3rd Annual Earth Day Festival at City Hall will Feature Local Vendors, Workshops to Promote Environmentally Sustainable Practices and Activities for Children
JERSEY CITY – In celebration of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 23rd, nearly 1,000 residents will take part in the first annual Great Jersey City Clean Up, a massive citywide initiative in which community members will join city crews in cleaning their neighborhoods. The third annual Jersey City Earth Day Festival will also be held at City Hall featuring interactive and educational workshops, locally produced culinary creations, food trucks and handmade goods for guests of all ages.
“Jersey City is a community of neighborhoods and one of our greatest assets is our residents,” said Mayor Fulop. “Whether through the Great Jersey City Clean Up, United Rescue or dozens of other community-based initiatives, our residents dedicate countless hours each year to make their city a better place.”
The Great Jersey City Clean Up, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, is part of the Great American Clean Up, a nationwide effort that will take place in 20,000 communities and engages over 4 million volunteers across the country. The initiative is spearheaded locally by the Department of Public Works and Keep Jersey City Beautiful, the local affiliate of the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.
A total of 949 volunteers have signed up to clean 51 different locations across every ward in the city. Special garbage truck routes have been created to support the volunteers’ efforts. Support for the initiative came in part from Acme, Imperial Bag & Paper Co., Honeywell, and PPG.
“The Keep Jersey City Beautiful team has conducted an annual litter index over the past two years, and we have seen a slight down-tick in the amount of litter and graffiti citywide based, in part because of initiatives like Stop the Drop and the murals program and by clean up efforts from our neighborhood, civic and park groups,” said Mira Prinz Arey, Keep Jersey City Beautiful board member and Ward B representative. “We wanted our first event to have a major impact and we are thrilled by the level of participation by our fellow citizens. Great things happen when people get together and focus on a common goal, and we can’t wait to see what kind of an impact the Great Jersey City Clean Up will have on the city.”
In addition to partnering with Keep Jersey City Beautiful and the Jersey City Parks Coalition, and dozens of neighborhood block associations, the clean up has also gained involvement from the County of Hudson, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and BikeJC, amongst dozens of other groups and businesses.
Anyone who is still interested in volunteering for the clean up on Saturday can do so by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third Annual Jersey City Earth Day Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of City Hall.
Vendors at the Earth Day Festival will include Jersey City-based businesses Taproot Organics, Myrtle & Flossie, Oh Honey, Whos Gluten Free, Milk Sugar Love, eveningstarstudios, Modcup Coffee, and more. Guests will enjoy complimentary massages by Harborside Sport and Spine, yoga sessions with Jivamukti Yoga, and a variety of food and drink options.
DPW staff will also be handing out fresh herbs, potted plants and veggies to guests. Workshops will include planting demonstrations, seed saving, composting and treatment-free beekeeping, as well as children’s activities with JC Fab Lab. For event details, please visit: http://jerseycityculture.org/earth-day-2016/
Environmental conservation has been a focus of the Fulop administration. Since taking office, the administration has made the largest investment in open space in the city’s history, investing more than $6 million in park renovations across all six wards. The City also partnered with the Jersey City Parks Coalition on an initiative to expand the city’s tree canopy and plant 2,020 trees by 2020. And, last year, the administration announced plans to conduct an energy audit and greenhouse gas footprint analysis, both of which are ongoing and will lead to recommendations on how to further make Jersey City a greener city.
All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary to Mayor Steven M. Fulop at email@example.com or 201-376-0