Fourth Annual Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival and Hay Day

This Saturday, September 28, at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater

 All exhibitors will be powered by solar and human energy from Zero Fossil, Chatham University hosting sustainable food challenge 

PITTSBURGH – The Fourth Annual Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival and Hay Day will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Both events are free and open to the public. Parking for the events is also free and available at the amphitheater’s Middle Road lots.

The festival, which celebrates Allegheny County’s evolution to a green economy, will feature more than 100 exhibitors and vendors, green-living demonstrations, innovative technology displays, and sustainable food and crafts for sale. The festival will be a zero-waste, solar-powered event and include a special children’s area and free giveaways, while supplies last.

Last year’s event resulted in a GOLD ZIP certification from Zero Waste Pittsburgh because of the commitment to offering a zero-waste festival.

New this year, 15 exhibitors will hold 20-minute presentations at the Presentation Tent, including sessions about biofuels, being energy efficient, rain barrels and rain gardens, and “Green” storytelling.  The National Aviary will also host a meet and greet with its African penguins, and there will be opportunities to participate in a drum circle and parade through the park.

A complete list of activities, events, exhibitors and vendors follows. Information is also available at www.alleghenycounty.us/greenfestival/index.aspx.

Presentation Schedule 

All presentations at the Presentation Tent, unless noted otherwise: 


Presentation Event 



11:00-11:20 a.m.

GTECH will present information about biofuels and teach you how to create fuel from vegetable oil


11:30-11:50 a.m.

Conservation Consultants, LLC will offer an energy efficiency workshop


11:30-12:30 p.m.


Visit the Reuse-A-Palooza Tent for the Parade of All Beings Nature Walk where you can observe wildlife and create costume ideas for the parade


12:00-12:20 p.m.

Farm to Table Pittsburgh will teach you about local food in Pittsburgh


12:30-12:50 p.m.

Spend some time with the Audubon Society learning about rain barrels and rain gardens


12:30-1:30 p.m.

Visit the Reuse-A-Palooza Tent for the Parade of All Beings Nature Walk where you can observe wildlife and create costume ideas for the parade


1:00-1:20 p.m.

Learn about food safety with Colteryahn Dairy 


1:00-1:45 p.m.

Head to the stage to join Camara Drum & Dance and participate in a drum circle


1:30-1:50 p.m.

Take a note from the Green Building Alliance and learn about energy efficient light bulbs and the Green Schools Program


2:00-2:50 p.m.

The Parade of All Beings will leave from the Reuse-A-Palooza Tent and parade through Hartwood wearing handmade, recycled materials creature costumes 


2:00-2:20 p.m.

Educate yourself by joining the Allegheny Aquatic Alliance to learn about water conservation and protection


2:30-2:50 p.m.

Join Allegheny Cleanways and learn how to stop illegal dumping


2:30-3:30 p.m.

Head to the stage to visit with the National Aviary where you can meet and greet their African penguins


3:00-3:20 p.m.

Green Grandma will present a cloth diaper demo


3:30-3:50 p.m.

It’s time for “green” storytelling with story teller and artist Alison Babusci and the Allegheny County Library Association 

Collection Events 

 Several collection events will take place during the festival. Please visit the booth of the organization collecting the items to drop them off.

What to Bring 

Organization Collecting Items 

  • Non-perishable food items and tote bags

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank 

  • New and gently used bicycle equipment

Free Ride 

  • Hard-to-recycle plastic tops - bring hard caps, not flexible caps.

(The cap to the milk jug is fine, but the cap to the sour cream container is not.)

Green Grandma 

  • New or gently used medical items, including scrubs (gently-used nursing/medical uniforms), canes, shower benches, crutches, hearing aids, walkers and nebulizers.

Global Links 

  • Used vegetable oil sealed in a non-breakable container of any size (instructions)

GTECH Strategies/ReFuel

Children’s Area  

  •  Reuse-A-Palooza – Making art with recycled items
  • Carnegie Science Center – Bio-degradable sculpture building
  • Parade of All Beings – Parade through Hartwood wearing handmade, recycled materials creature costumes

Hay Day Activities & Events 

Hay Rides

Face Painting

Balloon Art


Hay Maze

Pumpkin Patch

Bouncy Castle

Trackless Train

Michael’s Arts & Crafts Tent

Petting Zoo

Spooky Caricatures

Pony Rides

Giant Slide

Fire Truck

Exhibitors, Vendors & Food Vendors 


  •  3 Rivers Wet Weather
  • Allegheny Aquatic Alliance
  • Allegheny Cleanways
  • Allegheny County
  • Allegheny County Conservation District
  • Allegheny County Green Champions
  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • Allegheny County Library Association
  • Allegheny County Treasurer
  • Allegheny Grows
  • Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone
  • American Healthcare Group & Farm to Table
  • Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife
  • Artemis Environmental
  • Audubon Society of Western PA
  • Battery Giant of Pittsburgh
  • Bike Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Chatham University of Sustainability and the Environment
  • Chicks-In-The-Hood
  • Clean Rivers Campaign (Pittsburgh United)
  • Community Energy, Inc.
  • Commute Info
  • Conservation Consultants, Inc.
  • Construction Junction
  • Cork Tree Designs
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Eisler Landscapes
  • Free Ride Bicycle Project
  • GASP/Athletes United for Healthy Air
  • Glenshaw Presbyterian Church
  • Global Links
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
  • Green Building Alliance
  • Green Grandma
  • Green Light Biofuels
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • GreenerPittsburgh.com
  • GTECH Strategies Re-Energize Pittsburgh
  • Gutter Helmet Systems
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh
  • HLQ Associates:  Discovery Walk
  • KDKA News Radio 1020 AM
  • Knot Just Weeds
  • Leaf Filter
  • North Area Environmental Council
  • Our Children, Our Earth
  • Pair Networks, Inc.
  • Parade of All Beings
  • Penn Forest National Burial Park
  • Penn Future
  • Penn Future Black & Gold City Goes Green Campaign
  • Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh
  • Penn State Extension Allegheny County
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Pine Creek Land Conservation Trust
  • Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
  • Pittsburgh Climate Initiative
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Pittsburgh Poison Center of UPMC
  • Platypus, LLC
  • Project Eviive
  • Project H.E.R.B.S.
  • Public Utility Commission
  • Reuse-A-Palooza
  • RiverQuest
  • Robert Morris University
  • Shelter Box USA
  • Sierra Club of Allegheny County
  • Sierra Club Endangered Species Program
  • Society for Cultural Exchange
  • Sole Power, LLC
  • Stadelmyer Enterprises
  • Storm Works
  • Syntek Global
  • The Breathe Project
  • The Evergreen Cottage
  • Venture Outdoors
  • Waste Management
  • Women for a Healthy Environment
  • Zero Fossil
  • Zero Waste

 I Made It! Market Sustainable Craft Vendors  

  •  Ashley’s “Flicks n’ Wicks”
  • Brown Bird Green String
  • Close Cards
  • Devorah Naturals
  • grettas organic tees
  • halfabee handmade
  • lazypeas
  • MakeWan Design
  • Mama Made Them
  • Neighborhood Blonde
  • Nine & Twenty
  • ohyousillygoose
  • Ringo Wild
  • SilentLotus Creations
  • Skull Soup
  • Stella Divina
  • Struthers Turning Studio
  • The Kreepy Doll Factory
  • Vehement Romantic
  • Wood-N-You Like It

  Chatham University Sustainable Food Challenge  

 Graduate students at Chatham University’s Food Studies program developed a Sustainable Food Challenge for the Green & Innovation Festival to help better educate festival goers about the abundance of local, sustainable foods in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

 Local vendors who will participate include:

  •  BRGR
  • Chatham University
  • Crested Duck Charcuterie
  • Colteryahn Dairy
  • Franktuary
  • Healcrest Urban Farm
  • Marty’s Market
  • Pittsburgh Crepes
  • Polish Pierogi
  • Randita’s
  • Sito’s Middle Eastern Foods
  • Soup Nancy’s
  • The Pop Stop
  • Wood Fired Flatbreads
  • Zest Wishes


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