at 3pm
    Register for Climate Change – Its impacts and Actions You Can Take to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    In this session you will hear from Kat Biggins Founder of C-Change on the science of global climate change and its impacts, Susan Hockaday a Climate Change Artist on her impressions of the impacts of climate change and Kerri-Ann Lombardi Outreach Coordinator from the NJ Clean Energy Program on actions you can take now to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG – CO2) emissions and your carbon (CO2) footprint

  • Journey to Zero-Waste
    Monday, April 26 at 7pm
    Click here to register

    Hopewell Valley Green Team and West Windsor Green Team shares how living sustainably means striving to produce as little waste as possible in our day-to-day activities.  In this session we will learn how to do a Home Waste Audit and share some easy (and perhaps some not so easy) ways to reduce that waste. Topics will include: Plastic Free Living, Re-usable Gift Bags, Recycling Right, and many ways to turn your food and yard waste into compost. We will end with an optional break-out session when participants can share their own tips for reducing waste or pose questions about the waste problems they are trying to solve right now!

  • Trenton Talks Transportation
    Tuesday April 27 at 7pm
    Click here to register

    Trenton’s Green Team will host a panel discussion on Clean Transportation in the Capital City Region. Learn about plans for transit-oriented development, complete streets implementation, an innovative electric vehicle mobility program, and efforts to improve safety for bikers and pedestrians through public art.  More information here on the Trenton Green Team site.

  • Water Wednesday!
    April 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm
    Click here to register

    The Lawrence Township Environmental and Green Advisory Committee is partnering with the Friends of Colonial Lake Park and The Watershed Institute to explain why Mercer County is experiencing increased flooding and what that means for our water quality. You will hear the story of Colonial Lake and its relationship to Shabakunk Creek and how residents successfully banded together to protect and improve its health. We will explore the science of hydrology and how rainfall (Too Much, Too Little, Too Dirty) effects all of our lakes, streams and waterlogged basements.

    Tom Ritter, Friends of Colonial Lake Park
    Steve Tuorto, Ph.D., Director of Science and Stewardship, The Watershed Institute
    Moderator: Annette Loveless & Katharine Schumacher Lawrence Township Environmental Committee

  • Ultimate Green Trivia Kahoot with the Rider University Eco-Reps!
    Thursday, April 29 at 6:30pm
    Register Here for Kahoot!

    Green Infrastructure in Your Neighborhood
    Thursday, April 29 at 7:00pm
    Click here to register

    Lawrence Township Environmental and Green Advisory Committee  and The Watershed Institute are back with solutions to our storm water problems (Too Much, Too Little, Too Dirty). “Green Infrastructure” mimics nature to capture and treat polluted storm water runoff, our number one source of water pollution and nuisance flooding in New Jersey. We will learn how homeowners and whole neighborhoods can use trees, plants, and soil to capture and clean the polluted stormwater runoff in our own back yards. In the process we can sequester carbon, create habitat and food for our native species, and add beauty to our world.

    Kory Kreiseder, MLA, WIGI/CBLP, Stormwater Specialist, The Watershed Institute
    Sophie Glovier, Municipal Policy Specialist, The Watershed Institute
    Moderator: Annette Loveless, Chair Lawrence Township Environmental Committee

  • Friday, April 30 is Arbor Day!

    Prepping for the Pest:  Spotted Lanternfly Management Techniques 

    Friday, April 30 at 2:30pm
    One-hour Zoom session
    Click here to register for this session

    Since its discovery in Berks County, PA in 2014, the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) has been recognized as a significant threat to the natural environment as well as the local economy.  Learn in this session about these invasive species, the serious damage they cause to trees and native plants and how best to deal with them when seen.

    –Jillian Stark, Senior Land Steward for the Mercer County Park Commission, will lead this session.  Jillian graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Biology and from Pace University with an M.S. in Environmental Science. She has worked with the Park Commission since 2017, specializing in deer management and invasive species eradication.

    Trees are Terrific!

    Friday, April 30 at 6:30pm
    30 minute Zoom session, especially good for children
    Click here to register for this session

    Put your Sherlock cap on!  It’s time to search for clues to learn the hidden identity of the trees in your backyard!  Check out the intricate details of different kinds of bark, leaves, and other tree characteristics. Then head outdoors this weekend for a scavenger hunt to see how many different trees you can find.   

    –Christy Athmejvar, Park Naturalist for the Mercer County Park Commission, will be leading this chat with the children.   She conducts school field trips, homeschool, scout badge and public nature programs and is an enthusiastic and caring teacher, born with a passion for critters.   She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Marine Ecology from Rider University with a K-8 Science Teacher Certification

What does Earth Week Look like to you?

Below, please enjoy some of our favorite #greeningtogether digital art submissions. If you have a photo or digital art piece that shows appreciation for Mercer County parks, open spaces, and sustainable practices please tag us on social media using #greeningtogether. We hope by sharing these resources we can support our local artists. Please respect artists work and do not reproduce any digital content without express permission of the content creator.

Debbie Pisacreta, Painter

Ed Dzick Photography

Although we can’t provide a full Green Fair this year, we want to help our community have access to the best resources to make our community more and more sustainable

Mercer County Sustainability Coalition