HIGHLAND PARK – The borough’s “It’s In Our Power Highland Park” campaign is combining efforts with NJPIRG’s Energy Service Corps to host an “Educational Forum for Eco-Friendly Families” on Saturday, July 9, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The forum will be held at the Reformed Church of Highland Park located at 19-21 South 2nd Avenue and will feature appearances by local environmental leaders in both the public and private sectors. Highland Park Mayor Stephen Nolan and Highland Park Councilman Jon Erickson will both attend the event to raise awareness of the borough’s ambitious new Energy Plan.
The forum, along with the new Energy Plan, is part of the continued efforts of the “It’s In Our Power Highland Park” campaign, a Climate Showcase Community grant project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. The campaign seeks to empower members of the Highland Park community to reduce their energy bills and, in turn, lower their carbon emissions. Highland Park residents are being asked to pledge to take specific actions such as installing energy efficient lighting in their home.
The campaign’s promising new partnership with NJPIRG’s Energy Service Corps has strengthened the shared endeavor of both organizations to facilitate the widespread reduction of energy usage. As a joint program of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group and AmeriCorps, the Energy Service Corps works tirelessly to educate and engage communities around energy efficiency. Service members and volunteers with Energy Service Corps inform homeowners and renters about ways they can save energy and provide free simple home energy surveys.
The Educational Forum for Eco-Friendly Families 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 be environmental leaders in their community and save money by adopting energy efficient practices.
Kids of all ages will engage in various games and activities designed to educate them about energy issues Matthew Kaplan, the coordinator of the “It’s In Our Power Highland Park” campaign, predicts, “The forum will be both fun and informative for parents and kids alike. After adopting the ambitious new Energy Plan, Highland Park is ready to take the next step towards rallying our community around the goal of being a national leader in the reduction of carbon emissions. We are grateful that the Energy Service Corps has agreed to work with us towards achieving that goal.”
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