Hoboken seeking sustainability companies, nonprofits for its Green Fair

10th version of annual event to be held Oct. 2 at Church Square Park

Green businesses or nonprofits whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability and the local arts community are invited to participate in the annual Green Fair this fall in Hoboken.

Hoboken officials are seeking vendors for the 10th annual version of the event, which will be held Oct. 2 at Church Square Park near the corner of Fourth and Garden streets. Interested vendors must register here by Sept. 20.

Hoboken officials said the fair aims to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental issues and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the Earth by selecting sustainable, ecofriendly products and services.

With that in mind, the Hoboken Green Team relaunched the citywide Hoboken Hydration Station program that helps to reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles in landfills, while making it easy for residents and visitors to stay hydrated and save money.

Initially launched in 2018, the green initiative provides free water to those with reusable water bottles at participating local businesses, which will have the Hoboken Hydration Station sticker in their storefront window.

The Green Fair and the Hoboken Hydration Stations are just two parts of Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s attempt to create a more sustainable city.

In April 2019, Bhalla initiated Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan calls for Hoboken to become carbon-neutral by 2050, exceeding the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Climate Action Plan initiatives in Hoboken have recently included the expansion of Hoboken’s residential composting drop-off program, a full ban on all carry-out plastic bags and styrofoam, the purchasing of 100% renewable electricity for all Hoboken municipal operations and energy-efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings.