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.