Weekend events wrap up sustainability month in Solana Beach
Fletcher Cove green fair to take place Friday
The grass at Fletcher Cove Park will be especially green this weekend, as Solana Beach’s Clean and Green Committee will take center stage to close out sustainability month.
On Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. will be the Green Fair, in which attendees can learn about building environmentally friendly homes and businesses, check out new electric cars, and participate in a variety of clinics and activities.
Roughly 25 booths will surround the park, all with a different product, service or opportunity to offer.
“There will be all of the different kinds of programs and nonprofits and community activists who are working in concert to help reduce our collective carbon footprint, help support zero waste and to be water-wise,” said Lane Sharman, one of the organizers. “Those are the three goals that we’re all seeking to achieve.”
Sequoia Solar, the Boys & Girls Club, and San Diego Electric bikes are some of the already confirmed participants in the green fair.
Attendees will also be able to see a 4-year-old Saturn that was converted into an electric vehicle. Bicyclist Doug Alden will put on a riding clinic that also promotes bike safety and proper inspection.
On Saturday evening at 8:30 the committee will be celebrating Earth Hour, an annual international event in which residents and businesses are asked to turn off all non-essential electronics. This is part of an effort to promote action on climate change. Weather permitting, an astronomer will be on-hand to view stars, and there will be a musical performance from local artist Doug Kinnear.
“The important thing is to give people a greater appreciation for the fragility of our environment,” Sharman said. “Our collective environmental footprint has become so large that it is really impacting the overall ability of each individual environment to sustain itself.”
This weekend’s events wrap up the activities for sustainability month from the city’s Clean and Green Committee. It included presentations from scientists, the introduction of programs that promote energy efficiency and coincided with the Solana Beach City Council adopting the CaliforniaFirst PACE Program. Starting this summer, this will offer the opportunity to finance a variety of expensive green products for homes through a lien on property tax bills.
“Climate protection is very important to a lot of people in Solana Beach and it is really the whole reason the Clean and Green Committee exists,” said member Marilee McLean. “The more we can do to make people aware, to doing our part, to cutting down on our own energy use, our water use. It’s all related, it’s in the name of conservation.”
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