POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Step into a 20-foot diameter inflatable balloon made from a high-resolution satellite image at the first-ever Pound Ridge Go Green Day on Friday, April 26 at Pound Ridge Elementary School.
Held a few days after the 44th annual Earth Day Tuesday, April 22, the giant earth balloon is one of many exhibits designed to educate residents about the environmental challenges facing the community and society at large.
Other exhibits include test drives with the American-made electric sedan Tesla Model S, which offers a raffle to win an extended drive for the weekend. All proceeds from the raffle sales will go to Pound Ridge Go Green .
“Go Green Day is a compelling opportunity to celebrate our place in the natural world as a community and share information on lowering our carbon footprint, protecting our shared watersheds, and leading sustainable lifestyles,” said Michele Rudolph, local architect and co-chair of Pound Ridge Energy Action Committee.
Event Chair Peter Avellino’s interest in preservation began early during visits to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
“These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation for Pound Ridge and ignited my passion to preserve and protect Pound Ridge’s natural beauty, character and fragile environment,” he said.
The goal of the first Pound Ridge Go Green Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is to empower the community to live a more sustainable lifestyle by educating them about all things “green,” like composting, organic gardening, recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation and protection, environmental protection, reducing your carbon footprint, healthy lifestyles, and more.
Every 15 minutes there will be presentations on climate change, sustainability and other environmental issues inside the giant earth balloon, which you enter through a zipper and holds 25 people at a time.
There will be even more presentations and demonstrations every 10-to-20 minutes in the school gym dealing with sustainable home design, landscaping and gardening, land stewardship and energy solutions.
Other exhibits include a farmers market sampler; café and music in the school cafeteria; recyclable art project led by local artist Kendall Klingbeil; outdoor obstacle course in the lower playground until 1 p.m.; natural face painting; petting zoo with pony rides in the school playground until 1 p.m.
“I love living here as we have so much natural beauty and I treasure riding my horse in the woods on the many BRLA (Bedford Riding Lanes Association) trails,” said Kathy Boyle, who heads up the local fund-raising effort and encourages everyone to incorporate recycling and composting into their daily routines.