Local Activities | April 21, 2014
Earth Day is April 22nd. It was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote the ideas 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. There are many Earth Day activities in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas. Baltimore Earth Day Events Each year during the week of Earth Day, the city of Baltimore hosts Baltimore Green Week. This year, the festivities run from April 18th to 26th 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 during the week. The highlight of Baltimore Green Week is the EcoFest, which is held Saturday, April 26th at Druid Park. EcoFest has a Bluegrass music festival, bike safety tips, scavenger hunt, yoga classes, a kid’s play area, food tasting (from Whole Foods) and much more. There are over 100 vendors who help and promote a green culture. Washington D.C. Earth Day Activities Washington D.C. is hosting many Earth Day activities. Union Station near the Capital Building in Washington D.C has a month-long celebration for Earth Day called “Celebration of Sustainability”, with special events held April 21st to 23rd. The Earth Day event features interactive eco-friendly experiences to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. The event is sponsored by NASA and hosted by the Earth Day Network. There will be scientists and astronauts from NASA as well as representatives from Amtrak, Washington Gas Energy Services, Human Rights Campaign and NOAA. The National Zoo will be having special Earth Day focused activities for the entire family. The activities focus on green-themed crafts that promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The United States Botanical Garden, located on the National Mall, has cooking with seasonal produce demonstrations and seminars from representatives of environmental organizations from around the area. Northern Virginia Earth Day Events Alexandria, Virginia hosts its Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26th at Ben Brenman Park with educational exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities, a tree sale, entertainment and more for the entire family. ezStorage Supports Being Green ezStorage is proud to be a part of the “green” and sustainable movement in the self storage industry. The latest two ezStorage facilities in the Baltimore area are LEED certified. Elkridge and Charles Village are “green” facilities. They received their 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 roof membranes and are water, waste and energy-efficient. Do your part this Earth 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.