Lawrence + Memorial to host Earth Day event

New London -- The public is invited to attend “Patient Earth,” an environmental fair in celebration of Earth Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 in Baker Auditorium at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.

The event will include about a dozen “Earth-friendly” vendors from throughout southeastern Connecticut who will share information, ideas and products all aimed at enhancing the quality of the local environment.

“At L+M, we care for human patients every day,” Mary Ellen Masciale, an L+M employee and member of L+M’s Go Green Committee, which is sponsoring the event, said in a news release. “We’re calling our event ‘Patient Earth’ because it’s a chance for us to think about our planet as a living entity and to realize it, too, needs care. As caregivers, it’s a chance to ask ourselves. ‘Are we taking the right steps– even small steps– to improve the health of our planet?’”

Those attending the L+M event can meet local environmental experts and learn about topics such as: options for buying more local produce, using Earth-friendly products, planting gardens, recycling, and using new energy options such as solar power.

Constance Kendros, a committee member and L+M employee, said many “green” initiatives have multiple benefits: riding a bike to work, for example, is good exercise, and also cuts down on automobile emissions which pollute the Earth’s atmosphere. Similarly, eating local produce supports area farmers, and also enhances an individual’s diet and nutrition.

Vendors scheduled to attend the event include: Fiddleheads Food Co-Op; F.R.E.S.H. New London; CT Rides (carpooling or alternative transportation); Coca Cola (plastic recycling program); Stonington Gardens; Next Step Living (home energy audits); All Waste (environmentally responsible waste haulers), Simplified Energy Solutions (solar power alternatives) and representatives of the UConn Cooperative Extension-Master Gardening Program.

There will also be informational videos, seed giveaways and – weather permitting – strolls in L+M’s Wadsworth Healing Garden, where flowers are just starting to bloom.

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