Make Everyday Earth Day
Posted on April 15, 2016

Many of us are focused on our own health and well-being but may be forgetting that without things like clean air and responsibly raised produce, we will never succeed. Earth Day is right around the corner and what better time to focus on going green!

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Earth Day Around the Office

Is your company interested in reducing its carbon footprint? Consider implementing these ideas around your office!

  • Find out if your office or building has a designated area for paper recycling
  • Donate ink and toner cartridges to our e-cycling drive (ends 4/22)
  • Create a community garden
  • Join our CSA program for weekly produce deliveries
  • Bike to work or join a bike share program to get around the city
  • Turn off overhead lights and work only with natural daylight
  • Participate in a plant swap
  • Organize a community cleanup with co-workers and clean up a local park or school
  • Only print out documents you actually need & print on both sides of the paper

Earth Day at Home

Maybe you need some ideas on going green at home. Here are a few fun and simple ideas you could try.

  • Go for a hike or nature walk. Reconnecting with nature is a great way to celebrate Earth Day!
  • Plan a picnic & use reusable containers rather that paper or plastic bags
  • Play outdoors instead of online – get the neighborhood involved in a game of kickball!
  • Plant flowers and trees
  • Volunteer to clean up your neighborhood or school
  • Air dry your dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle
  • Unplug electronics when not in use

Earth Day Events

National Aquarium Earth Day Celebration
National Aquarium
501 E Pratt St., Baltimore, MD
Time: 4/22, 9am-8pm
Cost: FREE with aquarium admission
To honor Earth Day, the National Aquarium has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy to create activities that celebrate and honor Earth-friendly living. Through Discovery Carts, games, and other activities, guests will learn how to adapt green practices into your everyday routines and how their actions positively and negatively affect the not only the environment, but the animals that live and depend on it. Purchase discounted tickets online, using the code AQUACHARM.

Earth Day Celebration
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Time: 4/23, 8am-7pm
Cost: FREE
This Earth Day, save some gas and join other zoo-goers in the inaugural Bike to the Zoo event! Get up close and personal with expert horticulturists as you get gardening tips, explore the Zoo’s green facilities, and attend special presentations. Zoo staff and volunteers will be there to offer ideas and instructions on how to turn recyclables into crafts and other items you can use at home.

Alexandria Earth Day
Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park
1005 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA
Time: 4/30, 10am-2pm
Cost: FREE
Celebrate this year’s theme- Choose to Reuse- Your Choices Matter by participating in educational exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Students will showcase what Earth Day means to them through fashion, visual and performing arts, and literature. All attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation.

 


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