Staten Island Green & Clean Festival to focus on youth education, sustainability

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Staten Island Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) announced Monday that youth education and sustainability will be the focus of its sixth annual SI Green & Clean Festival.

This year's SI Green & Clean Festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 at the Grand Oaks Country Club, Huguenot, will feature hands-on demonstrations and 50 vendors, including local organizations and Staten Island-based nonprofits.

The festival's youth education programs will be sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Borough President James Oddo, Calcagno Construction and Adco Electrical Corporation.

The program will include:

  • Pratt Industries will discuss the importance of recycling and how to do so at home, work or school.
  • Adrian Wilton of Living Restoration will talk about urban agriculture in New York City and how to create green walls and roofs in an urban environment.
  • Lisa A. Esposito of Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice will discuss the best practices when adopting a pet, as well as how to prepare your animal for the outdoors and the upcoming summer season.
  • The YMCA will host a robotics demonstration and a "Trash to Treasures" arts and crafts class, which will show students how to take something old and reusable to make something new.
  • Carol Hooper of NYC Compost Project will discuss composting and its importance to creating a sustainable society.
  • Thomas Gately of Green Power Solutions will display its mini solar race cars.
  • Level Solar will invite students to learn more about climate change, the environment and what you can do to help make a positive impact.

In addition to the vending portion, the main ballroom will feature panel discussions on business improvement districts and merchant groups, urban farming, the Billion Oyster Project and the SI Aerial Gondola Design Competition.

Breakout sessions will include information on the Green Challenge Grant by Richmond County Savings Foundation, SIEDC's business incubator programs, the West Shore Brownfield Opportunity Area and industrial business assistance programs.

The festival will also feature hands-on demonstrations including pet adoptions, the Tottenville High School solar car, a drone demonstration and electronics recycling.

The event will conclude with the "It's Organic" cocktail bash and the Felix T. Gilroy Green Genesis awards, which are open to all SIEDC members, vendors and sponsors. VIP keynote ticket packages for the breakfast and cocktail bash can be purchased on the event website at www.sigreenfest.com.

On hand for the press conference Monday at Pratt Industries were Adam Zellner of Greener by Design and the SI Green & Clean Festival ambassador, as well as presenting sponsors and SIEDC board event chairs Hank Levin of Pratt Industries and Carol Decina of National Grid; Ralph Branca, SIEDC chairman and president and CEO of Victory State Bank, and SIEDC Youth Program Ambassador Sal Calcagno Jr.

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