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EPA Earth Day Extravaganza to Welcome NIEHS Staff

By Laura Hall
April 2010

Danica Andrews
Last year, Andrews welcomed employees to the Earth Week kick off at NIEHS. This year she'll be on hand at the EPA-hosted celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Organizers of Earth Day events at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have invited NIEHS staff to join with them in celebrating the 40-year anniversary of Earth Day with special events April 20-22.

Dick Sloane and Danica Andrews, co-chairs of the NIEHS Environmental Awareness Advisory Committee (EAAC), said that the committee decided to forgo an Earth Day event this year at NIEHS. "EPA is planning a massive 'blow out' Earth Week event and the entire NIEHS family has been invited to attend," said Sloane. The EAAC, which plans and sponsors the annual NIEHS Earth Day event, will instead sponsor a series of "Earth" activities throughout the month of May beginning with Health and Fitness Week May 3 (see story).

Events include two talks by notable environmentalists and a number of green fun and educational events:

Hunter Lovins, dubbed a "green business icon" by Newsweek magazine in 2009, will speak about "The Business Case for Climate Protection" on April 21 at 10:00 a.m. Lovins is a well-known author and consultant with expertise in sustainability, climate change, and what she calls "natural capitalism" - an initiative for making the Earth's resources a strategic business priority.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the Duke Energy installment of solar photovoltaic panels on top of the roof of the First Environments Early Learning Center - the NIEHS and EPA co-sponsored childcare facility - will take place April 22 on the EPA plaza beginning at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be followed with a keynote address, "Visionary Environmental Business Leader and Advocate," by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

On April 21, the fun begins with the 5K EPA-RTP Fun Run and Walk at 9:00 a.m. at the EPA Building C plaza. Afterwards, the event will feature two videos - "A Sense of Wonder," about Rachel Carson and her efforts to protect the environment, and "Air Science 40," about the past 40 years of air quality research and regulations.

Several nature walks and talks, a butterfly garden design talk by North Carolina Botanical Garden staff, and a green vendor fair are scheduled as well.

The EAAC will send out emails with the entire schedule and any necessary sign up instructions later in April.

(Laura Hall is a biologist in the NIEHS Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology currently on detail as a writer for the Environmental Factor.)

EPA to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on RTP campus with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Exit NIEHS (http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/e040a3504fadca138525770b006ac118!OpenDocument)



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