WESTFIELD, NJ — Coordinated by the town’s Green Team, Westfield held an Earth Day Celebration from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, capping off a weekend of environmental events commemorating the 48th annual Earth Day.

Sunday’s event was held in the North Avenue train station parking lot. Town residents could pick up one of four different types of saplings to plant on their property, get reusable shopping bags and obtain information about Westfield’s recycling and other environmental programs. The purpose of the event, according to Third Ward Councilman David Contract, was to “help residents learn to live more sustainably.”

Contract also hoped to encourage residents to take a town-wide survey, which will be open until May 6, and serves to understand attitudes toward sustainability and environmental initiatives.  To take the survey, click here.  

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Among the event’s volunteers were Green Team co-chair Medea Villere, who hoped the day would bring awareness to the committee’s work.

“We have experts in recycling, energy and environmental education on our committee,” said Villere, who herself is a former employee of Sustainable Jersey. “We are working with groups like the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Board of Education, and hope to be a resource to them when it comes to sustainability.”

Westfield residents could also sign a “Green Pledge,” with a brief description of something they can do to help the environment. Among the pledges by kids and adults – “Bike! Not Drive,” “Recycle a lot more,” “Reuse what we can” and “Use rain barrels.”

 “The reinvigorated Green Team has done an amazing job of raising recycling and sustainability awareness,” Second Ward Councilman Michael Dardia said. “It’s also exciting to see all of the newly created and worthwhile programs.”

Kid were able to participate in the day by doing an upcycled craft project with empty water bottles.