Green Summer 2012by greenspacewriter 06/03/2012
Although summer’s official start date has yet to arrive, the recent weather conditions suggest that’s it’s already here. Summer is a naturally freeing and nostalgic season, especially in the Northeast. We’re reminded of the school vacations of our childhoods and can finally go out on the weekend without a jacket. Without the fear of black ice, getting outside becomes enjoyable again. Everything is just a little bit better in the summertime.
So what better way to kick off the 2012 summer season than with some events that celebrate the outdoors and promote sustainability in your city?
On Wednesday, June 20th, the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Garden will host a benefit for the Queens Harvest Food Co-Op, Western Queens’ first cooperative. Dr. Joan Gussow will be the featured guest speaker and dinner as well as local beer and wine will be served to attendees. This event also presents the opportunity to meet the urban farmers running the roof garden, itself. For more information, take a look at Green Edge NYC’s profile of the event (http://bit.ly/LZqR4I).
If mid-week activities pose as a challenge to you, why not attend the City of New York Parks and Recreation department’s 8th annual “Adventures NYC.” The event will be held on Saturday, June 23rd in the Bandshell Area of Central Park. There will be a slew of outdoor activities that you can participate in completely free of charge. To see a list of the activities featured, check out the City of New York Parks and Recreation page (http://bit.ly/L5y04p).
Not going to be in New York City this August? If you happen to be in the Boston area from August 16th – 18th, the Boston GreenFest 2012 is certainly worthwhile. There is an entire schedule of events that appeal to both children and adults, all in the name of green lifestyles and practices (http://bit.ly/LcSkF6).
Closing out the summer and entering fall, you might also consider making a trip down to Washington DC for the Green Festival taking place September 29 – 30. You can enjoy a little extra warm weather in the capital as you peruse the plethora of eco-friendly products exhibited at the event (http://bit.ly/LVLgZ6).
As more people participate in green events such as these, the sustainable movement gains increased visibility and, as a result, there is greater awareness in each community about the importance of living sustainably, even in an urban environment.