8/27/2014 9:18:32 AM
To promote sustainability throughout the Lowcountry, the Carolina Green Fair is partnering once again with Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) to hold their 7th annual festival. Over the years, the Carolina Green Fair has joined CCPRC to divert waste at county park events. This year, the Carolina Green Fair brings their popular festival back to James Island County Park on Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon – 5 p.m.
This year’s Carolina Green Fair continues its mission to educate and encourage South Carolina residents to use environmentally friendly products, services and technologies. As a presenting festival sponsor, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department will highlight the County’s green initiatives like recycling and composting, and also educate residents on the many offerings available to make their homes and businesses more eco-friendly.
“Charleston County, a leader in solid waste management in the Southeast, is proud to sponsor the Carolina Green Fair and support a local event that has made enormous strides to becoming waste-free, setting a standard for other events to follow,” said County Council Member Colleen Condon. “The Green Fair affords an opportunity for citizens to learn the importance of waste reduction and to recognize that recyclable items are resources that contribute to a sustainable future.”
This year, the Carolina Green Fair is proud to introduce a new project that is inspiring local youth to action. Sponsored by the Bosch Community Grant, the Green Fair Community Stewardship Project engages students to come up with new stewardship ideas to benefit the community. Project funding is provided to various Dorchester and Charleston County schools. Stop by the festival’s project showcase to see some powerful young minds in action!
Carolina Green Fair attendees can also take advantage of hands-on attractions at James Island County Park like the Climbing Wall, slacklining, and mountain biking, making this year’s fair fun for a wide variety of interests. The event will also include a KidZone with Charleston Fun Factory and an Eco-Carnival featuring activities and games from local non-profit organizations to entertain the little ones. Families can explore wildlife exhibits on site from The Center for Birds of Prey. The Charleston Animal Society will bring out some wonderful animals that are up for adoption, while sharing their mission of becoming a no-kill shelter by 2015.
Additionally, the Carolina Green Fair will offer opportunities to shop and stock up on environmentally-friendly projects, or to exchange old clothes for new ones at the popular Re-Trends Clothing Swap. Festival-goers can watch food and cooking demonstrations by local chefs from many favorite Lowcountry restaurants. Refreshments from Southern Eagle and Bota Box Wine will also be on hand. Then, stop by the festival Health & Wellness area for demos and sessions showcasing preventative wellness and outdoor fitness. There will also be dozens of exhibitors, artisans and vendors at the festival.
Crews Subaru of Charleston, the event’s official auto sponsor, will be on site featuring cars for the earth-conscious adventurer. On hand to make sure nothing goes to waste will be Eco-Products and Food Waste Disposal, who will provide compostable paper products and sort waste for delivery to Charleston County’s Bees Ferry Compost Facility. On average, the fair diverts an incredible 97% of its waste from landfills and has set the standard for other large-scale events working toward green initiatives, including the park’s Lowcountry Cajun Festival, which diverted more than 90% of its waste in 2013.
Admission is free to the Carolina Green Fair! Just pay the $1 gate fee at James Island County Park to experience all the event has to offer. For more information, visit www.carolinagreenfair.com or www.CharlestonCountyParks.com.