Audubon Greenwich Hosts Week of Earth Day Events Focusing on Greener Home Life

Audubon Greenwich’s Events In Celebration of  “Earth Week” & The “Audubon At Home” Initiative Offer Something for Everyone

Sat.    4/17:  Healthier Foods, Healthier Families: With Chef & Health Counselor Rachel Khanna

Tues.   4/20:  Green Homes & Building Series Part 3: Water Harvesting & Rain Gardens in Landscape Design

Fri.            4/23: Tapped: The Movie: Screening, bottle exchange, and reception with the Director & Producer of the film. Please join me at this event! Replacing plastic water bottles with a reusable stainless steel thermos is one of my Green Food Tips for Earth Day. Don’t have a thermos yet? Bring your (last) plastic bottle and exchange it for a thermos, courtesy of the producer, while supplies last.

Sun.    4/25: Composting 202: Going Beyond The Outdoor Pile: With Wendy Bounds from the Wall Street Journal. If you don’t like messing with worms and compost piles, but still want to compost your food waste, this event is for you!

Event Details:

This Saturday, April 17

Healthier Foods, Healthier Families

With Chef Rachel Khanna

2:00-3:30 pm

Discover what it means to eat local, organic, seasonal and learn how to choose healthier foods. Did you know that roughly 70% of antibiotics in the U.S. are given to animals?  Or that there are now more overweight people in the world than starving people? Join Chef and Health Counselor Rachel Khanna as she explores some of the myths surrounding our food supply and discusses easy food ideas for everyone to enjoy. All ages. Suggested donation: $10. Free for youth.  RSVPs appreciated but not required. RSVP to<> or call 203-869-5272 x239.

Rachel Khanna is a Certified Health Counselor and a passionate advocate of organic and local food and a healthy lifestyle. She decided to become a health counselor to fulfill her passion of working with children and parents to improve their health and family life.  With a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, she subsequently completed a diploma in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, and received her training as a Health Counselor at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is currently completing certification in Food Therapy at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City.  Rachel owned and operated Tiffin Organic Dinner Delivery Service in Greenwich, CT.  Currently, she teaches cooking classes and holds workshops on eating for optimal health.  She also offers individual health and nutrition coaching to parents and families.  Rachel is the mother of four daughters and has lived in Greenwich since 2000.

Tuesday, April 20

WATER: Reducing Use & Harvesting Water for Landscaping Elements Part 3 of the Green Homes & Building Series 7:00-9:00 pm It may seem that the Northeast is water-rich, but this region often experiences drought and water shortages. Before your ‘well runs dry’ visit Audubon Greenwich and learn easy ways to reduce water use in homes and landscaping methods that collect and use the rain for use on-site. Topics will include rain garden design, practical rain harvesting methods for this region, and will feature a newly patented device for toilets that eliminates water waste, saving approx. 30% on each tank refill. The presenters for that event will include Peter Alexander and Keith Beaver. $10 suggested donation for adults. Youth and teens attend at no cost. Please RSVP to or call 203-869-5272 x239 to save your seat. Please note: Advance questions for the presenters can be sent to the RSVP email address.

Peter Alexander is a Landscape Architect and Planner with 30 years of practical experience. He has degrees in Biology and History from the University of Denver and degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the Rhode School of Design. He also holds a Wetland Delineation Certification from Rutgers University and is currently involved with post-graduate work at the Harvard Graduate School of Design that focuses on ‘experiencing architecture’. His expertise includes fine landscape design for residences, sporting venues, and coastal planning projects that protect natural resources from runoff polluted by golf courses and development projects. Peter’s presentation will focus on how landowners and designers can capture runoff for groundwater recharge and use on-site in water features and rain gardens. He will describe the principles of rain garden location, design approaches and specify the plants that are well suited to such gardens.

Keith Beaver is a partner and Sr. Associate with Didona Associates – Landscape Architects, LLC in Danbury, Connecticut and has been with the firm for 15 years.  Keith has been a Landscape Architect for 20+ years and a LEED AP for 1 1/2 years.  Keith has incorporated sustainable design techniques into projects for many years and has extensive knowledge of public sector projects including state and federal multi-family and elderly housing projects, streetscape design, and public school site planning,  At Didona Associates, his responsibilities include team leadership for sustainable design and development, land use analysis, preparing construction documents, and presenting to local land use commissions. Keith’s presentation will describe a project recently finished in Ridgefield that was awarded a LEED Platinum certification. The project’s many sustainable aspects included native plants and rain gardens in the landscaping, two 1,000 gallon cisterns for water harvesting, pervious pavers, and a fountain fed by roof runoff.

Friday, April 23

“Tapped: The Movie”

A film about bottled water with the film’s Director & Producer on-site 7:00 pm: Reception with Bottle Exchange 8:00 pm: Movie Screening Audubon Greenwich is pleased to host the final event for the “Get Off The Bottle Tour” with Stephanie Soechtig and her team’s award-winning film. From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car, this unflinching documentary about the bottled water business is a timely behind-the-scenes look into the un-regulated and little known world of the water industry. From pumping the water, to plastic production, to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this film trails the path of the bottled water industry and communities where the water is drawn.

Join us for a wine & cheese reception and a ‘bottle exchange’ at 7:00 pm, followed by the movie at 8:00 pm. For the bottle exchange, bring an empty plastic water bottle (… hopefully your last) and get a brand-new steel water bottle from the film’s producers (while supplies last). As a special bonus, Stephanie Soechtig (the Director) and Sarah Olson (the Producer) will be on-site to field questions from the audience. All the details & information about the film is posted to our website:

Space is limited. Advance tickets recommend. Tickets are $10/person online (+ a $2 service charge) or $15.00 at the door (if space permits).

To buy tickets online, visit: To pay at the door, please RSVP to Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239.

Director Stephanie Soechtig’s says:  “Not only are we in a water crisis in which 2/3 of the planet will be without drinkable water in just 11 years, but multinational corporations are literally pillaging communities around the country for this precious resource and bottling into the very bottles, which contribute the plastic soup in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  … Tapped is a story of how one person really can make a difference. Each section of the film tells the story of a David and Goliath battle in which a regular person, like you or me, goes up against a big corporation in order to initiate change in the world, and I want people to walk away from this film knowing that they can make a difference.”

This event is co-sponsored by:

Fairfield Green Food Guide ( Natural Awakenings Fairfield County ( Connecticut Fund for the Environment & Save The Sound ( Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment (

Sunday, April 25

Composting 202: Going Beyond The Outdoor Pile With Wendy Bounds from the Wall Street Journal 2:30-3:30 pm Audubon Greenwich is pleased to host an acclaimed author and journalist from the Wall Street Journal, Gwendolyn Bounds, for discussion on the many ways to create compost without a traditional outdoor compost pile. Since investigating this topic as a journalist, she has experimented with several methods and had great success turning her spoils into soils. During the presentation, she will discuss results of several methods she tested including worm composting, the “Nature Mill” automatic, indoor plug-in model, a bokashi-based method and a ball-shaped composter called the “e-composter”. She welcomes questions from the audience and will bring in examples of these methods so guests can see various methods for themselves. All ages. Suggested donation: $5. RSVPs are appreciated. To sign up, send an email to<>.

Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bounds writes and creates video content about home improvement and housing for The Wall Street Journal with a focus on energy efficiency and green building science. Wendy is also a contributor to ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CNBC. Wendy previously wrote about fashion, publishing, manufacturing and was WSJ’s small business editor from 2004 to 2008. Wendy’s non-fiction book, “Little Chapel on the River,” chronicling her experiences behind the bar at an Irish pub in New York’s Hudson River Valley, was published by William Morrow in 2005. She is a native of North Carolina and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


These events will be held at:

Audubon Greenwich

613 Riversville Road

Greenwich, CT 06831

203-869-5272 x239

For directions, visit:

To learn more about the “Audubon At Home” Initiative, visit:

To access Audubon Greenwich’s Nature Program Calendar with many other walks, hikes and programs, visit:

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