Letter: Green festival spread the environmental word

To the Editors:

The Fourth Wilton Go Green Festival opened on Sunday, May 4 at 11 and welcomed a happy crowd of attendees from pre-schoolers to seniors. We saw exhibitors and visitors engaged in conversations, families watching and learning about Atka the wolf, children dancing around a maypole, and all ages listening to the live sounds of Wilton musical groups.

At the opening ceremony, we were proud to present a check of nearly $3,700 to the Norwalk River Valley Trail through the Wilton Energy Challenge and to accept a certificate from Northeast Clean Power which contributed Renewable Energy Certificates matching the electricity used by this event.

Festival visitors learned about and supported two important Connecticut programs. There were 22 sign-ups for environmentally friendly renewable resources through the CT Clean Energy Options program of CL&P. And there were over 20 sign-ups for Home Energy Solutions (HES) assessments or other energy upgrade assessments. These sign-ups will go towards the Wilton Energy Challenge resulting in more donations to the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Wilton Go Green is grateful to all who participated and helped us with our vision of becoming the most environmentally sustainable town in Connecticut.

We wish to acknowledge and thank the corporations, businesses, groups and individuals who made this possible.

•Co-host: Wilton Library

•Emerald Sponsors: Deloitte and Whole Foods Westport

•Gold Sponsors: Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority through the Community Innovations Grant and Rings End

•Silver Sponsors: Apple Blossom School, Bankwell in Wilton, Next Step Living, Nod Hill Soap, Realty Seven, Wilton Stop & Shop, Winters Brothers

•Media Sponsors: Good Morning Wilton, Star 99.9 and 95.9 The Fox

•Community Donors: CT Green Painters, Richard and Jana Bertkau, Jerry and Betsy Goodwin, Outdoor Sports, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, Community Energy, Fairfield County Bank, Kari Roberts, Phyllis and Harlan Murray, Wilton Hardware, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Middlebrook Recycling Club, Wilton High School Recycling Club

•In-Kind and Professional Services Donors: Bank of America, Boylston Properties, City Carting, Debbie Hunsberger, Karoo Red Tea, Lynn Stack, Resource Natural Spring Water, Town of Wilton Department of Public Works, Town of Wilton Parks and Recreation, Willa Ratner Design, Wilton Congregational Church, Wilton Rotary, Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps

•Silent Auction Donors: Cactus Rose, Mrs. Green’s Natural Market Wilton, Outdoor Sports, Portofino’s, Realty Seven, Tina Duncan, Village Market, Westport Country Playhouse, Wilton Family Y, Wilton Garden Club.

And to all the volunteers who worked before, during festival and after the festival. You made it possible!

Jana Bertkau, Chairman

Wilton Go Green Festival 2014

Wilton, May 13