BENNINGTON>> Two events on Thursday and Friday by the One World Conservation Center aim to celebrate the 46th Annual Earth Day by showing Vermonters how to reduce their impact on the environment.

It all kicks off Thursday night with the talk titled "An Earth Day Discussion on Wasted Food." And on Friday, an "Earth Day Open House" will offer activities that organizers say are great for children on school vacation week as well as adults.

"We're trying to give people a place to celebrate the earth and learn about environmentally friendly things they can do," Director Holly Betit said Wednesday.

Both events will take place at the center, located at 413 Route 7, Bennington.

Thursday's discussion is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance and the Northeast Recycling Counsel, a non-profit organization that focuses on issues associated with recycling, composting and reducing waste in 11 northeastern states.

The talk will cover food scrap management under the state's Universal Recycling Law. Also known as Act 48, it dictates a ban on food scrap disposal starting July 1, 2020.

Topics to be discussed will include how to reduce the amount of food waste in homes, schools and businesses; how to "recover" food that may otherwise go to waste; and how to include food scraps into backyard composting.


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For more information about Thursday's event, contact Athena Lee Bradley with at Northeast Recycling Council at 802-254-3636 or athena@nerc.org.

Friday's open house, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is geared towards families with children as well as adults, Betit said.

One presenter will be TAM Waste Management of Shaftsbury, which operates a composting site in Pownal. Others will include Efficiency Vermont, a nonprofit which provides technical assistance and financial incentives to help households and businesses reduce their energy costs; and 350 Vermont, an offshoot of the national 350.org effort that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb climate change.

Mark Raymaker of Shaftsbury will be on hand to talk about electric and plug-in hybrid cars. There will also be music, refreshments, and activities for kids.

Betit said she's looking as Friday's open house as a first annual event. She spoke about a need to spread awareness about environmental issues, as well as giving people in the southern Vermont region ways to take action.

"We're definitely building a community here of people interested in doing what's right for the environment," she said. "We need to raise awareness, as well as offer a place where people can come, become educated about environmental issues and how they can help, and talk to us about what they'd like to see.

For more information about the One World Conservation Center, call the center at 802-447-7419 or visit www.oneworldconservationcenter.org for a complete calendar of events and how to get involved.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979