FAIRFIELD — This year marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day, a movement that began back in 1970. These days, the town has a standing committee that organizes an annual event that celebrates ways to preserve the environment and upgrade sustainability.

Back in 1995, when Earth Day was marking its quarter-century anniversary, the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce took the lead, organizing a town-wide cleanup. There was a contest for a free visit to the Children’s Garbage Museum and Education Center in Stratford, and an art contest for Fairfield High School students.

Here’s an excerpt from the story that appeared in the April 19, 1995, edition of the Fairfield Citizen about the event:

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is inviting residents to make a ‘Clean Sweep’ Saturday.

Groups and individuals interested in helping the chamber clean up portions of town should report at 8:30 a.m. to command posts at the Sherman Green on Post Road or Lafayette American Bank, 1838 Black Rock Turnpike, to collect plastic bags and rubber gloves. Volunteers can request or be assigned to specific areas. Clean Sweep will continue until noon. The Public Works Department will collect the bags Monday.

“The Chamber of Commerce decided to take an active role with getting the community involved in Earth Day,” said Executive Vice President Gary Levine.

“We wanted to do more than just create an awareness.”