A file photo from the 2016 Mercer Green Fest, formally known as the Living Local Expo. (Courtesy Mercer County Sustainability Coalition Facebook.)

This year’s annual Mercer Green Fest will be held March 17 at Rider University’s Student Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will feature live entertainment, local sustainable businesses, sustainable community groups, a farmer’s market, local fresh food, demonstrations, and family-friendly entertainment.

More than 75 eco-friendly businesses, organizations, and schools will be offering information and incentives to help area residents go green and save money. Visitors can learn about a variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as bike trails, food waste recycling programs, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, health, exercise and wellness, and robotics projects from area schools and groups.

Grammy-nominated Miss Amy’s Band will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Eyes of the Wild will perform their their wildlife show at 1 p.m. Solar Man Lyle Rowlin will show kids how solar energy is made with a solar panel at 2 p.m.

Artists from Artworks Trenton will display works that are upcycled from trash, and demonstrations throughout the day will show visitors how to make their own upcycled art.

The Mercer Green Fest is presented by the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, which is comprised of East Windsor Clean Communities Advisory Committee and Environmental Commission, Ewing Green Team and Environmental Commission, Hamilton Township Green Team and Environmental Commission, Hightstown Borough Environmental Commission, Hopewell Valley Green Team, Lawrence Township Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, Robbinsville Township Green Advisory Committee, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, City of Trenton Green Team, and the West Windsor Township Environmental Commission.

For more information about this year’s Mercer Green Fest, visit sustainablelawrence.org.