As the fall season approaches, Union County residents, business owners and visitors can explore new ways to save money and help preserve a healthy environment by tuning in to the new Earth Day Every Day live webinar series created in part by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. The free series kicks off on September 14 at 6:30 p.m. and will continue each week throughout the fall.

Earth Day Every Day builds on the success of the Earth Day At Home webinar series, launched by the Extension last spring in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

“The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County connects our community with fact-based guidance that empowers people to improve their own well-being, while also contributing to a safe, healthy environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Extension has redoubled their educational and outreach work during the COVID-19 outbreak, and Freeholder Board is proud to support their efforts to inform and empower people of all ages.”

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To register and join the new Earth Day Every Day webinars, and to view recorded versions from the series last spring, visit envirostewards.rutgers.edu/Earth-Day.

The new fall topics are:

9/14/20- Winterizing Your Home for Maximum Energy Efficiency

9/21/20- Collecting Native Seeds: Sow Much to Know!

9/28/20- Fall Lawn Care the Earthwise Way

10/5/20- RU Wildlife Wise: Defensive Driving to Avoid Wildlife

10/13/20- What's An Energy Audit and Do you Need One?*

10/19/20- Ten Ways to Adapt to Coastal Flooding

10/26/20- RU Wildlife Wise: Demystifying Iconic Halloween Animals

11/2/20- Basics of Recycling

*Please note that the October 13 webinar takes place on a Tuesday.

For more expert guidance on wellness, view the latest issue of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s “Family and Community Health Sciences Visions” newsletter online at njaes.rutgers.edu/visions. Topics include pet food safety, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, and much more.

Students in grades k-12 can explore STEAM activities and community service opportunities through 4-H from Home, created by the Extension’s 4-H youth development program.

Nature enthusiasts of all ages can also visit Union County’s own Trailside Nature and Science Center online at ucnj.org/trailside to participate in the “Virtual Summer Camp” series, featuring original videos, crafts, and more. Weekly topics include Turtle Time, Pond and Stream, and Trees are Terrific among others.

Union County is part of the Choose to Reuse statewide anti-litter effort, which aims to reduce plastic waste and improve recycling rates. For reliable information on what to recycle – and what not to recycle -- view the “Recycle Right” video and find links to other County-sponsored recycling programs at ucnj.org/recycling.

In addition, residents can download the free Recycle Coach app for up-to-date information about recycling in each Union County municipality, along with fun interactive videos and more.

Union County also encourages residents, businesses and visitors to cut down on single-use plastics through the #MakeOneChangeUC campaign.

Union County’s ongoing environmental programs include drop-off recycling events, open space preservation, nature education, tree planting, pollinator habitats, community gardening and more. For quick links to all Union County environmental programs and activities visit ucnj.org/green-connect. Please note COVID-19 safety precautions are required for all recycling events. Other in-person activities are limited at this time due to the outbreak.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is a program of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and is supported in part by the Freeholder Board. For more Extension news and programs for environmental conservation and personal health in Union County visit ucnj.org/rce.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and a list of locations for walk-up tests, visit ucnj.org/coronavirus-update.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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