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Fair Promotes All Things Green

Fairfield County’s green people gathered at the Stamford  Marriott Wednesday for an rousing environmental get-together. Monica Leggett chatted with Jillian Carbone about solar energy amid displays for environmentally friendly products and holistic health solutions. The event was the third annual Fairfield County Green Faire, held to tout green awareness, businesses and lifestyles.

"I'm interested in solar energy for my home," said Leggett, who discussed her needs with Carbone, associate for education and outreach with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund . Leggett was a volunteer at the Town of Trumbull display table. Like many, she networked at the event to learn more about what other exhibitors had to offer.

These days, a good thing about being green is that it's no longer necessary to explain what that means, said Leggett. "How many people were using canvas bags eight years ago?" she asked. What's even better is that there are regular gatherings and events devoted to green awareness, businesses and lifestyles, she said. Wednesday's fair attracted more than four dozen exhibitors.

"The first step in the environmental movement is to educate, and that's really what we're doing. Green is real. It's here and people came to see all of the various options," said Michael Feighan, the event's master of ceremonies. He kept visitors aware of ongoing discussions and presentations on topics such as recycling and infrastructure sustainability.

Exhibitors included green energy businesses and associations, communications experts, sellers of organic products, health care providers, and various Green Drinks organizations.

Lisa Mank discussed the advantages of her Hydro-Dynamics, Inc., air-quality products, while Art St. Armand wanted to spread the word about Green Drinks functions.

"Basically, people come to network. Just show up and meet people," said St. Armand about the meet-ups of green advocates.

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