Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Don't forget to go green

SCSU is the place to be for the greening of New Haven Sunday

NEW HAVEN — The third annual CT Green Expo will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Southern Connecticut State University.
The 2008 expo will engage families with a series of experiential programs for children based on different areas of sustainability, including clean energy, green transportation, locally grown food, clean air and water, and waste reduction.
The event will not only provide practical solutions that will help to save resources and money, but will also promote long-term community and planetary health and well being.
The expo will feature a mini-film festival offering six short films on subjects ranging from small farms in Connecticut to the impacts of consumer behavior upon our ecosystem. In addition, local experts will offer presentations on various issues including farmers markets to building sustainable communities.
Workshops will be conducted on greening your home, composting, raised bed demonstrations, seed saving, yoga for green commuters, basic bicycle repair and bike safety talks. Exhibitors and vendors include an array of nonprofit groups, state and local agencies, and businesses promoting a mutual mission of local sustainable living.
Visitors are encouraged to bring old cds, books and sneakers to be recycled. Attendees can take a ride on Metro Taxi’s hybrid taxi to the City Seed Farmers market in Westville to learn about farmers markets and then on to the Common Ground farm for a tour.
A highlight of the event is the labyrinth made of finished compost and created by Sherrill Baldwin.
Music is a big part of the day, beginning with local musician Scott Kessell showing children how to make instruments with recycled bottles and cans and be part of musical parade, followed by Sally Rogers, who tells stories and involves families with her music.
Pierce Campbell leads the Hoot, where all are invited to bring their voice or instrument to be part of this annual singalong.
Green Kids offers families a chance to attend hands-on workshops led by the Eli Whitney Museum, the Two Coyote Wilderness School and the Regional Water Authority. Sweet Pea the fairy invites kids to take care of the planet through a variety of earth friendly projects.
Parking is available at the Lyman Center lot on 501 Crescent St. For more information, visit www.Ctfolk.com.

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