October 17, 2021

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Downtown Ann Arbor streets to close for return of annual Green Fair

ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor’s annual Green Fair is returning to the streets of downtown Ann Arbor.

The event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, with street closures on Main, Liberty and Washington streets.

“I’m delighted that we’re able to have the Green Fair this year,” Mayor Christopher Taylor said, describing it as a chance for community members to learn how to be better stewards of the environment, reduce carbon footprints, go solar, utilize geothermal energy and move closer to zero waste.

City Council approved closing the streets to automobile traffic for the event, including Main Street from William to Huron and Liberty Street from Ashley to Fourth Avenue. Washington Street also will be closed from Ashley to Fourth except for traffic entering or exiting the Fourth and Washington parking deck.

The closures are expected to last 3-11 p.m.

Pedestrians will be able to roam the streets and explore various exhibits. The fair showcases environmental and sustainability practices and products and features booths by nonprofit organizations, government agencies and businesses.

It’s also a place where people can learn how to help meet the city’s A2Zero carbon-neutrality goals, Taylor said.

“Stop by to learn what you can do to help us achieve our carbon-neutrality goals and forge a cleaner, greener future for you and our planet!” the city website states. “Check out some energy-saving appliances; learn from interactive solar displays; ask questions of solar installers; learn about green commuting options like electric vehicles, e-bikes, and The Ride; engage with local green businesses and non-profits; or just enjoy some live entertainment — whatever you do, there’s something for everyone at Green Fair!”

The annual Green Fair, an event typically held in June but postponed amid the pandemic, was started two decades ago by former Mayor John Hieftje. This year’s Green Fair is partnering with a2Tech360, a weeklong celebration of innovation from Oct. 1-8 organized by Ann Arbor SPARK.

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