Ten Fairfield County communities have joined forces to help advance environmental sustainability and responsibility county-wide via the formation of a new cooperative organization, Sustainable Fairfield County. Member towns include Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
The group’s mission is to “work in collaboration to educate the public on ways to enhance our communities using approaches that are economically viable, socially beneficial, and environmentally responsible.”
The primary focus of Sustainable Fairfield County is the promotion and coordination of annual “green events” focused on a specific area, by member towns throughout the year, to encourage county-wide participation. Simply stated, towns can now schedule events so they don’t overlap and collaborate to promote one another’s green events.
The current event calendar includes:
Sunday, March 25, Zero Waste Faire, Wilton High School Field House, 11 am to 4 pm.
Sustainne and at least three of its members will be exhibiting/speaking at this event including environmental artist Daniel Lanzilotta of Garbage In, Art Out entrepreneur Nick Skeadas of Curbside Compost, and Dan Delventhal of MowGreen Organic Lawncare.
Saturday, April 28, Westport Green Day, Earthplace & Wakeman Town Farm, 9 am to 4 pm
Weston Farm to Table Festival – summer, date and location to be determined
Saturday, September 8, Fairfield Electric Vehicle Showcase, Fairfield Warde High School, 10 am to 2 pm
“Fairfield County is distinguished by some of the most effective, locally-driven initiatives to advance environmental preservation and sustainability in the nation,” said Daphne Dixon, the group’s chairwoman and co-founder of Live Green CT!, a Sustainne Community Partner. “But we believe we can take those initiatives to another level by linking the efforts of our communities and their many dedicated, knowledgeable environmental advocates, toward the goal of enlisting a greater number of our residents in the cause of creating a more healthful, sustainable Fairfield County.”
Sustainable Fairfield County was formally launched at the first-annual Regional Convening for Sustainable Development (RCSD 2018) held at Grace Farms, New Canaan, on Feb. 7, 2018 (don’t miss our blog post). RCSD 2018 featured the local integration of global sustainable development goals and showcased a wide-range of local projects and initiatives .
The next Sustainable Fairfield County meeting will be on Monday, April 16, from 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more and to add their community to the growing list of towns that are engaged in the organization. Founding members are now actively seeking to include representation from all other towns throughout the county.
For more information on Sustainable Fairfield County, please visit sustainablefairfieldcounty.org