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Dedham prepares for Earth Week and town cleanup days

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  April 3, 2013 03:33 PM

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Earth Week in Dedham will begin with a film screening and end with a townwide cleanup.

On Monday, April 22, Dedham’s Sustainability Advisory Committee will screen the movie “Switch.”

The movie details the pros and cons of different renewable energy sources and shows that there is no perfect solution, according to Virginia LeClair, Dedham’s environmental coordinator and chairwoman of the Sustainability Advisory Committee.

“It gives people a good understanding of the challenges and what we have to do individually, or what we could do individually, to reduce energy usage,” LeClair said.

Prior to the screening at 7 p.m., there will be a vendor fair beginning at 6 p.m. The fair will include Next Step Living, Green City Growers, Dedham Trails, and the Dedham Environmental Department, presenting on information including weatherization, residential solar opportunities, and the town’s new gardening program at the Dolan Center.

Both the fair and the screening will take place at Dedham Middle School at 70 Whiting Ave. That is a fitting place to hold it, as the school was constructed using environmentally friendly building practices, according to LeClair.

On Saturday, April 27, Dedham will kick off its annual cleanup week. Town organizations are coordinating cleanups of specific locations.

A group is meeting at 9 a.m. at Condon Park to clean the Mother Brook; another is meeting at Oakdale Common at 10 a.m. to clean up Oakdale Square.

Dedham Civic Pride is hosting a cleanup on Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m. at Fairbanks Park, on Sunday, April 28, at 9 a.m. at Barnes Memorial Field, and on Saturday, May 4, at 9 a.m. at the Endicott Train Station.

For more information or to join a cleanup crew, contact the Environmental Department at vleclair@dedham-ma.gov or 781-751-9213.

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