MAPLEWOOD, NJ — From collecting garden scraps for composting to installing energy saving windows to test driving eco-friendly mowers and cars, technology that would benefit the environment was on display at the booths of the October 12 Maplewood Green Day. 

The fair, complete with entertainment for children and adults, was held in Memorial Park. Mayor Victor DeLuca, welcoming the crowd, let the attendees know that, alongside South Orange, “the two towns are both committed to the environment.” More charging stations for electric cars are on their way, to be placed around the town, he said. And the town is also working to bring a private company to Maplewood which would rent out electric cars by the hour.

Part of that encouragement was seen at the tent of The Garden Club of the Oranges, part of the Garden Club of America. Members were selling pots and succulents members had grown. On display was a pledge residents could make to have a healthy yard. Club president Krista Moshier of Short Hills, a former Maplewood resident, said the goal is to “live more organically and without pesticides.” 

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Local car dealer DCH Audi gave test drives of their new fully electric mid-sized luxury SUV. Product specialist Justin Brown said that “with a full charge you can go close to 250 miles” in the e-tron. And that 80 percent of the battery can be charged in 30 minutes. 

Maplewood resident Joan Cohen walked around the fair while her husband, Ben, volunteered at a booth. She was there “to see what the community is doing to encourage going green,” she said. The Cohens have lived in Maplewood for 46 years, and Joan loves what the town has done over the years to support sustainable practices for the environment. She added with a smile, “Green is wonderful!”