Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum for Children will host its first ever Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, October 13 in partnership with Sustainne, a local business dedicated to uniting, nurturing and growing a community dedicated to sustainable living. Taking place at the award-winning children’s museum from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the “We Love Planet Earth”- themed expo will feature a variety of interactive attractions led by local businesses to teach attendees how to live more sustainably every day.
Exhibitors will be comprised of local organizations that help to build sustainable communities and local businesses that provide sustainable goods and services including organic farms and food establishments, artists and designers, and innovative businesses solving our biggest waste problems. The Expo immerses guests in sustainability with free, locally grown and made food and beverage samplings, a used textile recycling drive, a Transforming Trash interactive experience, an electric vehicle showcase, a honey harvest demonstration, free pollinator-friendly flower seeds and a community build of a scale model of the Museum using recycled cardboard along with other exhibitor experiences.
“We are thrilled to team up with Stepping Stones Museum for Children to help families explore and discover exciting ways to lower our impact on the Earth and even go zero waste,” says Sustainne CEO Analiese Paik. “Local businesses that are Sustainne members will demonstrate how our collective dedication to being socially and environmentally responsible will fuel healthy and resilient communities, an imperative for our sustainable future.”
This sustainable living expo builds upon the museum’s long-standing commitment to connecting with all young members of our community and their families with important lessons about how to make positive AND sustainable choices. Since the launch of its Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® Initiative in 2006, Stepping Stones has introduced and promoted key messages about conservation, environmental health and environmental stewardship to millions of children and families through educational interactions like its onsite and travelling exhibits that include Conservation Quest®, Build It! and Energy Lab, educational, play-driven workshops for school and community group audiences, hands-on activities within the museum’s garden spaces and its “green” building, which is LEED Gold certified, meeting the nation’s strictest controls in environmental sustainability.
“Stepping Stones prides itself on responding to the interests and needs of our community,” said William E. Jeffries, III, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Stepping Stones. “The Healthy Children, Healthy Communities initiative was the museum’s proactive response to widespread concern about the health of our children and of our environment. We are so excited to partner with Sustainne for this sustainable living expo and beyond because we know that these early experiences and lessons about reducing our carbon footprint will help shape children’s lifelong habits and views on environmentalism. Planting seeds in children now about making even small, sustainable changes will reap many positive benefits in both the short and long term.”
“Proceeds from the expo will go to support the museum’s Open Arms initiative, which provides thousands of children, caregivers and teachers each year the opportunity to enjoy the museum regardless of financial, language, cultural or special needs barriers,” said Jeffries. “It’s important that children of all backgrounds are exposed to these important educational messages about sustainability because environmental health is an issue that impacts us all.”
Featured attractions include:
- “There’s No Such Thing as Trash: Transforming the Idea of Garbage” interactive, digital media experience by LorenFlower where guests discover the hidden value of our trash.
- Honey Harvest Demonstration and Free Pollinator-Friendly Flower Seeds: Attend The Best Bees Company’s honey harvest demo and learn about honey, home beekeeping, and their research in Bee health, then take home your own pollinator-friendly flower seeds for your yard.
- Community Build with Recycled Cardboard: kids will have the chance to learn about creative repurposing while they partake in a community build of scale models of the Museum using recycled cardboard and 3D printed connectors led by 3Dux/design. Bring your own single ply cardboard or use the supply provided by The Junkluggers.
- Recycling Drive: participate in a used textile recycling drive led by Bay State Textiles to prevent these valuable materials from being thrown away and negatively impacting the environment. Guests can feel great about closing the loop on waste by bringing valuable materials back into the production cycle for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling into new products.
- Electric Vehicle Showcase: learn about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership including performance, ease of maintenance and zero emissions driving.
Providing important support for the Sustainable Living Expo is Karl Chevrolet of New Canaan. This inaugural event takes place at Stepping Stones Museum for Children from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and is free with the general museum admission of $15 per person and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. Visit Sustainne.com or SteppingStonesMuseum.org for information and tickets.