First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that LeafFilter North Inc., which is one of the most environmentally friendly companies that has a vested interest in sustainability, has included Fairfield, Connecticut on its top 11 places to celebrate Earth Day this year. Fairfield is the only Connecticut locale to make this list. The company cited Fairfield “as a leader in the sustainability category, with its long history of eco-friendly outreach programs and dedication to raising awareness of environmental issues within the community.”
According to this company, “To celebrate Earth Day and help homeowners become more environmentally conscious, a list of standout Earth Day events was compiled for 2016. Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration, which is taking place rain or shine and free of charge on Saturday April 30 from 10-4 pm at Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Avenue, was named one of the best upcoming events of 2016.
Earth Day events on this list were chosen for their unique offerings, like educational lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Community commitment to sustainability was another factor. To get the whole list of nationwide communities selected as places to celebrate this year’s Earth Day, go to http://www.leaffilter.com/blog/top-11-places-celebrate-earth-day-plus-5-bonus-kids-earth-day-events/.”
Fairfield Earth Day’s annual major event, Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration, attracts over 1000 attendees and over 100 exhibitors and sponsors with the assistance of over 100 volunteers. The event features live music, a variety of food trucks, a myriad of family-friendly activities like face painting, arts and crafts, fun and games, Touch-a-Truck and a full-size working replica of Gustave Whitehead’s Condor which was first flown in Fairfield—two years before the Wright Brothers' flight.
Starting in 2014, an art contest was launched for students in all grades, beginning with pre-school through grade 12. An award ceremony is held each year at a Board of Selectmen meeting where winners are issued certificates of congratulations. Art categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year’s theme is “What If…..” Hundreds of entries are displayed at the Earth Day event in a gallery at the high school where Connecticut’s Federal and State legislators speak about how they are championing causes and initiatives to help protect the environment.
For information on Fairfield Earth Day, please visit www.FairfieldEarthDay.org. In addition to reading about this year's Earth Day Celebration, click on “home” to read about all of the yearly activities, programs, helpful tips and interesting facts the Committee works hard to provide to the community.
Fairfield Earth Day Committee Chair Mary Hogue said, “This fun-filled event celebrates making every day Earth Day in Fairfield, which is this year’s theme. Every year, this popular day, which keeps getting bigger and better, attracts more adults and children from Fairfield, other towns and even other states. We hope you can join us!”
First Selectman Mike Tetreau stated, “It is a great honor for our Town to be recognized nationwide for our annual Earth Day Celebration. This year’s event which features activities for people of all ages could not be made possible without the hard work and commitment of Fairfield's Earth Day Committee, as well as the many sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers who dedicate their time to make this an enjoyable experience.” First Selectman Tetreau further added, “Thanks to the Fairfield Earth Day Committee, Fairfield’s taxpayers have benefited from the Committee’s year-round efforts to help sponsor or promote cost-savings programs relating to solar, clean energy and other environmental initiatives.”
The photo shows Fairfield Earth Day Committee Chair Mary Hogue and First Selectman Mike Tetreau.