Local Activities | April 21, 2015
Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. It was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote the idea of ecology and encourage respect for the earth by shining a spotlight on soil, water and air pollution. Today, Earth Day has become a celebration of Mother Nature, “green” and sustainable technology and how to protect our national resources.
Everyone can help out protecting our environment on Earth Day and every day, by just doing simple things to help out the environment like recycling, repurposing and reusing boxes, bottles, cans, and other items and properly disposing of computers, cell phone batteries and other electronic items.
There are many Earth Day events that have taken place this past weekend as well as some that will take place this week in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas.
Each year during Earth Day week, the city of Baltimore hosts Baltimore Green Week . This year, the festivities run from Saturday, April 18th to Saturday, April 25th at venues throughout Baltimore. Baltimore Green Week consists of a week-long series of programs spotlighting environmental awareness and learning about the newest and best sustainable practices. There are workshops, seminars, hands-on projects (such as clean-up projects), and volunteering opportunities. The highlight of Baltimore Green Week is the EcoFest, held at Druid Hill Park. This year, Ecofest was held on Saturday, April 18th. There were over 100 vendors who help and promote a green culture in the Baltimore area. There was also entertainment, seminars for healthier living and activities for the entire family. The Baltimore Zoo is having a “Party for the Planet” on Saturday, April 25th from 10am to 3pm to put the spotlight on conservation and making the earth a better place to live. There will be entertainment, a seedling giveaway, workshops and a puppet show.
Washington D.C. is hosting many Earth Day activities. The Global Citizen 2015 free concert was held on Saturday, April 18th on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The concert was an all-day event to “inspire citizens to take action to protect our planet and its people”. Performers for the concert included No Doubt, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Train and Common. Union Station near the Capital Building in Washington D.C has a special celebration in conjunction with NASA and the Earth Day Network on April 21st and 22nd. The Earth Day events feature interactive eco-friendly experiences to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. There will be scientists and astronauts from NASA as well as representatives from many other organizations helping make the earth a better place. The National Zoo will be having special Earth Day focused activities for the entire family on April 22nd from 10am to 1pm. The activities focus on green-themed crafts that promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The United States Botanical Garden located on the National Mall, has a special 45th Anniversary of Earth Day event on Friday, April 24th with cooking demonstrations and seminars from representatives of environmental organizations from around the area. The Broccoli City Festival takes place Saturday, April 25th from 12pm to 9pm at Gateway DC Pavilion. The festival promotes living a healthier and more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. There will be musical performances, yoga classes, fitness instructions and more.
ezStorage is proud to be a part of the “green” and sustainable movement in the self storage industry. Two Baltimore area ezStorage facilities, Elkridge and Charles Village, are considered “green” facilities. They received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications after passing a very tough certification process. The locations utilize LED energy efficient lighting, use native plants in the landscaping around the buildings, use reflective room membranes and are water, waste and energy efficient.