PSEG Global Green Expo Announced
Earth Day event set for Jersey City’s Liberty State Park: April 25, 26, 27
To educate NJ consumers and businesses about what they can do to make a difference in the battle against climate change
Plans were unveiled today for what organizers say will be one of the biggest and most comprehensive Earth Day events to take place in New Jersey.
Officials announced that Liberty State Park in Jersey City will be the site of the PSEG Global Green Expo, a three-day event designed to educate the state’s residents and businesses about what they can do to make a difference in the battle against climate change.
The Expo will take place April 25, 26, 27 – the weekend following Earth Day – and is expected to attract thousands of people to learn about eco-friendly products, programs and services available for consumers and businesses.
“While climate change is a global problem, there are steps that each of us here in New Jersey can take to make a difference,” said Ralph Izzo, chairman, president and CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), which is the Expo’s primary sponsor. “The Expo will be an event designed to inform and inspire people about what they can do to make our world a cleaner, healthier place to live.”
“I can’t think of a more fitting venue for this event than historic Liberty State Park, the crown jewel of our world-class parks system. With its views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, this oasis on the Jersey City waterfront stands as a testament to the power each of us has to transform possibilities into progress. It’s an especially uplifting backdrop for those who will gather there to bring about substantive environmental change,” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson said.
The Expo will feature hundreds of exhibits, interactive workshops, presentations by environmental leaders and organizations, family entertainment and a wholesome food court. Programs at the event will cover building and remodeling, energy, food, household products, lifestyle, transportation, and yard and garden.
Izzo said the first 1,000 people to enter the Expo each day will be given a free compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), courtesy of PSEG. These bulbs use 75 percent less energy than standard lighting, last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs, and save an average of $30 or more in energy costs during the life of the bulb.
Among the Expo’s scheduled celebrity speakers are:
--Actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr., an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years who lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy;
--Emmy award and Golden Globe award-winning actor Ted Danson, whose environmental work includes informing Americans about life-threatening hazards involving abuse of the oceans;
--Deirdre Imus, best-selling author of Green This! Volume 1: Greening the Cleaning;
--Jeff Corwin, Emmy-award winning host of the highly popular The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin’s Quest television shows on the Animal Planet, who has established an interactive museum and environmental education center in Norwell, MA. Jeff holds a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries conservation.
“New Jersey companies are increasingly focused on developing products and services that are beneficial to the environment,” said Joan Verplank, president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. “The Expo will serve as an important forum for these businesses to communicate these efforts. We applaud PSEG for supporting this event and putting the issue of protecting the environment in the forefront.”
Izzo said PSEG has taken a number of steps to reduce its own carbon footprint and has been encouraging its customers and other businesses to do the same. He noted PSEG is investing in hybrid vehicles and biofuel, as well as energy efficient wires and transformers. Its utility business, PSE&G, has proposed to invest $100 million to help spur investment in solar energy and announced a campaign to give 100,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs to customers in communities across the state. He said PSE&G has also proposed customer-oriented initiatives around carbon abatement and advanced metering infrastructure technologies.
In recognition of PSEG’s partnership with Jersey City and the city’s role in hosting the Global Green Expo, Izzo said the company will provide the Jersey City Museum with a $50,000 grant to support energy-efficiency projects and other environmental enhancements of the Museum’s building. “Customers look to us for energy recommendations and assistance, and we are glad to help an institution such as the Museum,” Izzo said.
“We’re excited that Jersey City was chosen as the location for this important event that will educate the public about climate change and the simple steps we can all take to improve our environment,” said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy.
Tickets to the PSEG Global Green Expo are $15 for one day, $25 for two days; and $35 for a three-day pass. Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Other Expo sponsors include The Star-Ledger, Nj.com, WNJN, The Jersey Journal and Liberty Science Center. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Friends of Liberty State Park for the purchase and planting of trees to offset greenhouse gas emissions in Liberty State Park as well as to fund an environmental literacy program for New Jersey school children.
The event will be held in the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park. Expo producer Kent Coules calls the site “a model of urban renewal, a shining example of what people can do when they are committed to making the world around them a better place to live.” The development of Liberty State Park marked a renaissance of the waterfront and transformed a decaying former railroad yard into part of the largest urban state park in the country. Most of the 1,122 acre park is open space with approximately 300 acres developed for public recreation.
Liberty State Park is located off of exit 14B of the New Jersey Turnpike and is easily accessible via mass transit via PATH trains into Exchange Place in Jersey City and the Light Rail service into the Park. For additional information about the Expo please visit www.nj.com/globalgreen.
The complete text of Izzo’s remarks can be found at www.pseg.com in the “News” section.
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of more than $12 billion, and three principal subsidiaries: PSEG Power, PSEG Energy Holdings, and Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G).
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