EAST BRUNSWICK – The Option Green Speakers Series presented by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission continues on Wednesday, April 26, with a talk on hydroculture – the science of growing plants in a soil-free environment.

The program will be held at the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Alea, a field researcher in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers, will present the program.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Rutgers and managed the display greenhouse at International Flavors and Fragrances, where she gained experience in hydroculture. She also holds a master’s in public health in epidemiology from Florida International University.

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The next Option Green program on May 24 will feature New Jersey State Climatologist and Rutgers Geography Professor David Robinson, who will discuss what’s happening to New Jersey’s climate in an era of heightened interest in climate change, its causes and impacts.

The programs are co-sponsored by the library.

The Friends of EBEC is a nonprofit citizens group dedicated to local environmental education and conservation. In addition to its Option Green Speakers Series the Friends sponsors National Moth Week, Freecycling Days, Amphibian Protection, Community Garden, Butterfly Park, Moth Nights and events that help to educate the public about the environment and sustainable practices. Membership is free. For more information, go to friendsebec.com.