Prout To Speak On Green Burials


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Bob Prout, the owner of the solar-powered Prout Funeral Home in Verona, is going to be speaking on natural burials at the Garden State Greenfest this Friday and Saturday.

Prout will give a short history of the natural burial movement in the U.S. and talk about ways to achieve a greener funeral, from choosing a sustainable or biodegradable casket or shroud to natural burial cemeteries. Prout is the first funeral director in New Jersey to be certified by the Green Burial Council and the first in the nation to receive the Green Funeral Practices Award from the National Funeral Directors Association.

The GreenFest is being held at Kean University in Union and Prout will be speaking at noon on both days. GreenFest runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and there are a variety of other presenters, from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Chris Murphy, a Roseland store that features alternative building materials. Tickets are $7 for adults per day.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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