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Ossining Earth Day Showcases 'Living Building'

The Earth School EnviraPod will be on display during the Ossining 6th annual Earth Day Festival on April 16.
The Earth School EnviraPod will be on display during the Ossining 6th annual Earth Day Festival on April 16. Photo Credit: Provided

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Something Good in the World (SGITW), a local leader in sustainability education, will showcase their Earth School Envirapod mobile education trailer at Green Ossining’s 6th annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 16 at Louis Engel Park.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., will offer festival goers the chance to tour the building and learn more about its green technologies: composting toilet, wood pellet stove, solar panels, and rainwater catchment system.

After focusing their educational programs on outdoor sustainability for the last 15 years, SGITW educational director Barbara Sarbin recognized an opportunity to meet the changing needs of the planet and to educate a new crop of young environmentalists by incorporating indoor sustainability into their programming.

“A zero-carbon footprint life is an attainable goal -- something that we can all strive for,” said Sarbin. “We’ve been sharing the unique learning experience of the EnviraPod with children who attend our programs, and we’re thrilled for more people to see this ‘living building’ for themselves.”

A "living building" generates its own energy, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and sustainably.

“There’s a growing trend of people wanting to live more sustainably and consciously, not just outside the home, but inside as well," said David Delardi, co-creator of the home. "Enviragen helps fill a need for consumers who want to live more harmoniously with the earth. When people tour the pods, they see this isn’t conceptual -- it’s available right now.”

The eco-friendly educational trailer is located in its farm-based home in Ossining as part of Something Good in the World’s Children’s Peaceful Garden, where it exists as a demonstration of available technologies for alternative energies and sustainable practices, in an eco-friendly, completely self-contained, off-grid environment. Learn more at www.enviragen.com .

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