Leap, the mascot of Mercer Island’s sustainability fair, greets young residents at the event on April 14. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Leap, the mascot of Mercer Island’s sustainability fair, greets young residents at the event on April 14. Katie Metzger/staff photo

With renewed focus on sustainability, Mercer Island hosts Leap for Green Fair

The annual event started in 2008, as a celebration of Earth Day.

Mercer Island hosted its annual Leap for Green Fair on April 14 at the Community and Event Center, featuring live music, food trucks, a petting zoo and other activities for kids and families to peruse local sustainability resources and learn more about environmental practices.

Keeping with this year’s theme of “On the Move,” Islanders learned how to travel around the region more sustainably with LimeBike, Sound Transit, Metro, Neighbors in Motion and more. The city also displayed its alternative-fuel vehicles and promoted its new rideshare pilot program with Lyft and Uber.

Mercer Island has a renewed focus on going green this year, as the city council highlighted deepening “the city’s commitment to sustainability and livability” as one of its 2018-2019 goals.

The fair began in 2008, as a celebration of Earth Day (April 22). See www.mercergov.org/GreenFair for more.

Local families enjoy the petting zoo at the Leap for Green Sustainability Fair on Mercer Island, which featured baby goats, bunnies, chickens and even a wallaby. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Local families enjoy the petting zoo at the Leap for Green Sustainability Fair on Mercer Island, which featured baby goats, bunnies, chickens and even a wallaby. Katie Metzger/staff photo

The Yaamba Marimba Band performs at Mercer Island’s Leap for Green event. Katie Metzger/staff photo

The Yaamba Marimba Band performs at Mercer Island’s Leap for Green event. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Mercer Island musician Nancy Stewart, left, performs with the Bus Boys Band at Saturday’s fair. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Mercer Island musician Nancy Stewart, left, performs with the Bus Boys Band at Saturday’s fair. Katie Metzger/staff photo

LimeBike offers electric bike demos at the Leap for Green fair. Katie Metzger/staff photo

LimeBike offers electric bike demos at the Leap for Green fair. Katie Metzger/staff photo

A young girl snuggles a baby goat in the petting zoo at Saturday’s fair. Katie Metzger/staff photo

A young girl snuggles a baby goat in the petting zoo at Saturday’s fair. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Leap for Green offers many interactive activities for kids, including arts and crafts, games and story time with the Mercer Island Library. Katie Metzger/staff photo

Leap for Green offers many interactive activities for kids, including arts and crafts, games and story time with the Mercer Island Library. Katie Metzger/staff photo

A wallaby entertains Islanders in the Animal Encounters Farm at the city’s sustainability fair on April 14. Katie Metzger/staff photo

A wallaby entertains Islanders in the Animal Encounters Farm at the city’s sustainability fair on April 14. Katie Metzger/staff photo

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