DEEP: Earth Day Events

Celebrate Earth Day 2014

You are invited to participate in Earth Day activities.
All events and activities are free and open to the public, except where noted.

April 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014
Borough of Naugatuck 15th Annual Earth Day Community Clean-Up
Taking place at various locations throughout Naugatuck.
15th year of litter clean-up by civic groups, schools, scouts, individuals, and businesses. Groups work at days and times convenient to them on roadsides, schools, parks and other locations in town.  Register and receive trash bags and gloves at Naugatuck Public Works, 246 Rubber Ave. Mon - Fri 8 AM to 3:30 PM. 
Sponsored by Mayor Bob Mezzo and Naugatuck Public Works Dept.
Contact Sheila Baummer at 203-720-7071 or
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hamden Earth Day Celebration
10 am - 3 pm Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Avenue
Free Admission, Free Activities, Free Shows, Giveaways Galore!
This year's family oriented free celebration will feature more than 60 exhibitors promoting earth friendly services, products and organizations, food, music, free activities including face painting, woodworking projects, a bird feeder craft, sun-catchers, planting and collaging, frog thumbprints, a scavenger hunt (complete it and win a prize), a coloring contest, a book mark craft, creative reuse paper and fabric from scrap, and other fun and games. 
11 am C.J. Mays Magic Show
1 pm Trash to Tunes Performance 
All Day Petting Zoo, Hand's on Reptiles, CT CHIP.
Sponsored by the Town of Hamden, Principal Sponsors: Dexsil, Walmart, Home Depot, New England Conservation Services, Covanta Energy for a Cleaner World; Supporting Sponsors:  D'Aniello's Amity Bike, Deric J. Currie Insurance Agency Inc - State Farm, Energize Connecticut, Hamden Middle School- Stitchers of Reusable Bags; Take 2 Inc - Secure Electronics Recycling.
Contact: Pamela Roach at 203-287-7021 or visit
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Trashion Fashion Show
Hartford City Hall, 500 Main Street, Hartford. 6 p.m. Admission fee $50 VIP;  7 p.m. Admission fee $20 General Admission
The 4th Annual Hartford Trashion Fashion Show, in collaboration with Evergreen Design Co is a community driven effort to promote environmental awareness and support Hartford and the surrounding area’s local creative and arts environment.  Features at Trashion Fashion, will include: A recycled creative runway with local designers,  Designs by high school and middle school students from the Greater Hartford region, Fifty models and dancers in designs that will make you rethink the way you view trash, Music by local Latin band Goza, and spoken word and dance performances. Environmental displays will be available for viewing.  VIP- Early entrance, guided tour, tap dancing and live music, a seat, a moss terrarium, cocktails from RIPE/Tandauy and food from Billings Forge.
Sponsored by Evergreen Design Co, MECA, Sustainable America,
CT Science Center. 
Contact Amy Merli at 860-309-3985 or visit
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
QVCC Earth Day Fair
11 am - 2 pm at 729 Main Street, Willimantic
Quinebaug Valley Community College will host its second annual Earth Day Fair celebration, outside on North Street next to QVCC's Willimantic Center. The event is free and open to the public.
The rain date for the event is Wednesday, April 23 from 11am - 2pm.
Exhibitors from around the region have been invited to educate students, using hands on exhibits and games, about the wide range of issues that impact our lives. Students will see exhibits about composting, recycling, and green energy, as well as time banking, a practice referred to as sustainable economics. The band, Room to Move, will perform, and the radio station, WILI will do a live broadcast.  The unveiling of a 750 sq. ft. mural will also be taking place at the college at 12pm, with a lecture titled "A Spin on Willimantic's Textile Heritage" presented by historian and QVCC instructor, Beverly York. 
Sponsored by Quinebaug Valley Community College & QVCC's Student Government Association.
Schools who are interested in bringing a class, or organizations that are interested in being an exhibitor or vendor should contact Catherine Gregory at 860-423-1824 or
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Electric Vehicle See and Drive Event
Join Governor Dannel Malloy for Electric Vehicle See and Drive Event. 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Speaking Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at DEEP's electric vehicle charging stations
Bushnell Park and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), 79 Elm Street, Hartford.  11:30 a.m. Governor Malloy will participate in a Ceremonial Plugging in of the First Car at the DEEP EV charging station.  Electric vehicles will be on display in Bushnell Park and vehicles (Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt and Toyota Highlander) to test drive at DEEP's EV charging station.  Sponsored by DEEP and EV Connecticut.  Contact Susan Amarello at 860-242-3442 or visit
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Creating Zero-Waste Campuses and Communities
6:00 pm Fairfield University, Kelley Center, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT
The talk will explore the $75-billion waste management industry, describe how zero waste campuses and communities can lead us to a zero waste world, and mention innovative ways that institutions around the world are recycling, reusing, refurbishing, and reducing their waste. Free, food provided.  Sponsored by Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF), Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA).  Contact Alexandra Fylypovych or visit
Saturday, April 26
7th Annual Newtown Earth Day Festival
10 am - 4 pm at Newtown Middle School, Queen Street, Newtown
A full-day of fun and learning for the whole family - highlighting Newtown's abundant natural resources, helping our community go green, and generating a green college scholarship for Newtown High School graduates. Visit for all the details.
Sponsored by the Newtown Earth Day Committee.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Shred and Textile Recycling Event
9 am - 11 am Middletown Water and Sewer Department, 82 Berlin St.
Middletown residents can come and shred their sensitive documents and recycle their used textiles (all clothing, bedding, backpacks, shoes, curtains, etc.) Shredding is open to Middletown residents only. Sponsored by  Middletown Resource Recycling Advisory Commission.  Contact Kim O'Rourke at 860-638-4855 or visit
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Riverfront Earth Day Festival 2014
Riverfront Mortensen Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford. 
Join us for a free, family event celebrating our favorite blue planet. A brief interfaith prayer service at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford will be followed by March for Climate Justice to Riverfront Mortensen Plaza.  Presentations at Festival on renewable energy, composting, water conservation and more.  Enjoy exhibits and workshops, live music (Hartford Steel Symphony, Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Western Lands Trio, Hawkapella, and The Meadows Brothers), a magic show. Local food vendors too. 
12:45 p.m. -  Interfaith Prayer Service
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  - Riverfront Mortenson Plaza Earth Day Festival.  
Sponsored by The Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry.
Contact Teresa Eickel at 860-595-2321 or visit