Kean University, the only university in the state of New Jersey to offer a Sustainability Degree, recently hosted the annual Garden State Green Fest for the second consecutive year. “We all have an obligation as good neighbors to make choices that don’t harm the planet,” states Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi. “As an institution of higher education- especially one with so many of our students and graduates working with young people in the classroom- we have an even higher calling to demonstrate what’s possible.”
An array of student groups from all over New Jersey attended this year’s event. Scientist Bob Pflugfelder thrilled audiences with explosive experiments that he’s previously showcased on television shows including "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the "Doctor Oz Show" and "Live with Regis & Kelly." Leslie Reichert, author of the book "The Joy of Green Cleaning," shared her suggestions for healthier homes. Christy Morgan, known as "The Blissful Chef," provided the audience with tips and delicious tidbits.
The fourth annual Garden State Green Awards honored the best and greenest New Jersey has to offer at a special luncheon ceremony on Friday, March 23. Recognition was given to students, teachers, schools, public officials, private citizens and businesses that take putting the “green” into the Garden State seriously. The awards honor people and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the environment:
- Through preservation, reclamation or conservation activities;
- Advocacy and pursuit of ‘green’ lifestyles or business practices;
- Support or development of green/sustainable energy or energy conservation.
Known as the Boggies; the awards were named for New Jersey’s indigenous Bog turtle, which is now an endangered species. 13-year-old environmentalist Josh Martin addressed the crowd at the awards ceremony with an economy of words. At age 11 Josh created a prototype designed to prevent oil spills. Offering thanks for his Boggy, Josh urged the crowd to “save the cephalopods.” This year’s Garden State Green Award winners also included: Big Brothers Big Sisters, The NJ Conservation Foundation and Woodruff Elementary School.