Greenfest returns to downtown Portland

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PORTLAND — The second annual Greenfest will turn Monument Square into a center of sustainable living on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The festival will feature more than 60 exhibitors, plus films, live music and workshops, covering everything from home energy efficiency to transportation to waste reduction and sustainable food production.

It will also have main stage performances by five bands, and children’s activities.

Exhibitors will range from advocacy groups such as the Friends of Casco Bay and Friends of the Presumpscot River, to manufacturers and retailers including the Portland Food Co-op, Ruth’s Reusable Resources, and Vegibag.

Exhibitions will include information on electric vehicles and the growing number of charging stations in Maine, sustainable lawn management practices, tips on converting homes to solar or wind power, and green building design.

The movies, including “Growing Local,” produced by the Maine Farmland Trust, will be screened across Congress Street at the Rines Auditorium in the Portland Public Library. Children’s activities will include face painting, creating eco-art, and wildlife exhibits.

The festival is organized by several partners, including ecomaine, the Greater Portland Sustainability Council, the University of Southern Maine, Portland Greendrinks, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Creative Portland, the Portland Public Library, the Sunrise Guide, and the Institute for Civic Leadership. 

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

The scene in Monument Square at last year’s inaugural Portland Greenfest. The second festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 12.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.