April 28, 2007
Earth Week Charlottesville officially ends this weekend, and on Saturday, members of our community had the chance to explore “going green.”
Organizers say this year was very special because it was the first time the city of Charlottesville was a full partner in creating Earth Week, and they were very grateful for the extra support.
“It’s simple. We live in an environment that’s growing increasingly dense. We see it in the planning commission meetings; we hear it at city council. The denser our population grows as an urban environment, the less green space we have to balance out the man-made pollution,” said Tatyanna Patten with Earth Week Charlottesville.
Earth Week Charlottesville made it their goal to get information to the general public.
Patten said, “We’re very pleased with the number of exhibitors who chose to participate this year and with the support that we've gotten from the municipalities in putting this on.”
Officials from the city tell us that they've responded to the community's desire for more environmental responsibility.
“It can be seen through work that the parks and recreation department is doing and how its managing our public spaces, and it can be seen in the fact that the council endorsed the mayor's climate protection agreement. These are all really public commitments to clean air, clean water,” said Kristel Riddervold, the city’s environmental administrator.
Saturday’s event was one for the entire family and featured vendors who were selling everything from organic household cleaning supplies to solar powered water heaters, all ways to go green and save Mother Earth.
“We start taking care of it (Earth) now, we have a better chance of retaining that in the future as we grow as a city and as a county,” said Patten.
“I think one thing that is extremely important to recognize is that we have a very beautiful environment here, and so it's something good to protect. It's not too late," said Riddervold.