Calabasas honors the environment with Earth Day – Real Estate in Calabasas

Calabasas honors the environment with Earth Day

2011-04-07 / Community
Green-minded businesses take part in event
By Sylvie Belmond

INTRODUCING A PET PROJECT—Monica Dunahee with the Topanga-based Nature of Wildworks rescue organization handles Jake the gopher snake during the Calabasas Earth Day Celebration and Green Expo last Saturday.   RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers INTRODUCING A PET PROJECT—Monica Dunahee with the Topanga-based Nature of Wildworks rescue organization handles Jake the gopher snake during the Calabasas Earth Day Celebration and Green Expo last Saturday. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Residents and representatives from eco-friendly companies and organizations gathered at the annual Calabasas Earth Day Festival last weekend to exchange green ideas. Their ultimate goal— protecting the planet and its resources.

The annual festival attracted about 1,500 people to a restored segment of Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Road.

Alex Farassati, environmental services manager for Calabasas and organizer of the Earth Day Celebration and Green Expo, said the event would not be possible without the partnership of businesses and nonprofit groups that provide green products, services and programs.

“Many of these companies are new and need a venue to introduce themselves. This event provided that opportunity to local businesses,” Farassati said.

State Sen. Fran Pavley concurred.

“A growing number of local businesses are making a living doing some wonderful things. It’s a double win because it’s also greening the bottom line,” she said.

Pavley praised Calabasas Councilmember Mary Sue Mau- rer and other local officials for their environmental leadership. While speaking with Maurer, the senator suggested that Calabasas should pressure Agoura Hills officials to implement a ban on plastic bags. Calabasas’ ban goes into effect on July 1.

About 50 exhibitors represented animal protection, solar technology, resource conservation and healthy food and living practices.

Among them was Dr. Rhonda Jessum, a clinical psychologist who formed Our Right To Know, a citizens group that wants to curb the use of pesticides in local schools.

“ We want the district to change its practices to use nontoxic materials,” the Calabasas mother said. “We don’t believe these chemicals should be used in our school district.”

Matt Salinsky, a representative for the environmental group Greenpeace, said people need to come together to make a difference.

This is a nice article about people coming together in Calabasas to raise awareness for the environment, animal protection, living practices, resource conservation, solar technology and healthy eating. It was located at Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Road.

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