10am The Pollinator Pathways Project Pollinator Pathways includes volunteers from garden clubs, land trusts, nature centers & municipal commissions. Our suburban landscape can no longer support sustainable populations of pollinators, as Dr. Doug Pallamy argued so eloquently in his book Bringing Nature Home & his presentation in Glastonbury this year. But by working collaboratively, connected corridors of habitats & food sources for pollinators have been quickly established in 38 CT & NY towns. Presentation by local program creators Louise Washer, President of the Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) & member of the Hudson to Housatonic Conservation Partnership Steering Committee & Kitsey Snow, Board Member for the NRWA, the Ridgefield Conservation Commission & the Ridgefield Garden Club. Come learn how they’ve managed this program & let’s organize to repeat their success in our area.
11am Drowning in Plastic – Documentary Movie Screening & Discussion “A Plastic Ocean” is an award-winning documentary on the impact of plastics on our oceans. Our community litter contributes as “what goes on the ground, comes to the Sound” transported by the CT River. After the film, we’ll hear about CT’s plastic problem, upcoming state legislation regarding single-use plastic & the moral imperative for addressing this issue. Speakers include Louis Burch, CT Program Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, former nurse & hospital director, Anne Hulick, now CT Director of Clean Water Action & Terri Eickel, Executive Director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, which builds a religious response to global warming & helps CT religious communities engage as faithful stewards of the earth.
1pm Community & Shared Solar – How Everyone can Benefit from Solar Savings Until now, going solar was for single family homeowners with the right roof and little shade. Soon, solar will be available for the rest of us. Starting in 2020, CT will have shared solar, which allows electricity customers to participate in large solar arrays located away from their homes, with benefits credited to their monthly bill. Shared solar is used in many states and offers huge potential for cutting fossil fuels and helping achieve our state's climate crisis goals. David Desiderato of the CT Fund for the Environment will explain how the law works and how it can benefit customers, especially low- and moderate-income households that previously had little opportunity to go green and save. The new program targets commercial and government customers as well as residential, and organizations that provide affordable housing or serve low-income people.
2 pm Sustainable Building & Home Retrofits Ben Bowman is a residential construction project manager with a focus on energy efficient & low-carbon building methods. He will introduce a variety of frameworks that homeowners & builders can apply to sustainable design & construction. The audience will leave with tools for: considering the toxicity of various building materials; assessing the performance of old homes; selecting qualified tradespeople; & analyzing the carbon footprint of their building project. After growing up in Glastonbury, Ben has lived & worked at a Catholic Worker house in St. Louis, managed an internship program & permaculture project in coastal Ecuador, & studied sustainable construction at the renowned Endeavour Centre in Ontario, Canada.