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Celebrate Earth Day in Arlington

Mar 31, 2014 02:37AM

Looking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day? The Earth Week Community Fair and Green Living Expo at George Mason University in Arlington is the place to be on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for great, green fun for all.

Great strides have been made to adopt sustainable practices. We applaud efforts to restore our tree canopy, by protecting existing trees and planting new ones, to remove invasive species and replace them with native species, so that native plants and wildlife can thrive. Also to improve our energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions, and there is still much more to do. At the Earth Week Community Fair and Green Living Expo, attendees will learn practical ways to make changes with information for homeowners, condo owners, apartment renters, students and families. The expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors, talks and seminars, a Reuse Craft Corridor and a Kid’s Activity Zone.

Environmentally-friendly transportation and energy use are themes of the event. One exhibitor, enviroCAB, is the only 100% hybrid taxicab fleet in the region. According to enviroCAB’s General Manager Renaud de Viel Castel, “Every time you are using a hybrid taxicab, or every time you turn off the lights when you exit a room, you are making a small difference, but small differences add up to make bigger ones.”

EnviroHomeDesign will offer expertise on building a new home or completing a renovation with the planet in mind. Principal Marta Layseca says, “Sustainable renovations are the appropriate solution for families that want to update and enlarge their homes. Our homes reduce waste and materials during construction and save on operational costs, by minimizing water and energy use.”

Toxins in the home are another area of focus. Sustainable Design Group, President John Spears advocates for making a home a sanctuary, free from toxins, from higher utility bills and from blackouts. “Most houses use products with chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints, adhesives, particle board, cabinets—just about everything. This is not healthy. Our company uses products that are free of VOCs or low in VOCs.”

The event will also include a do-it-yourself area, where participants can learn practical skills such as caulking and weather sealing, making bike repairs and building and installing a rain barrel. A ceremony recognizing the winner and nominees of the George Mason University Green Patriot Award will also take place at the expo. This award recognizes an individual, business or organization that exemplifies sustainability in order to better civic life in the Arlington community. Artistic rain barrels created through Mason’s Operation Rain Barrel in partnership with Arlington Public Schools will be on display. This program engages students in learning about environmental sustainability.  The artistic rain barrels will be auctioned off at the fair, through a silent auction.

The event is being sponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and George Mason University at Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington.

For more information, call 703-228-6427 or visit ArlingtonEnvironment.org/expo.

 

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