Highland Park To Host Earth & Health Fair

HIGHLAND PARK — Sustainable Highland Park and the Board of Health are once again combining efforts to host the annual Earth & Health Fair on Tuesday, May 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will be held in the cafeteria and gymnasium of the Highland Park High School located at 102 North 5th Ave and is being cosponsored by the Borough of Highland Park and the Highland Park School District.

The theme of this year’s fair will be “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” and will celebrate the launch of the “It’s In Our Power Highland Park” campaign, a Climate Showcase Community grant project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. The campaign will seek to empower members of the Highland Park community to reduce their energy bills and in turn lower their carbon emissions. Highland Park residents will be asked to pledge to take specific actions such as installing energy efficient lighting in their home.


The Earth and Health Fair will provide lots of information about different local initiatives and an array of free hands-on activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to make their home more energy efficient, sample healthy foods, test-drive a Chevy Volt, get screened for blood pressure, learn how to repair bicycles, receive a free chair massage and learn Zumba. There will also be an opportunity to have gardening questions answered from master gardeners and tour the High School’s vegetable gardens. Kids of all ages will love the worm composting activity and the opportunity to learn how to “green your parents.”

Tina Weishaus, one of the event organizers, predicts, “The fair will be a big hit with our community as it has been in years past. The amount of interest generated at this event will serve as a catalyst to motivate the community to become more sustainable. The “It’s In Our Power Highland Park” campaign will continue its work throughout the next two years and hopefully Highland Park will serve as a model for communities across the country on how to successfully reduce carbon emissions.”

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