What Can You Learn About The Sustainable Lifestyle at the Eco-Carnival?

On Sunday, October 11 the 2nd Annual Green City Challenge Eco-Carnival will be held at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden on Avenue C and East 9th Street in Manhattan’s East Village from 12 – 4 pm. This event is open to the public and is absolutely free!

Why should you come to the Eco-Carnival? For one thing, you and your kids will have fun! There will be several interactive activities designed for children and adults that are both fun and educational. For example, you can learn about energy conservation. In the What’s the Watts Challenge, you have to rank in order certain household electronic appliances according to the amount of energy they use. You think this is easy? Think again!

Another challenge or activity at the Eco-Carnival is the Build It Green Challenge. In this activity, you have to identify building materials that are green and explain why they are green. Most construction materials are made with toxic chemicals such as Volatile Organic Compounds that escape into the air for years and years after they have been used in construction. You can avoid these chemicals by purchasing materials that are green or by insisting that your contractor use green materials. Of course, you have to be aware of the hazards that exist before you can begin to take measures to avoid toxic construction materials. The Build It Green Challenge will help you learn about the hazards of common construction materials and will help you identify the safe/green ones.

Do you think you know what to recycle and what not to recycle in New York City? The Recycle It Challenge will require you to sort 20 items into the right bins in 3 minutes or less. Again, if you think this is easy, I dare you to try it! Most adults do worse than children in this activity. Even if you are a recycling expert, you will learn something and you will have fun!

The main goal of the Eco-Carnival is to educate New Yorkers about ways to live, work and eat green in a fun and unique manner. The interactive activities are meant to teach you how to change your lifestyle in small but meaningful ways that will lower your environmental impact and may even save you money.We hope to see you at the Eco-Carnival on Sunday, October 11 from 12 – 4 pm at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden on Avenue C and East 9th Street in the East Village.