September 1, 2016
By Lou Hancherick

1374123Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB), a non-profit group from Butler County committed to educating the public to the health and safety risks of unconventional natural gas development, is sponsoring the fourth annual Go Green Festival on September 10. The festival presents alternatives to fossil fuel and fracking by showcasing the economic and climate benefits of alternate forms of energy, as well as the benefits of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars. The Electric Car Show and Cruise is part of the National Drive Electric Week, sponsored nationally by the Sierra Club, Plug In America, Electric Auto Association, and Nissan.

The theme of the festival is “Driving to a New Energy Future,”  featuring an Electric Car cruise where owners of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles can show their cars, answer questions, and offer rides to festival goers. Manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, Tesla, and Nissan are expected be on hand displaying their latest offerings.

There is free admission for everyone at the family friendly Go Green Festival, which also features unique children activities. Free snow cones made with solar power are a special benefit.

The Go Green Festival, which will be held held outdoors in the lower parking lot at Kohl’s department store in nearby Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, will go on rain or shine. Zero Fossil, a portable power provider, will supply solar generated power for the event.

Vendors, such as solar installers, energy choice suppliers and others will will be on hand to talk about and display their products. Grassroots activist groups will be among other exhibitors. The Fair kicks off at 11:00 AM and runs until 5:00 PM.

Lou Hancherick is the coordinator for the Go Green Festival and core member of Marcellus Outreach Butler.