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GreenDay 2018

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green dayWestport GreenDay is a community-wide event that celebrates sustainability across our town. It’s sole purpose? To get all Westporters thinking and doing GREEN! Numerous initiatives and organizations are showcased at multiple locations. You can pick and choose how you want to spend the day while celebrating sustainability!

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Community partners: Westport Library, Staples High School Club Green, Westport Green Task Force, Earthplace, Wakeman Town Farm, Wadsworth Arboretum, Westport Farmer's Market, Westport Garden Club, Village Pediatrics, Town of Westport Beautification Committee and Town of Westport Public Works Department.

Talks & Readings, Family
All ages

Plant It and They Will Come: Creating a Bird-Friendly Landscape

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Attracting birds to your landscape requires an ecological approach – different species have different requirements. Environmental horticulturist and founder of EcoBeneficial, Kim Eierman will share the best landscaping techniques and native plants that provide the food, shelter and nesting sites, which these birds depend upon. The bonus is a beautiful landscape with a vastly improved ecosystem that benefits many living creatures.

Community partner & location: Earthplace,10 Woodside Lane, Westport

Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial. She is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center in NY, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions. Kim is an active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscape topics, presenting for industry conferences, "green events," Master Gardener groups, garden clubs, nature centers, Audubon Society chapters, beekeeping groups, and other organizations interested in environmental improvements. Kim also provides horticultural consulting to homeowners and commercial clients.

In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of The Ecological Landscape Alliance and the Garden Writers Association.

Talks & Readings

Greening Your Home: Sustainable Energy Saving Solutions

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This first in a series entitled "Greening Your Home: Sustainable Energy Saving Solutions," which aims to educate the community on green initiatives and steps to help move Westport towards its goal of Net Zero by 2050. Three local building design and construction professionals, Howard Lathrop, principal at Sellars Lathrop Architects, David Mann, founder and principal at GreenTek Consulting, and John Rountree of Rountree Architects, will speak about projects, big and small, that are leading the way with the use of innovative, green technology, and offer advice on what any homeowner can do to reduce energy use and improve their environmental footprint. The presentation will be accompanied by a resource guide.

Community partners: Earthplace, The Green Task Force and the Westport Library

Note Location: Earthplace,10 Woodside Lane, Westport

Talks & Readings

The Art and Elegance of Composting

September 8, 2016
Rebecca Louie

Compost City author Rebecca Louie shared composting strategies that fit into any space, schedule and lifestyle and described the fascinating ecosystem that makes it all possible on September 8, 2016 at the Westport Library. 

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GreenDay: Sustainability & Climate Change—The Post-Paris Opportunity

May 14, 2016
Peter Boyd

Social entrepreneur and Westporter Peter Boyd spoke about society’s historic new opportunity to embrace sustainability, following the UN’s successful international climate talks in Paris in December 2015 on May 14, 2016, as part of Westport's GreenDay.

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A Primer on Permaculture & Sustainable Gardening

March 30, 2016
Eliot Snaith

Eliot Snaith covered the basics of sustainable gardening methods and what they can do for you, whether you are a gardener, environmental activist, industrial agriculturalist or a curious citizen of the planet on March 30, 2016. 

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GreenDay: Hydroponics with Zach Kapple

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green dayPermaculturist Zach Kapple will be building a hydroponic system and explaining how it works to grow in nutient-rich water without the use of soil. He will also discuss permaculture, a low impact agricultural technique. The installation will include elements of aquaponics with fish and algae, composting with earthworms, pollinators, a floodplain for growing aquatic plants and slow food in the form of perennials. Zach is a founder and director of MP Collaborative, a think tank devoted to cross-disciplinary brainstorming to bring tangible solutions to real problems.

Community partners: Westport Library, Staples High School Club Green, Westport Green Task Force, Earthplace, Wakeman Town Farm, Wadsworth Arboretum, Westport Farmer's Market, Westport Garden Club, Village Pediatrics, Town of Westport Beautification Committee and Town of Westport Public Works Department.

Green Day Schedule Around Town

8:30-10am: Volunteer Clean Ups
The Westport Beautification Committee has selected two sites that need many hands and feet to clean up litter and debris. Bring sturdy shoes and gloves. Rakes and brooms are helpful if you have them. Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Team #1: The Greens Farm Metro North Railroad Station (meet in front of the Station House).
Team #2: Riverside Park and the waterside along Riverside Ave (meet in the parking lot of Saugatuck Elementary School). 

10-11am: Family Trail Run (and Walk) at Earthplace
PLACE: Earthplace at 10 Woodside Lane, Westport Hit the trails at Earthplace for this inaugural family trail run/walk to kick off Westport Greenday! With options for all ages and abilities, this trail run/walk is sure to be an activity the whole family will enjoy!
There will be three trail run/walk options for walkers and up:
- 2 miles (for adults and older kids)
- 1 mile (geared at children under 12 years of age)
- (free) kids 100 meter dash (for walkers and up)
Click here for more information and to register
As a bonus - race feed includes free t-shirts for kids and free access to Westport Greenday activities at Earthplace following the race. Proceeds will benefit Earthplace and its Nature Speaker programs.
Special thanks to Village Pediatrics for sponsoring the fun run and encouraging us all to hit the trail.

10-10:45 am: How What Goes Into the Sewer Comes Out Clean...
PLACE: 4 Elaine Road (off South Compo)
Tour the Westport Wastewater Treatment Plant for an open house and tour. Learn how a state-of-the-art waste treatment plant helps protect our watershed and the Saugatuck estuary. Come see the process and technology first hand during a guided tour by facility management.
Sponsored by Town of Westport, Public Works Department

11 am - 3 pm: Fun and Learning with Nature! 

Earthplace, Wakeman Town Farm, the Westport Library, and the new Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum join forces!
PLACE: EARTHPLACE, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport
Experience and explore the natural world guided by a team of program leaders:

- Dip your fingers in a Long Island Sound Touch Tank teaming with life
- Enjoy a variety of crafts and guided trail walks
- Grab a magnifying lens and find creatures living in the dark beneath dead logs
- Join Wakeman Town Farm animals and learn about planting from local experts
- Enjoy one of many animal encounters or nature science experiments
- Roast marshmallows by a Campfire with a special Greenday story by Westport Library staff
- Learn the importance of native plants and their pollinators from the Westport Garden Club
- Tour the adjacent Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum, walk away with a free native tree sapling and enter the free drawing to win a hand-crafted and finished wood bench made from wood of the Arboretum, courtesy of the Westport Tree Board. (12-3 p.m.)
- Enjoy Westport Farmers' Market vendors including EggZ food truck.

3-4pm: Hydroponics with Zach Kapple
PLACE: The Westport Library, Great Hall
Zach Kapple will be building a hydroponic system and explaining how it works to grow healthy food. Zach will give a presentation on this work in the Great Hall at the Westport Library at 3pm.
Sponsored by The Westport Library 

The Great Hall
Talks & Readings, Family
All ages

Westport's Mill Pond: A Panel Discussion on Preservation

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the beautiful pondArtist Judy Katz, Robin Tauck, a travel company co-owner, business leader, philanthropist and Old Mill Pond resident, and Leigh Shemitz, president of Stamford-based SoundWaters Coastal Education Center, join a panel discussion on the importance of place. Hear why it’s essential to preserve and protect Earth’s special places and how to do it, along with stories and history of a beloved Westport Pond and how it’s helping to save Long Island Sound. 


Dan Woog's 06880 blog post.

Westport News article on the book.

McManus Room
Panel Discussions

Yahoo Tech Founder David Pogue on “Green” Technology Trends

May 3, 2015
David Pogue

Hear about the latest green technology advances from David Pogue, host of NOVA’s “Making Stuff” from May 3, 2015.

Photo Credit: Phyllis Groner

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Learn about the first PURE HOUSE Home

April 22, 2015
Doug McDonald

Pure House creator Doug McDonald introduces this high performance home with pure and natural interiors, avoiding known toxic materials on April 22, 2015.

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