Green Fair in Akron

by Cindy Pantea

green fair akron summit county dapIn an effort to educate the Akron workforce, business friends and residents on using green products that are not only environmentally friendly but help improve our quality of life, the City of Akron, Summit County and Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) partner will host another Green Fair.  What has become a yearly event, this upcoming green fair will be held

Friday, May 1, 2015, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

at Lock 3 (200 S. Main St.)

The event will take place in conjunction with DAP’s Annual Green & Clean Day, when typically more than 300 volunteers clean, mulch and paint the downtown Akron neighborhood.

If you are a green vendor who wants to display environmentally friendly products or services, you are welcome to register by clicking on and downloading the pdf: Green Fair Letter and Registration-15.

Return registration to Jerry Roberts, Purchasing Agent, at 166 S. High St., Rm. 501, Akron, OH 44308, by April 17.

Questions? Call Jerry Roberts, City of Akron, 330.375.2174; Jon Holland, County of Summit, 330.926.2492; or Suzie Graham, DAP, 330.374.7676.

Look for Keep Akron Beautiful at the Green Fair

Whether you are vendor or a visitor who plans to attend this event, look for Cindy and Helen at the Keep Akron Beautiful vendor booth. We will be showing how you can keep your summer outside events litter free.

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See you at the Green Fair!


Real Christmas Trees: The Environmental Choice

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Celebrating the holiday season with a Real Christmas Tree is a long-standing tradition. Each year, 30 to 35 million American families celebrate the holiday season with a fresh, farm-grown Christmas Tree. Christmas Tree enthusiasts believe the aroma of a Real Christmas Tree is a strong reminder and symbol of life, family traditions and the innocence of childhood itself.  A farm-grown Christmas Tree provides food for the soul, for many people!

For my family, the real versus artificial Christmas Tree debate seems to replay itself each year.  “Should we get a real tree?” or “Should we just put up the artificial one?” — these are the questions we hear over and over at my house. But, as I do my research, it seems to me that the real Christmas Tree is the environmental choice!

For those of you artificial tree-lovers out there, why do you always put up the artificial tree? I know in my family, GUILT happens to be the reason my parents usually put up their artificial Christmas Tree. My mom feels guilty cutting down a new tree each year, however, this year, I may be able to persuade her into getting a real tree after doing some research and finding out that real trees are truly more sustainable and environmentally safe than the artificial option.

Things to consider when making your decision are:

  • While they are growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen.
  • Real Christmas Trees are grown on a farm, just like any other crop. Harvesting a Christmas Tree is no more damaging to the environment than harvesting vegetables!
  •  According to the Ohio Christmas Tree Association, for every real Christmas tree harvested, up to 3 seedlings are planted in it’s place the following spring. The seedling planting helps to ensure a healthy supply of Christmas Trees each year.
  • The average family uses an artificial Christmas Tree for six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.
  •  Farm-grown trees are biodegradable  which means they can be used or recycled for many other purposes.
  • The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used in most artificial trees has been boycotted by environmental and health groups.
  • American Forests, a world leader in tree planting for environmental restoration, has publicly endorsed the commercial growing and use of farm-grown Christmas Trees.
If you are interested in finding a real Christmas tree, but don’t know where the nearest tree farm is, head over to The Ohio Christmas Tree Association to search for the nearest tree farm, by your zip code. Most of the real Christmas Trees are now being recycled at the end of the season in a process called “treecycling”. To learn more about recycling your Christmas Tree, visit the National Christmas Tree Association.
Happy Holidays to you and your family from the staff at Keep Akron Beautiful! Obviously, real trees top our charts this year. We hope that you will go ‘green’ this season and buy a real Christmas Tree. They may shed needles on the floor, but investing in this U.S. based product and helping to keep many local farmers in business is an ‘A’ in our book!