Worthington News

Green on the Green festival to feature Chasing Ice, Tesla drive


Visitors to this year's Green on the Green will be able to drive an electric car, view the award-winning film, Chasing Ice, and learn more about the many ways they could make their lives "greener."

The fifth annual festival will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, on the Village Green, at state Route 161 and High Street. It is sponsored by Big Green Head, a Worthington company that helps businesses, schools and communities reduce their impact on the environment.

"We're very excited to be celebrating our fifth year of demonstrating how being a steward of the environment can be fun, interesting and even cost-effective," said Karen Ferris, executive director of Green on the Green and founder of Big Green Head.

Green on the Green's goal is to give visitors a sampling of ways to go green.

In addition to eco-friendly vendors, entertainment and food, this year's festival will feature a special screening of the Sundance film, Chasing Ice, an award-winning documentary that tells the story of acclaimed environmental photographer James Balogone's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of the changing planet.

The film has won numerous awards, including the Excellence in Cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival and the award for Best Documentary from the Environmental Media Association.

New to the festival this year is the Renewable Energy Green, sponsored by Green Energy Ohio and Interfaith Power and Light. Also new this year is the Passport to Green raffle, which encourages attendees to visit a variety of booths to register for the opportunity to win a gift basket to be raffled off during the event.

Other highlights of Green on the Green are as follows:

* Household electronics drop-off -- Recycle anything that plugs in or takes a charge.

* Electric car ride and drive -- Experience one of several electric cars, including the Tesla.

* Cooking demo with Chef Jeff Lindemeyer from Cameron's American Bistro -- Lindemeyer will demonstrate cooking with seasonal ingredients from the Worthington Farmers Market.

* An usual eco-friendly shopping experience, offering organic and fair-trade clothing, coffee and chocolates and handcrafted jewelry made from repurposed items.

* Organizations educating visitors about native plant and animal conservation.

* Exhibits, children's activities and food.