Wednesday, October 30
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join us at the Rowayton Community Center (33 Highland Avenue) for another of our informative, insightful and inspiring programs in the “Our Earth: Your Call” environmental action series. On Wednesday, October 30th, from 7 to 8:30 pm, esteemed author Diane Lewis, M.D., will speak about her award-winning book, The Great Heathy Yard Project: Our Yards, Our Children, Our Responsibility.
The book won the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards silver medal for Home and Garden Books. Lewis also received the 2015 Advocate Award from Environmental Advocates of New York, the 2106 Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for The Great Healthy Yard Project, and in May 2016, the Zone III Conservation Award from The Garden Club of America.
Lewis has written opinion pieces about health and the environment for major newspapers including “The toxic brew in our yards” (New York Times Sunday Review, May 11, 2014), “Are green lawns worth the risk of green Lake Erie and toxic algae?” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 9, 2014), “What you do in your yard matters,” (The Baltimore Sun, March 24, 2015) and “Protect precious plants and water,” (The Camden Courier Post, March 9, 2015). She frequently speaks publicly on the impact of water quality on health.
In 2018, her nonprofit organization, The Great Healthy Yard Project, was privileged to begin working with The Garden Club of America to decrease pesticide usage on yards and gardens across the United States and advocate for responsible drug disposal.
Lewis is a member of the Bedford Garden Club and is on the National Affairs and Legislative Committee for the Garden Club of America. She also serves on the board of Earthjustice, the board of Audubon New York, the Town of Bedford Planning Board and the Town of Bedford Open Space Acquisition Committee.
Please register here in advance for her presentation. Refreshments will be served. Sponsors of the Our Earth:Your Call series are Rowayton Library, Rowayton Gardeners and Norwalk Land Trust.