Awareness, Smiles, and Education

Well, our 8th Annual Earth Day Festival is now in the history books and we want to thank everyone who volunteered, participated and stopped by for a “sun-tastic” day of awareness, smiles and education!

Newtown Earth Day Festival 2012It was a full-day of family fun and learning, highlighting Newtown’s abundant natural resources and helping our town learn how to become a bit “greener”. From tons of  kids’ activities, live music, a Birds of Prey Exhibit, and tasty food to our vendor fair, Silent Auction, and the Lions Club “Lose the Litter“, it was a memorable day for the whole community — check out our Festival Schedule and band line-up to see what happened!

To invest in the future, proceeds support our annual “green” scholarship for Newtown High School graduates. Help us grow the contribution by considering becoming a Festival Vendor or a Underwriter next year. We look forward to a great summer and hope to see everyone next year!

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Newtown is lucky to have several organizations that work year round to preserve our environment:

  • Newtown’s Sustainable Energy Commission is responsible for the Reed Intermediate School Solar Panel project.
  • The Newtown Forest Association, established in 1924, is the oldest private land trust in Connecticut. They are dedicated to accumulating and preserving open space and resources for public enjoyment within Newtown.
  • The Pootatuck Watershed Association‘s mission is clear: Clean and abundant water for Newtown’s future. The association promotes this goal through water sampling, educational programs, and habitat restoration.
  • The Transition Network: a global initiative that supports a community-led process to help neighborhoods become stronger and happier. Scope of projects include supporting community gardens and local food production, building community resilience and connections with people, and making our community less dependent on fossil fuels. The US chapter’s website is Reach out to to get involved in the Newtown chapter.