Wilton Earth Day — Esty to speak 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton
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In honor of Wilton’s Earth Day celebration, Wilton Go Green, Inc. has invited Daniel C. Esty, Connecticut Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to speak on “Protecting our Environment in Turbulent Times” on Saturday, April 21 at Trackside Teen Center, 15 Station Road, Wilton at 2 p.m.
“We are extremely proud to have the Commissioner of the DEEP be our keynote speaker for our Earth Day festivities,” said Jana Bertkau, President of Wilton Go Green. Mr. Esty will discuss how Connecticut is committed to serving as a national model on how an integrated approach to energy and the environment can best protect the public health and our natural resources – and also contribute to economic growth and job creation.
Wilton Go Green, Inc. is teaming up with the Wilton Family Y and the Wilton Alliance for a Healthier Community to present a variety of Earth Day activities beginning with First Selectman William Brennan’s dedication of Wilton’s new Wellness Park located at the intersection of Kristine Lilly Way and School Road at noon. The Chamber of Commerce will offer special “Cash Mob” discounts at many Wilton stores for attendees of the ribbon -cutting ceremony. Following the ceremony, families are invited to participate in a one-mile run, bike or walk from the Wellness Park into Wilton Center. There will also be an Environmentally Healthy Scavenger Hunt hidden along the path to Merwin Meadows. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their shovels and gloves to prepare the community spring vegetable garden at Trackside.
At 12:30 the public is invited to view the spring program exhibits throughout the Trackside Teen Center. The Nissan Leaf electric car will be on display as well as information about all the healthy activities and programs offered by local organizations, such as Ambler Farm, Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton’s Farmer’s Market, Wilton Go Green’s Spring Green Homes Tour, Neighbor to Neighbor’s Energy Challenge, summer camps at the Y and Parks and Recreation, Library and Trackside events, and Youth Council initiatives. Healthy refreshments will be offered at Trackside before the Commissioner speaks at 2 p.m.
For further information, please visit www.wiltongogreen.org or contact Karen Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilton Go Green is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to engage the community in initiatives that advance a culture of conservation and educate residents, schools and businesses about best practices in building, energy, food, transportation and waste/recycling to drive responsible stewardship of air, land, water, wildlife and other natural resources; thereby promoting and supporting efforts by the Town of Wilton and other Wilton organizations to achieve environmental sustainability. Wilton Go Green is governed by a board comprised of 15 community volunteers. For additional information about the organization and programs, visit www.wiltongogreen.org.
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