BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Each year, the "Eco-Rally" for Somerset County, based out of the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, has encouraged and educated residents on ways of saving energy and reducing the individual's “carbon footprint" on the earth.

In previous years, the Somerset County Park Commission's “Eco-Rally" - now in its eighth year - has nvolved over 1,000 participants.
 
Beginning Friday, April 1 and concluding Friday, April 15, participating individuals, families, and work, social, or school groups will have an opportunity to complete everyday tasks that serve to reduce the use of energy and promote a greener lifestyle.

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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 in categories such as creativity, eco-friendly projects, outstanding accomplishments, and more.  

Projects and awards will be exhibited at the annual Project Earth Swamp Search on Sunday, April 24 at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. 
 
“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,” stated 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, 908-766-2489, ext. 334 or email mrossi@scparks.org.