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New York City's Union Square Greenmarket was transformed into a green energy classroom on Monday. GrowNYC's spring energy fair educated visitors on recycling and accessible forms of energy.

"We are trying to get them to be aware of the fact that this whole issue of green design is becoming more popular, and to think about it in their own homes, think about it in their own lives, and also for the classes coming by to replicate the projects," said Mike Zamm, GrowNYC's director of environmental education.

There were a variety of exhibits from recycling education to making seed necklaces. The practice of rainwater harvesting was demonstrated with a bicycle powered water pump. And for this fitness freak there was even a stationary bike making smoothies. Now that's my kind of renewable energy.

Students from James Madison High School and Edward R. Morrow High School also took part in the energy fair showing off their green designed models. The students are hoping to teach everyone that there are different forms of sustainable development whether you are in an urban area or a rural one.

There was a green designed sewage treatment plant, an organic farm, a modeled water shed, and even green designed commercial and residential buildings.

"Each project signifies a different industry and how the construction and the buildings and some of the aspects can be more sustainable," said Magdalene Belizaire, a teacher at James Madison High School.

They even constructed pizza box solar ovens that reached up to 200 degrees. Hot enough to cook up cheese, basil, and tomato sandwiches. These young men and women were thrilled to share their knowledge.

"I'm very happy to be able to show the world exactly how much you can help your world, how much you can make a difference, how much you can make a change to help this earth be as fresh as it should be," said Aaron Malka, a student.

From what I saw, these students have a bright future in the field of environmental engineering.

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