Going Green in Queens, the annual event on composting and other outdoor initiatives in the borough, will be moved to the early fall this year.
Fred Kress, organizer of the Flushing event and president of the Queens Coalition for Parks and Greenspaces, said pushing the daylong session back to September will enable more groups to connect with students looking for volunteer service opportunities.
The coalition has put together a high school volunteer handbook so students who have just returned to school can find organizations to test their skills at the event. A growing number of high schools are requiring students to volunteer before they graduate.
As part of the 14th annual event at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Kress said there will be more hands-on demonstrations and participatory workshops to promote the adoption of a greener lifestyle in Queens. The session will wind up with recycling, which has been a popular draw in the past.
Kress said holding Going Green in late September rather than the spring will offer participants a different perspective on nature’s cycle.
TimesLedger Newspapers has sponsored the event since its inception.
Information about the date of the Going Green conference and the schedule of events will be made available later in the year.