Green Fair takes over Fletcher Cove

On perhaps the cleanest and greenest day of this young year, the Solana Beach Clean and Green committee put on its Green Fair as it wrapped up its first designated sustainability month.

Fletcher Cove Park was filled with various vendors and environmental organizations, all sending a message about green products and practices. From building an energy-efficient home, to managing water use, to taking a ride on an electric bike, it was all there under the cloudless Southern California sky.

“This is the envy of most of America,” said Clean and Green Committee President Steve Goetch of the fortunate weather. “You can leave here with your pockets stuffed with little trinkets and good advice.”

One of those offering advice to some of the few hundred attendees over the course of the afternoon was architect Sema Yavuz. Originally from Turkey, Yavuz said she is glad to see America beginning to build more environmentally conscious, something she said is more common in the parts Europe she has lived.

“We can’t really continue to live like this in the United States,” she said. “I’m glad we’re catching up.”

Yavuz said this city is one of the most open to green changes.

“I would say Solana Beach is one of the most receptive communities, which is why I really like working here,” she said. “(The city is) very receptive to (the) concept of being sustainable and really keeping their carbon footprint smaller. There’s a long way to go.”

And members of the Clean and Green Committee are well aware.

Goetch said the group’s next meeting will debrief over the first sustainability month, which included several lectures, the Green Fair, and culminated with a celebration of Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Earth Hour is an international energy-saving occurrence in which participants turn off all nonessential lights for 60 minutes. About 25 partakers gathered once again at Fletcher Cove Park, enjoying the darkness and an acoustic musical performance.

Goetch said one idea already being talked about for future years is to have the Green Fair on a Saturday, when people are not at work and possibly more available to attend.

The month was highlighted by a lecture from Capt. Charles Moore, who discovered a Texas-sized patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. Goetch said more than 350 people attended.

“I would have been happy with one third of that many,” he said.

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  5. Vendors, groups build up ‘green’ support

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