There are exciting things planned for the 2017 Wilton Go Green Festival, being held this Sunday, May 7 in Wilton Center–a nature walk, electric vehicle test drives, dog parade, live music, great food, and much more. What organizers are thrilled about is the opportunity for community members and festival attendees to come for the fun–but walk away with a renewed commitment to making Wilton the most environmentally sustainable town in Connecticut.
The new energy that is the motivation are the initiatives that emerged out of the fall symposium, that was held at the Wilton Library, November 29, 2016 as well as supporting initiatives like the Pollinator Pathway, all of which support long-term sustainability. This year’s festival will feature not only fun-for-the-whole-family activities but also opportunities for residents to learn about and get involved in supporting local, specific initiatives in the areas of food, land, water, materials management, energy and transportation.
Organizers say that one major goal of the festival is to engage 1% of Wilton–180 people–in one or more of these initiatives at the festival. People will be encouraged to sign The Pledge and commit to an area of focus. Wilton Go Green is looking to get that commitment from residents to take part in activity over the summer months, which will be dedicated to creating action teams to develop initiative plans that will then be shared at the fall symposium.
As Wilton Go Green’s work in the community deepens, the organization is broadening its outreach and communication efforts.
Wilton Go Green has accepted three Wilton High School students into the Wilton Go Green Summer Internship Program: Emily Mitrione, Catherine Vose and Emily Zimmerman. Amanda Eason, an environmental studies major at Santa Clara University, has also been accepted into the program and will begin her internship in June.
The interns will be working on a communications plan, website updates, the Green Business Designation Program and a social media campaign.
Wilton Go Green is fortunate to have a core of dedicated board members led by president Dana Gips. Board members include Becky Bunnell, Sara Curtis Tina Duncan, Patrice Gillespie, Peg Koellmer, Lynn Stack, Alex Scaperotta, Libby Scaperotta, Eve Silverman and Ted Stonbely. The organization now welcomes its two newest board members–Ann Mitrione of Bankwell and Brian Shea of Gregory and Adams, P.C..
Much of the energy has been driven thanks to the organization’s step of bringing on Daphne Dixon as an executive director last September.
Incorporated in 2010, Wilton Go Green is a 501(c)(3) created by a group of citizens eager to engage the community of Wilton, CT in sustainable initiatives. The group came together in the fall of 2009 as a committee of the Wilton Energy Commission charged with putting on the first Wilton Go Green Festival. Sharing a mutual passion for conservation and sustainability, the goal was to create a fun, informative day for people to learn about the simple steps they can take to make better use of energy, money and our scarce resources.
The group of volunteers spun-off from the Wilton Energy Commission to establish Wilton Go Green, Inc., with a goal to develop and support a wide range of sustainable initiatives in cooperation with the Town and other area nonprofits.
11:00am – 11:30am Opening Ceremonies – Gazebo
11:30am – 12:30pm Nature Walk to Schenck’s Island – Meet at the Gazebo
11:30am – 3:00pm Joni Wallace and Friends – Music Stage
12:00pm – 1:00pm Westport Electric Car Club EV Rally Cars Showcased – Library Parking Lot
12:30pm – 1:30pm Cyril the Sorcerer – Town Green Center
1:45pm – 2:30pm Dog Parade with Prizes – Register at Canine Company and Pet Pantry
2:50pm – 3:00pm Salute to Bob Wall – Gazebo
3:00pm – 4:00pm Arthur Lipner and Wilton Steel – Music Stage
Wilton Go Green is a XERO FOOD WASTE event
First 100 Attendees Receive a Reusable Bag
Ongoing Activities ALL DAY
Sign The Pledge and join an initiative team to receive a free solar – powered flashlight – Gazebo
Visit the Kia display and test drive the Soul EV, Optima HEV, and the all new Niro. Receive an exclusive thank you gift as a qualified driver. – Library Parking Lot
Visit the Gustave Whitehead Replica Plane – Library Parking Lot
Dispose of unwanted clothing and furniture with The Junkluggers and Bay State Textiles – Library Parking Lot
Wilton Fire Engine and WVAC ambulance on Display – Library Parking Lot
Dog Parade with Prizes – Library Parking Lot and Town Green
Sign up for a Home Energy Assessment with Home Comfort Practice – Town Green
Bring 5 incandescent light bulbs and exchange for 5 FREE LEDs! – Town Green
Ride on the Solar Powered Merry-Go-Round – Town Green
Learn about the Pollinator Pathway – Town Green
SHOP SHOP SHOP – Town Green
Check out the Silent Auction – Town Green
Face Painting! – Town Green
Art project for the whole family – Town Green
Exotic reptiles and creatures – Town Green
Delicious Food and LIVE Music
GOOD Morning Wilton is pleased to be a media sponsor of the 2017 Wilton Go Green Festival.