The city’s observance of Earth Week kicked off Monday with a press conference promoting conservation and recycling and will culminate Saturday with a downtown “Sustain White Plains” celebration featuring more than 50 vendors showcasing their environmentally friends contributions to the community.
Electric car driving Mayor Tom Roach remembered that the first Earth Day in 1970 “was a cool thing, sort of a hippie thing. Now, it’s become part of who we are.”
He said Earth Week “is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to think about how we can live in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. There are changes both large and small that each of us can make that will improve the health of our planet.”
This year the city has teamed up with Soles 4 Souls, a charity that collects and re-distributes gently worn shoes to needy. White Plains is co-sponsoring a drive aimed at collecting 20,000 pairs of shoes. Donations can be dropped off at Ebersole Ice Rink, at Delfino Park Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Soles 4 Souls Chief Executive Officer Buddy Teaster said the organization redistributes 19 million pairs of shoes in the U.S. and around the world.
Saturday’s Sustain White Plains event is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. on Mamaroneck Avenue between Main Street and Martine Avenue. Activities include creating music with recycled items and a fashion show featuring clothes made recycled materials. There will be performances by “Bash the Trash,” and Mark Rust. Local businesses will offer coupons, interactive exhibits and give-aways.
Visit http://www.wpbid.com/events_WP_earth_week_2013.htm for a complete list of White Plains Earth Week events.