Somerset County Residents Encouraged To Reduce Their “Carbon Footprint”

BASKING RIDGE – In the continuing effort to educate the public sector on methods of saving energy and reducing the individual “carbon footprint,” the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center has organized its fifth annual “Eco-Rally.” The prior events have involved over 1,000 participants each year.

Beginning Monday, April 1 and concluding Monday, April 15, participating individuals, families, and work, social, or school groups will have an opportunity to maintain a daily log of everyday tasks that serve to reduce the use of energy and promote a greener lifestyle. Recommended actions include turning off lights when leaving a room, cycling or walking instead of driving, utilizing reusable bags when shopping, planting a native garden or tree, carrying lunch in reusable containers, and other methods of saving energy.

Participants are asked to create a display of posters or pictures representing their contribution to the environment. Awards will be given for “Most Creative Display”, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, “Water Conservation”, “Green Thumb”, and “Energy Conservation”. Projects and awards will be exhibited at the annual Project Earth Swamp Search on Sunday, April 28 at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

“The Eco-Rally provides an opportunity for individuals to become aware of the little things that people can do as part of their every day lives that serve to minimize their carbon footprint,” said Carrie Springer, naturalist at the Environmental Education Center. “The Eco-Rally reinforces the fact that these very important actions are easy to accomplish and little by little, create a significant positive impact on the environment.”

There is no charge for participation and teams are encouraged to sign up in advance. To request an application or for further information, contact Maria Rossi, naturalist, at 1-908-766-2489, ext. 334 or email

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