Keynotes Talk Trash And Take It On At Garden State Greenfest

SOMERSET — Everyone wonders what happens to all the trash we toss, but Elizabeth Royte, author of 2007’s Garbage Land, has done her dirty work to find out. Meanwhile Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace, is gathering forces to stop the madness and clean it all up. As keynote speakers at Garden State GreenFest 2010, these two environmental champions will each offer unique insight on the volume of waste produced by individuals and industry, the steps being taken to combat it, and what we all must do to help. This year’s event takes place at the Garden State Exhibit Center on October 1, 2, and 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A widely acclaimed writer on science, the environment and mankind’s uneasy relationship with both, Elizabeth Royte gets at the heart of some of the more troubling issues facing an increasingly consumptive global society. Royte shows readers and audiences how we can all make a difference by learning to recognize our oversized environmental footprint and then taking steps to shrink it — as individuals, community members and voters. As we continue to exploit and abuse the planet’s precious natural resources, Royte cautions that positive, regenerative change can only be possible if we honestly reassess our relationships with waste, water and our own daily routines. Experience Elizabeth Royte when she takes the stage on Sunday, October 3.


As the Executive Director of Greenpeace, Phil Radford is at the helm of one of the largest and most influential environmental groups in the country. He leads a national team of 500 highly-skilled environmental leaders and is responsible for turning Greenpeace into a grassroots organizing powerhouse. What’s his ultimate Green Goal? “Prevent the worst impacts of global warming by transitioning to a green energy economy and nuclear disarmament.” On Saturday, October 2, Phil Radford comes to New Jersey in peace. Greenpeace, that is.

Garden State Greenfest 2010 welcomes the return of Ed Begley, Jr., this year as the gracious green host, and will also include presentations by other leading environmental experts, scientists and personalities, family entertainment and wholesome food and refreshments. Programs at the event cover a vast array of green topics from lifestyle and home and garden to construction, business, energy, and conservation. Kean University is sponsoring the second annual Garden State Green Awards, which will be presented to those individuals and organizations that have made significant efforts toward preservation of the planet.

More information about Garden State Greenfest, including a video of last year’s event, as well as exhibitor applications and ticket information are available online at For specific inquiries, contact Ruth Coules at

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