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Laurie Ender: Environmental awareness gets green light

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Posted: April 9, 2010 10:28 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2010 6:30 a.m.
 
Environmental awareness is a popular topic of discussion these days, with magazines, television shows and world leaders prompting us to "Go Green!"

In Santa Clarita, it's easy to be green and your city is here to help you every step of the way. Right now, the city of Santa Clarita is gearing up to host the 2010 Earth Arbor Day celebration to help local residents get informed and answer the call to give our planet a helping hand.

Slated for April 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Newhall Park, located at 24923 Newhall Ave., the city's Earth Arbor Day event will feature food, live music from local singer/songwriters, displays from more than 80 eco-minded vendors and fun activities scheduled in seven fun and interactive zones.

The variety of entertainment scheduled at the event is designed to help residents of all ages learn how to "go green" with ease in their own lives.

Environmental awareness, preservation and protection are important topics for the city of Santa Clarita, which has remained rooted to eco-friendly practices since its 1987 inception. The city recently took home its 21st consecutive Tree City USA award, which serves as further evidence of its commitment toward homegrown clean air quality via our local leafy friends.

The Earth Arbor Day event will also continue Santa Clarita's tradition to its trees in one of seven interactive zones. Head over to the event's Tree Zone to pick up free trees and view an astounding recycled forest created by local schools and businesses and comprised of recycled and re-purposed materials.

Earn giveaways while learning about local green businesses and incentives in the Community Zone, or browse a variety of green and environmentally friendly products and services, including clothing, food products, toys, home furnishings, healthy living products, and more in the Time Warner Cable Eco Zone.

Local kids are sure to get a kick out of the Earth Arbor Day Children's Zone, presented by Whole Foods Market, featuring a variety of hands-on activities, displays, games, and entertainment, including recycled craft activities, a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping and a giant inflatable slide.

Check out sleek green vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, biodiesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas at the Alternative Transportation Zone, and find tips and tools on how to reduce your energy use (and utility bills) in the Green Convergence Energy Zone. Guests can also learn about water conservation and its global impact in the Castaic Lake Water Agency's Water Conservation Zone.

In addition to providing a day filled with activities and events, the city will celebrate Arbor Day by handing out free trees, bags of mulch and ladybugs to help control tree and garden pests and reduce the need for pesticides.

The city's 2009 Earth Day Festival and Arbor Day Celebration achieved its goal to become a zero waste event and the city is striving to continue this streak with the 2010 Earth Arbor Day event. Burrtec will be on hand at Newhall Park to provide recycle and compost bins, along with volunteers to direct guests to the appropriate bins for their waste and minimize the need for trash cans.

Guests are encouraged to get into the spirit and arrive at Central Park car-free, and bike valets will be on hand at the event to safely stow guest cycles.

The 2010 Earth Arbor Day event is made possible by the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, who want to help the community conserve water and are sponsors of this year's event.

Together, we can protect and nurture our planet, as well as the lives we've created here in Santa Clarita - and the Earth Arbor Day event will show us exactly how.

For more information on the 2010 Earth Arbor Day, visit greensantaclarita.com or call the city's Arts and Events Office at (661) 286-4018.

Laurie Ender is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at lender@santaclarita.com. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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