Environment Day logo contest winner chosen

ENCINITAS — With June 8 fast approaching, the Encinitas Environment Day steering committee announced the winner of the logo contest. Encinitas resident Kenton Hoppas took first place with his entry of an egg-shaped globe illustrating the theme “Handle with Care.”
Along with a check for $100, Hoppas’ design will be on the third annual Encinitas Environment Day posters, T-shirts and more.
Daniela Aravena took home second place while third place went to Gordon Chavez.
The annual eco-informational fair sponsored by the city of Encinitas, EDCO and Dudek held at Cottonwood Creek Park was created by activist Bob Nanninga who died last month.
Anne Julian-Fagergren, a steering committee member of the event, said that it is a perfect way to honor Nanninga’s memory. “He passed away the day we announced the winners of the contest,” she said. “I know he was working on this even while he was in the hospital.”
There will be a tree planted in the park at the event as a memorial to Nanninga.
There are many reasons to participate in this year’s activities, according to Julian-Fagergren. “On a personal level, this is a way for people to keep Bob’s project alive and keep him in our collective memory.”
The event is also a place to share with the public ways that companies and organizations are helping the environment. Encinitas Environment Day 2009 is looking for sponsors for this year’s event as well as exhibitors and volunteers.
“There was a lot of information last year on watersheds, parks and trails and how we can get connected with our own local community to make it a more environmental place,” Jerry Falkenhagen said. The Encinitas resident attended the event last year with his family. “I was glad to see some more of the small local businesses out last year,” he said.
In fact, Julian-Fagergren said the upcoming event will focus more on local efforts to achieve environmental sustainability. “We’re trying to keep it green and focus on our local merchants as part of sustainable growth,” she said.
“I think each year the number of activities and vendors increase,” said Barry Heckt, who attended the previous celebrations. “I think as our awareness grows, we become more participatory in events like these.”
“We want to celebrate the uniqueness and beauty for many years to come,” Julian-Fagergren said.
For more information and to learn how to become a sponsor or participate as a vendor, visit www.eeday.org.

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