Four Events in One: Earth Day in Fairfield Will Celebrate Our Planet, “Green” Vehicles, Safe Biking and Healthy Kids
Annual Event Set for Saturday, April 29, at Fairfield YMCA
Fairfield CT, April 11, 2023 – Earth Day in the Town of Fairfield this year will be a multi-themed occasion designed to not only celebrate our planet but also showcase environmentally friendly electric vehicles, promote safe biking, and help build the health and well-being of kids and families.
Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration happens on Saturday, April 29, 10 am to 1 pm, together with the Town’s observance of Drive Electric Earth Day -- a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles – and the Y’s Healthy Kids Day® -- a national initiative aimed at encouraging healthy kids and families and a healthy start to the summer season. The day also will feature a safety-focused "Bike Rodeo” sponsored by the Fairfield Boy Scouts, Fairfield Police and Yale New Haven Health/Children’s Hospital. All of the day’s events, all free, and all rain or shine, will be at the Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road.
“Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration is an annual showcase of our commitment to sustainability for our community – and also an opportunity for residents to learn more about how to help the effort, at home and around town,” said Brenda Kupchick, Fairfield First Selectwoman. “It promises to be a fun and informative celebration – and we want to invite all of our residents to join in.”
Here is the line-up of the day's activities.
Want to get your kids into a safe, healthy and happy Earth Day spirit? They can:
- Test their cycling skills in a Bike Rodeo obstacle course; representatives of Yale New Haven Health will fit and give away free kids’ bike helmets, and safety checks will be offered for bikes and child car seats
- Take a free swimming lesson in the Y’s pool
- “Touch a Truck” at a special display featuring a backhoe, a dump truck, a fire engine and a police cruiser
- Meet representatives (both human and animal) of the Fairfield Police Department’s K-9 unit as well as the Fire Department’s Fire Safety Trailer
- Listen to an Earth Day-focused story hour at 10:30 am, led by the Fairfield Public Library, which will also offer provide information on its loanable seed library and annual summer reading program for kids
- Take part in kid-friendly activities on sustainability offered by the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force
Want to see some of today’s appealing EVs?
- Check out a display of “green” electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles including the Rivian truck, Tesla 3, Chevy Volt, Chevy Bolt, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Ionic 5
Want to learn more about things your neighbors and fellow residents are doing to help preserve our community’s sustainability?
- Visit informational displays sponsored by CT Audubon Society, Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfielders Protecting Land and Neighborhoods (FairPLAN), Lights Out CT & the Fairfield Forestry Committee, Mill River Wetland Committee, Pollinator Pathway, PTA Green Teams, Sustainable Fairfield Task Force, Trinity Solar & New England Smart Energy
Want to get a little more sustainable around your home and yard?
- Stop by a free plant and seed give-away
- Get a free bluebird house or bat house from the Fairfield Conservation Commission
- Drop off food and glass waste, and outdated prescription drugs (and learn about the new overdose treatment Narcan), at designated recycling points
Want to hear our local legislators’ views on important issues related to community sustainability and environmental preservation?
- Attend a special Legislator Forum from 11 am to 12 noon featuring State Senator Tony Hwang, State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, State Representative Jennifer Leeper and State Representative Sarah Keitt. The forum will be introduced by First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick.
For more information on Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration, please visit SustainableFairfield.org.
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About the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF): The SFTF provides support for Town practices and projects that can help Fairfield manage its growth to safeguard the health of its environment, ensure the reliability and economical use of its natural resources, and preserve the quality of life of its residents – today and for the future. For more information, please visit Sustainable Fairfield.org