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April 22, 2011
Sacramento Earth Day includes festival, award

In Sacramento, Earth Day commemorations take all shapes and forms, from individual efforts to company-wide mindsets.

Saturday, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) will celebrate with its annual Sacramento Earth Day at Southside Park at T and 6th streets. From 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., dozens of vendors will show ways to be more eco-friendly every day.

Open free to the public, the event also will feature live music, theater, food, animals, a one-hour yoga class and children's activities.

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Sacramento-based Balanced Body, the world's largest Pilates company, celebrated Friday's Earth Day with an award.

The company received honors from the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

"Balanced Body promotes healthy living through mindful movement, so we want to extend that mindfulness to the environment," said Ken Endelman, the company's founder. "We take such pride in our products and the fact that we are able to produce them responsibly and efficiently. It's up to companies like ours to keep raising the 'Green' bar so that the earth is a better place to live for future generations."

In the past year, Balanced Body pushed for the installation of a 20-acre solar panel field and further reduced company waste. It now uses 40 percent solar power to run its Sacramento operation and recycles 74 percent of its waste - an estimated 133 tons a year.

- Debbie Arrington

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