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Help a Neighbor Out Initiative to Assist Stratford Families in Need

Live Green Connecticut! In Partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Local Organizations and Businesses Introduce Initiative at Stratford Library Workshop, Monday, July 25th

STRATFORD, CT, July 21, 2016 – Live Green CT! in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County (Habitat CFC), Stratford Library, Sterling House, Stratford Chamber of Commerce, New England Smart Energy, The Edge Fitness Clubs, Stop & Shop, Encon, Joey C’s Boathouse and United Illuminating Company are announcing a new community-based program called “Help a Neighbor Out”.

“Help a Neighbor Out” brings Stratford businesses, organizations and community members together around environmental education, environmental justice, renewable energy and delivers a program that provides a discounted rate for residential solar panel systems while galvanizing the community to “Help a Neighbor Out.” The goal is to educate Stratford residents on the financial and environmental benefits of solar. Through the “Help a Neighbor Out” campaign, when 20 residential solar panel systems are installed within this program, Encon (a Stratford based business) will donate a solar panel system to Habitat CFC’s Stratford build on Evelyn Street. Additionally, New England Smart Energy will donate $25 for each Stratford Home Energy Solution TM energy assessment associated with the program to Stratford’s Conservation Commission. The program will run through November 11, 2016. Three workshops will be held at the Stratford Library, with additional workshops at the Senior Center, businesses and other organizations. There will also be a solar tour of a two residential solar homes – one in town and the other in Lordship, a SolarFest event at Sterling House in October and a solar workshop at the Senior Center on November 1, 2016.

The program will kick-off at the first of three solar workshops held at Stratford Library on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and learn about the program, renewable energy, LED giveaways, and meet special guests including State Representatives Laura Hoydick and Joseph Gresko. Admission to the workshop is free and refreshments will be served.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Live Green Connecticut! and so grateful that Encon will generously donate a solar panel system for the Morales-Alberto home in Stratford,” said Stuart Adelberg, Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County’s CEO. “Habitat CFC prides itself on building energy efficient homes that are good both for the environment and for our new homeowners. What a great way for the Morales-Alberto family to begin their new life in the home that they helped build!”

For questions, contact Daphne Dixon at (203) 536-4695 or daphne@livegreenct.org.

For Immediate Release

Wilton Go Green

Contact: Jana Bertkau at jana.bertkau@gmail.com

Celebrate Sustainable Living Sunday, May 1, at the Wilton Go Green Festival

The 6th annual Wilton Go Green Festival, presented by Ross Solar Group and Emerald Sponsor Gardel Home Improvement, returns on May 1st with an exciting array of exhibits, activities and hand-crafted goods for young and old alike. Wildlife ambassadors, electric cars, children’s activities, delicious food, and more than 80 craftsmen, exhibitors, farmers, and purveyors of handmade goods will gather around the Town Green and Library from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for what promises to be an exciting day of discovery, learning, entertainment, and family fun hosted by Wilton Go Green and the Wilton Library, with support from Emerald Dog Parade Sponsor Blue Buffalo, Gold Sponsor, Nod Hill Soap, Silver Sponsors, Stop&Shop and Realty Seven, and Dog Parade Sponsor South Wilton Veterinary Group.

“This event has become an important feature of Wilton’s intrinsic values and goals,” said Wilton Go Green president Peg Koellmer.  “Sustainability is now practiced in all kinds of ways, and WGG helps to make it simple, rewarding and economically viable.”

Festivities begin Sunday morning with the Norwalk River Valley Trail May Day 5K Run. The race begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Wilton Go Green Festival / Wilton Library parking lot, continues through Merwin Meadows Park and onto the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Registration is $25 (proceeds benefit the NRVT) and all runners receive a T-shirt. Awards will be presented at the festival at 11:30 to the top five male and female finishers. Runners must register by April 30th at outdoorsports.com and can pick up their registration packets Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Outdoor Sports Center in Wilton. And don’t forget to bring your old sneaks to be recycled at the Library parking lot anytime during the day, courtesy of Bay State Textiles.

Later that morning, follow the strains of music, laughter and joyful chatter to Wilton Town Green and the Library parking lot as First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice officially opens the Festival. Silk’n Sounds Chorus – Greater New Haven’s premier women’s a cappella chorus specializing in the barbershop harmony style – kick off the live entertainment with their unique repertoire of playful jazz accented by cool chord progressions and sweet rhythms. Live music continues throughout the day with performances by Wilton Steel, Joni Wallace & Friends, The Acoustic Wilton Family, and Open Road.

Children’s activities abound with face painting, creative crafts and activities and a bounce house. Cyril the Sorcerer also will be on hand from noon-1:30 p.m., illuminating the wonders of our planet and the powers we have to protect it. And Woodcock Nature Center’s professional naturalists will introduce festival-goers to several of the center’s native and exotic wildlife, such as frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes.

Enjoy fabulous green shopping and learn from exhibitors eager to share their knowledge of energy conservation, building, transportation, recycling and sustainable living throughout the day. Visitors can even explore what life might be like living in a Tiny House! And be sure to bring your outdated, sensitive files and documents to the Shredding Truck at the Library parking lot between 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., sponsored by Winter Bros. Waste Systems.

Cheer on your favorite canine conservationists at 2:00 p.m. at the much-loved dog parade, courtesy of Emerald Dog Sponsor, Blue Buffalo and Dog Parade Sponsor, South Wilton Veterinary Group. Register your pooch anytime between 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for this fun and furry promenade through town center, which begins at the Library parking lot. Pets enjoy prizes and free treats, courtesy of Pet Pantry!

Stroll over to the Library parking lot at 3:00 p.m. to watch the Westport Electric Car Club Rally finish and check out dozens of gleaming, energy efficient vehicles, including Teslas. If aviation’s more your thing, don’t miss the extraordinary replica of Gustav Whitehead’s plane, purported to be the first in flight. And be sure to peruse WGG’s fabulous silent auction, featuring a terrific variety of goods to help you live a healthier, more sustainable life.

Take a break from the festivities and recharge with a tempting, wood-fired brick oven pizza made from seasonally sourced ingredients. Or try the Melt Mobile’s version of America’s classic comfort food, the grilled cheese – such as the Insanewich with Angus beef, or the Svelt Melt made with low-fat jarlsberg, grilled veggies and homemade pesto aioli.

Yearning for something a bit more decadent? Wander over to Wilton’s student-run College Creamery and indulge in mouth-watering ice cream and shaved ice. And be sure visit The Farmer’s Cow for refreshing summer beverages.

Join us at the Wilton Go Green Festival and discover the joys and benefits of living sustainably.

Thanks in great part to the support of our wonderful sponsors, this year’s Wilton Go Green Festival promises to be our very best yet.

Title Sponsor: Ross Solar Group

Emerald Sponsor: Gardel Home Improvement

Emerald Dog Parade Sponsor: Blue Buffalo

Gold Sponsor: Nod Hill Soap

Silver Sponsor: Stop&Shop

Silver Sponsor: Realty Seven

Dog Parade Sponsor: South Wilton Veterinary Group

Cyril the Sorcerer Sponsored by: Paragon Management Group

Shred Truck Sponsored by: Winter Bros. Waste Systems

Sneaker Recycling Sponsored by: Bay State Textiles

Green Music Stage Sponsored by: Wilton Congregational Church

May Day 5K Run Community Partner:  Outdoor Sports Center

Westport Electric Car Club Road Rally Community Partner:   Westport Electric Car Club

Media Sponsors: News 12 Connecticut

Star 99.9

GoodMorningWilton.com

KidsOutandAbout.com

95.9Foxonline.com

Incorporated in 2010, WGG is a 501(c)(3) created by a group of citizens to engage the community in conservation and sustainability practices. The group complements the work of the Wilton Energy Commission, in collaboration with Town officials and staff, local schools and also with kindred nonprofits across the state.  To learn more about WGG and to get the most enjoyment from the festival, visit wiltongogreen.org.

Connecticut’s Largest Fun-Filled Eco-Friendly Festival

Showcases Delicious Food, Fabulous Technology,

Fitness & Adventure, Live Music, Recycling, Cool Kids’ Zone and Dog Parade

6th Annual Live Green Connecticut! Festival to be held

September 19th and 20th at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk

The 6th Annual Live Green Connecticut! Festival is Saturday, September 19th, from 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, September 20th from 10am – 4pm at Taylor Farm Park located at 45 Calf Pasture Beach Road in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Admission is Free! Xerox, our founding partner, Frito Lay and Stop & Shop, our Gold Sponsors, will share green technology that is helping to support sustainable infrastructures in our communities. Live Green Connecticut! has become a Fall tradition and a place for friends and families to create happy memories that last a lifetime. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

New this year is our Recycling Center that features the Mattress Recycling Council and Bay State Textiles Inc. Bay State Textiles services over 70 municipalities. With over 40 years of experience in the post-consumer textile waste industry, they create programs to meet the needs of each community. Every year 21 BILLION pounds of textiles are thrown away in the United States. 45% of these textiles can be reused, 30% can be turned into wiping cloths, and 20% recycled into new products. Turning this problem around can start in your community. Also, ShopRite will share information about their amazing recycling efforts.

This year, a fun new feature is the Live Green CT! Dog Parade. The parade is schedule for 2:00pm on both days. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. All entries will receive a gift for participating.

The Gustave Whitehead replica plane will be on display both days! On March 8, 2013, the world’s foremost authority on aviation history, “Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft“, formally recognized Gustave Whitehead’s claim as “First in Flight.”

The replica plane, that has been flown, has a 36’ wing span and will be on display all week-end.  Also on display will be a 1898 Riker Electric Car, courtesy of Dragone Classic Cars.

The Fitness and Wellness area will feature blood pressure screenings by Norwalk Hospital, Body Fat testing by The Edge, and The Adventure Park exhibit.

The Home Improvement section and The Cool Kids’ Zone will both be returning this year as major attractions, as well as a Sawmilling exhibit and an expanded shopping area. The Cool Kids’ Zone will feature pony rides and face painting as well as a petting zoo, bounce house, prize wheel, interactive art exhibit and environmental exhibits from SoundWaters.

In the Eco-transportation area, Frito Lay will display two fleet vehicles – one electric and one natural-gas powered. The Westport Electric Car Club and the New England Electric Auto Association will have a variety of electric vehicles on display.

There will be a full musical line-up all day, both days featuring several local artists and bands. A variety of delicious food will be available including everything from hamburgers made with pastured-fed beef, local and organic faire to handmade organic ice cream. New exhibitors include the Buzz Truck with organic coffee and Fruple Ice – a delicious and refreshing treat made with organic fruit, pure maple syrup, and water.

Live Green Connecticut! Family Festival has been celebrating and supporting the growth of community, sustainability and local businesses since 2010. Over the past six years, the festival has provided over 30 educational panels, more than 600 electric vehicle test-drives, educated over 15,000 people, showcased locally sourced and organic food, and has provided over 500 businesses and organizations throughout Connecticut the opportunity to reach out to and connect with families and homeowners who live throughout the area. Through marketing campaigns and the event itself, Live Green Connecticut! has helped to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars of sales for Connecticut businesses, provided lead generation to support the growth of our economy, and has provided enormous networking opportunities. The festival attracts over 5,000 attendees.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10:00am. Green Coast Awards will also be announced.

Live Green Connecticut! is the largest event of its kind in the state. It is considered a major success in the green community, providing environmental education in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. It features non-profit organizations, small businesses, grassroots efforts, government agencies, green businesses and corporations, local and organic food, renewable energy, green technology, organic gardening, environmentalism, eco-transportation, children’s activities, live music, and fun for the whole family! The festival continues to grow and grow and this year is no exception – it will be biggest, best, and greenest yet!”

To learn more about this green-living and family festival, see exciting news and developments, and find out how to become an exhibitor, please visit our website at www.livegreenct.com,

Special Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors

Founding Sponsor:

Xerox

Gold Sponsor:

Frito Lay

Gold Sponsor:

Stop & Shop

Community Sponsor

Aitoro Appliances

Silver Sponsor:

Bay State Textiles

Mattress Recycling Council

Norwalk Hospital

2015 Community Partners

Night & Day Media

Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

Fairfield University Accelerating and Mentoring Enterprise (FAME)

2015 Media Sponsors & Partners

Aberdeen Associates, Inc.

Connoisseur Media

CT Kids and Family

CT-Moms Online

CT Post

Hearst Media

Kids Out & About

Macaroni Kid

Moffly Media

Natural Awakenings

95.9 The Fox

Stat 99.9

The Hour

WPKN

About Live Green Connecticut!

Live Green Connecticut! will take place at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk, Connecticut September 13th and 14th. Featured attractions and exhibits include local and organic food, marine ecology and nature center exhibits, wind and solar displays, hands-on kid’s activities, environmental and conservation organizations representatives and speakers, alternative fuel vehicles, garden centers, green careers and education, eco-art, eco-fashion, live music, and fun and friendly atmosphere!

Live Green Connecticut! is a fun-filled two-day festival which will promote environmental education, business, non-profit organizations, green technology, recycling, conservation, health and wellness, climate protection and sustainable living. Eco-friendly businesses will showcase their green and sustainable products and services. Individuals and families will come away with money saving tips, new ideas and a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all. Admission is free! Please visit: www.livegreenct.com.  Live Green Connecticut! is a 501 (c) (3) public charity.

FAME Incubator Client Daphne Dixon, Celebrates the Growth of Live Green Connecticut! with Expanded Vision and Redesigned Website

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 14, 2014) – Daphne Dixon, of Fairfield, Conn., an inaugural client of the Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentoring Enterprise (FAME), recently held an event at the business incubator to celebrate the expanded vision and mission of ‘Live Green Connecticut!’ a non-profit she co-founded to promote eco-friendly living in Connecticut. Dixon stated, “We have built up a strong network over the last seven years and are excited about our new, expanded vision, mission and goals and the positive impact that we can collectively have on the state.”  The new mission is to create awareness of how our every day beliefs and behaviors can have a positive influence on the environment. Over the next year, Dixon and her team will roll out a newly designed Live Green CT! website in three stages. The goals of Live Green CT! are:

  • To be Connecticut’s trusted source for sustainability information.
  • To support a statewide network that is connected both online and face-to-face.
  • To provide green resources, events, educational programs and networking that will support the growth of sustainability in Connecticut and usher our state into the next phase of sustainability.
  • To create and successfully execute a large-scale, remarkable and fun festival that provides environmental information, products and services in a festive and light-hearted manner that all can enjoy.

Stage 1 of the newly designed website will be officially launched on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. A press conference will be held at FAME from 2pm – 4pm at FAME.

An effort to nurture start-ups and foster economic development, FAME is a collaboration of Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the Town of Fairfield Economic Development Department, and Kleban Properties. FAME is offering budding innovators like Dixon the tools they need – from guidance to funding and prime downtown office space above the Fairfield University Bookstore – to turn their ideas into realities.

Under FAME’s guidance, Dixon is growing ‘Live Green Connecticut!’ as well as Smart Town Network, a socially responsible business venture to educate the public on sustainable living. Throughout her career as an environmentalist, Dixon has worked closely with sustainability leaders, businesses, organizations, and community members to raise awareness about resilient communities and to engage people in green living practices.

CAPTION. Daphne Dixon, of Fairfield, Conn., an inaugural client of the Fairfield University Accelerator and Mentoring Enterprise (FAME), recently held an event at the business incubator site, to announce the expanded vision of Live Green Connecticut!  and plans to rollout a new, redesigned website. Local sustainability leaders with Daphne Dixon, FAME Client, third from left.

Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business is a leader in Jesuit business education, creating a strong learning community, enlivened by a rigorous liberal arts and business core, that develops career ready students’ potential to be ethical business leaders for a global future. The learning environment is enhanced by the School’s top-notch faculty, building on real-world business experience and accomplishments in their academic disciplines. The School is ranked among the best undergraduate and graduate business programs in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, and Princeton Review. Its degree programs have been accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1997.

September 6, 2014

End of Summer Festival!

The 5th Annual Live Green Connecticut! Family Festival is Saturday, September 13th, from 10am – 4pm, and Sunday, September 14th from 11am – 4pm at Taylor Farm Park located at 45 Calf Pasture Beach Road in Norwalk, Connecticut. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend.  Admission is Free!

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10:15am with Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling and State Senator Bob Duff. Live Green Connecticut!’s year-round educational initiative, the Live Green CT! Energy Challenge, which educates homeowners about how to save money and energy will be featured. Norwalk is the first city to participate in the challenge and has a goal of 1,000 home assessments before the end of the year. The official launch of the Norwalk Energy Challenge was Wednesday, August 27th at the home of John Kydes, Chairman of the mayor’s Energy and Environment Task Force. Another highlight of the opening ceremonies will be the presentation of the 6th Annual Green Coast Awards.

An exciting feature this year is the Gustave Whitehead replica plane. On March 8, 2013, the world’s foremost authority on aviation history, “Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft“, formally recognized Gustave Whitehead’s claim as “First in Flight.”

The replica plane, that has been flown, has a 36’ wing span and will be on display all weekend.  We are thrilled to have the historic replica on display. It’s an amazing part of history and a proud moment for Connecticut. We are also excited about our 150+ exhibits, activities, delicious local and organic food, great music and so much more. Live Green Connecticut! has become a Summer tradition and a place for friends and families to create happy memories that last a lifetime. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

New this year is Bloomfield Bicycle and Repair Shop’s electric bike test drives. There will also be an Electric Bike Give-Away. One winner will receive an Izip e3Path ebike from Currie Technologies with a 250 watt motor in the rear wheel. The ebike can be ridden three ways; as a regular bike with seven speeds, with pedal assist as you pedal and a “twist and go” throttle that will allow you to either pedal or not pedal and still move forward with a top speed of up to 20mph.  A greener way to travel, it has a travel distance of up to 25 miles per charge and up to 2000 charges with the lithium ion battery.

There will be two new, featured sections at this year’s festival. The Natural Awakenings’ Center for Total Life Care tent, part of the Live Healthy CT! area, will feature holistic heath practitioners who will provide alternative health and wellness information and resources. Also new is the Live Healthy Pet area, which will provide services, products and plenty of samples.

The Home Improvement section and The Cool Kids’ Zone will both be returning this year as major attractions, as well as the Sawmilling exhibit and an expanded shopping area. The Cool Kids’ Zone will feature pony rides and face painting as well as a petting zoo, bounce house, prize wheel, arts & crafts and interactive environmental exhibits from SoundWaters and Audubon Greenwich.

The transportation exhibit will be the best yet, featuring the latest in eco-friendly transportation including the ALL ELECTRIC Mercedes B-Class, Smart Car, Audi, Tesla, Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota, Fisker Karma, Frito-Lay’s natural gas-powered truck and much more!

Live Green Connecticut! will continue to educate residents from across the state about the many ways to create and support green living. The Town Green exhibit, located in the center of the festival is a place where community members and leaders can join together to learn about projects that create environmental protection and economic payback for municipalities. There will also be a variety of non-profit organizations in the Resilient Communities Tent located at the front entrance of the festival.

There will be a full musical line-up all day, both days featuring several local artists and bands. A variety of delicious food will be available including everything from hamburgers made with pastured-fed beef, local and organic faire to handmade organic ice cream. With the support of Sustainable America, and EBP Supply, Live Green Connecticut! will compost all food waste and once again, Live Green CT! will be a zero food waste event.

Live Green Connecticut! Family Festival has been celebrating and supporting the growth of community, sustainability and local businesses since 2010. Over the past five years, the festival has provided over 25 educational panels, more than 600 electric vehicle test-drives, educated over 10,000 people, showcased locally sourced and organic food, and has provided over 500 businesses and organizations throughout Connecticut the opportunity to reach out to and connect with families and homeowners who live throughout the area. Through marketing campaigns and the event itself, Live Green Connecticut! has helped to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars of sales for Connecticut businesses, provided lead generation to support the growth of our local economy, and has provided enormous networking opportunities. The festival attracts over 5,000 attendees.

Live Green Connecticut! is the largest event of its kind in the state. It is considered a major success in the green community, providing environmental education in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. It features non-profit organizations, small businesses, grassroots efforts, government agencies, green businesses and corporations, local and organic food, renewable energy, green technology, organic gardening, environmentalism, eco-transportation, children’s activities, live music, and fun for the whole family!

We are delighted to have so many activities this year, as well as emerging green technology exhibits. The festival continues to grow and grow and this year is no exception – it will be biggest, best, and greenest yet!

To learn more about this innovative festival, see exciting news and developments, and find out how to become an exhibitor, please visit our website at www.livegreenct.com and join us on Facebook.

Live Green Connecticut! is “Where Green Meets Mainstream” and is a 501 (c) (3) public charity.

March, 2014

Live Green CT! Energy Challenge Kick Off – Wed. 3/5 at Pequot Library

Fairfield is launching its Fairfield Energy Challenge and introducing Fairfielders to the available and low-cost home energy assessments that can result in major savings—especially in cold winters such as the one we’re in right now. The workshop takes place Wednesday, March 5 at the Pequot Library in Southport from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. No charge to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Most windows, doors and ductwork are leaking heat, and through Energize Connecticut’s Home Energy Solutions ™ program specialists make a one-time visit, evaluate the home’s energy performance, using a blower-door test. Then technicians inspect the furnace, hot water heater, and ductwork if present. They seal windows and drafts, and can also install energy-efficient lighting, low-flow showerheads and other devices (at no cost or discounted prices).

At the launch, experts will speak about a variety of cost saving and energy saving measures that homeowners can take. Information about both spray foam and cellulose insulation and learning which type of insulation is best for individual homes will be available. Among the speakers, and offering testimonials to the value of home audits, will be State Representative Kim Fawcett of the 133th Assembly District and Tony Hwang of the 134th Assembly District. Energy experts from The United Illuminating Company (UI), New England Smart Energy, HE Energy Solutions, Good Life Energy Savers, Sky Property Services as well as representatives from Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force and Live Green Connecticut! will be at the launch event.

The cost of the Home Energy Solutions service is $75 for homes heated with natural gas or electric, and $99 for houses with propane or oil heat. Income eligible residents have the co-pay waived. From each payment, $25 will go to the Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force (CETF) for energy-efficiency improvements to town buildings, including schools.

“The HES program is a great value,” said Fairfield resident Scott Thompson, who chairs the CETF. “When you factor in the on-site sealing of air leaks, whole house light bulb replacement, and significant rebates, the audit is worth at least 10 times the $75 cost.  But my favorite part is that the audit technician gives you an easily understandable blueprint for further energy-efficiency improvements.”

About Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.

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