[heading] by KELLEY GUSICH [/heading]

Encinitas Environment Day began in 2007 when a handful of locals, including the late Bob Nanninga, decided to organize an event to promote ecological awareness in Encinitas. Since its inception, EE Day has grown to over 2,000 attendees and boasts approximately 60 vendors and exhibitors – local businesses, government agencies and environmental organizations. Organizing Committee member, Liz Taylor explained that the event is registered with the United Nations World Environment Day and is meant to encourage “thinking globally and acting locally.”

This free event has many fun opportunities for San Diego adults and children, including art projects, music performances and an ecological scavenger hunt. Liz relayed, “There will be exhibitors with information on a wide range of services and products to help you live more in balance with the earth and probably save money while doing it!”

EE day has a committee comprised of dedicated volunteers with specialties in environmental education, sustainability, the arts and green business and is an opportunity to bring the community together in the context of environmental understanding. “The event aims to bring Encinitans of all ages together to celebrate our place on the planet,” Liz explained.EEDay2013_logo

Encinitas Environment Day is partnering with EUSD for the event – they are opening up the Paul Ecke Central campus for garden tours and student art program demonstrations. A film series, presented by Whole Foods Market®, will take place in the PEC auditorium. EUSD students will take part in environmentally themed poetry and an art challenge; many of the works will be read or displayed.

In its seventh year, Encinitas Environment Day will be making a special effort to encourage people to use alternative transportation to get to the event. The website will have details on how to get there without using your car. People who walk or ride their bikes will receive a raffle ticket and have the opportunity to win great prizes like a new bike!

As in previous years, EE Day will be held in Cottonwood Creek Park. With its restored creek-bed surrounded by native plant species and a water permeable parking lot, Cottonwood Creek Park is the ideal location to promote environmental stewardship. On Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Encinitans should meet to celebrate our place on this planet!