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Darien Chamber Of Commerce Awards Businesses For Going Green

DCA Thrift Shop Manager Carol Smith and Darien Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Cator. The 2016 Non-Profit of Darien Award goes to the DCA Thrift Shop. Photo Credit: Contributed
DCC Executive Director Susan Cator with the winners of the poster contest, Darien High School students Cheyenne de la Rivera and Valerie Le. Photo Credit: Contributed
Cindy Palmer and Greg Palmer receiving their 2016 Green Choice Award from Susan Cator Photo Credit: Contributed
Kris Barker - The Gardener's Center & Florist receiving the 2016 Repurposing Award Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- In preparation for Earth Day, The Darien Chamber of Commerce awarded the winners of the Ninth Annual “Going for Green” Event.

This year, “Going For Green” was sponsored by First County Bank and the awards reception was held at the Darien Branch on the Post Road.

Chamber members Estia's Back Porch Café and Meatball & Company provided appetizers for the reception on Thursday, April 21.

The first awards announced were winners of the annual poster contest, Danbury High School graphics design class, taught by Dorine Bosler. The students were given an assignment to create a poster to be used in the Darien Community promoting green choices and the “pledge."

First place went to Cheyenne de la Rivera and second place went to Valerie Le. Their posters can be seen in windows of retailers around town promoting “green choices” to the Darien community.

All twelve of the posters are part of the “All Things Green Festival” at the Darien Library.

In addition, the Darien Chamber recognized three of its members who have taken steps to be “environmentally friendly."

The 2016 Re-Purposing Award of Darien goes to The Gardener’s Center & Florist. The Gardener’s Center has made changes using native plants in their outdoor landscaping.

The center removed 1000-square-feet of turf grass between the sidewalk and Post Road and replaced it with two species of ornamental sedge grasses—Carex pensylvanica and Carex appalachica, which are native to the Eastern region of the United States.

The turf grass requires water, fertilizer and soil additives while the Sedge Grasses require very little water, nutrients and maintenance. In addition, the soil from the roof garden was recycled and repurposed.

The 2016 Green Choice Award of Darien goes to Palmer’s Market. The 2016 Non-Profit of Darien Award goes to the DCA Thrift Shop.

Selectman Susan Marks attended and thanked the award winners for their efforts and congratulated the high school students on their winning poster designs.

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