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Celebrate Earth Day!! : Here’s a sampling of Fairfield County, CT events…

May 17, 2011 01:00PM

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Bruce Museum Hosts Science Lecture – 3 p.m.
One Museum Drive. Greenwich
Free/members. $5/non-members.
Stanford University’s Sally M. Benson: “The Coming Transition to a Climate-Friendly Energy System for the 21st Century.”
Info: 203.869.6786 x420, www.brucemuseum.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Earth Day at Stepping Stones Museum - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk
Environmentally friendly programs including rainforest scavenger hunt, making rain sticks from recyclables, music.
Info: 203.899.0606, www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 18 & 19

Beardsley Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” – 12 to 3 p.m.
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport
Earth-friendly activities and environmental hootenanny promote better health for the planet and ourselves.
Info: 203.394.6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, APRIL 21-23

Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s “Take a Hike” Week
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
Free/members. $8/adults. $4/kids.Hands-on activities including guided hikes, Earth Day educational scavenger hunt.
Info: 203.322.1646, www.stamfordmuseum.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Going Green in Your Own Backyard – 6:30 p.m.
Congregational Church, 524 Pequot Avenue, Southport
Free. Fairfield and Sasqua Garden Clubs offer information on how to organically manage lawns and gardens.
Info: http://www.fairfieldct.org (community calendar)

SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Green Earth Fair Held in Westport – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport
$5. All ages. Green living demonstrations, live animals, speakers, recycling exhibits, music, eco-friendly vendors.
Info: 203.227.7253, www.earthplace.org.

Ridgefield Events Honor Earth and Arbor Days.
Ancona’s, 720 Branchville Road, Ridgefield - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
Free. Food, exhibits, activities. Bring documents for shredding.
Info: 203.544.8436, www.anconasmarket.com
Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road, Ridgefield - 2 to 5 p.m
Free. Earth-friendly vendors, speakers, activities.
Info: Vicki Yolen 203.438.7809 or [email protected].

Earth Friendly Event at Huckleberry Hill – 12 to 4 p.m.
Huckleberry Hill School, 100 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield
Bird house building, hiking, conservation, earth-friendly crafts.
Info: http://bosli.org/News_-_Links.html

Trends from Our Local Green Businesses

"I've seen a spike in interest for organic vegetable gardens. Homeowners are beginning to realize their suburban yard can produce a bountiful harvest of organic vegetables and fruits. Planting native plants to support the local ecosystem is also very popular. Awareness of the need to plant rain gardens, and buffer gardens to protect our drinking water has also increased dramatically. It all starts with sustainable landscape design. Creating beautiful and environmentally sound landscapes is very rewarding." - Brid Craddock, Growing Solutions, LLC, APLD Associate, NOFA
Call Growing Solutions at 866-476-9765 or visit
GrowSo.com

“Consumers are bombarded with “green”, “natural”, “organic” claims made without clear regulated standards. A helpful hint for green mattress shoppers is to ask “Is there any polyurethane foam in the mattress?” and “What does the manufacturer use as a flame retardant in order to pass the new fire safety law?” If the salesperson doesn’t know, look at the law label. It won’t tell you if there are toxic flame retardants, but it will state if there is polyurethane in the mattress.” - Dave Spittal, Essentia Mattress
Visit Essentia at the Danbury Fair Mall (2nd level) or at
EssentiaDirect.com.

“The surge of media attention over the past year has lead to increased demand for green insulation services which has helped to reduce supplier costs. In combination with the significant state and federal stimulus actions plus lower utility bills, the time to go green has never been more cost-effective for the consumer.” – Hugo Salinas, NY Energy Conservation Co.
Call NY Energy Conservation Co. at 914.654.1937 or visit
nyconservation.com.

“People often ask how much more it costs to build green, but it’s the wrong question. An energy efficient, green home can actually cost less than one merely built to code. For example, spending a little more for upgraded insulation and high-performance windows means you can use a smaller HVAC system, which will cost less. Some upgrades, like geothermal systems do cost more up front, but more than pay for themselves over time. The result – a healthier, more comfortable home with lower monthly bills. As energy costs rise, as they surely will, home buyers will settle for nothing less.” – Barry Katz, CGP, LEED AP

Call Barry Katz Homebuilding at 203.454.2941 or visit [email protected]