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June 2011

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NIEHS celebrates Earth Day

By Eddy Ball
June 2011

Dick Sloane, left, and Beth Anderson

Volunteers Dick Sloane, left, and Beth Anderson wait for the next pot of organic coffee. Sloane tried to recruit people to share vehicles, ride the bus, cycle, and telecommute to save energy and reduce stress. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Paul Johnson, left, and Betsy Kennington

Paul Johnson, left, and volunteer Betsy Kennington discussed the products of vermiculture - and the worms responsible for the highly successful NIEHS composting program, which has dramatically reduced landfill waste from the NIEHS cafeteria. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS celebrated Earth Day 2011 May 4 in the Rall Building on the main campus and May 5 at its Keystone satellite facility. At both venues, visitors could learn about ways to help the environment, enjoy fellowship and organic, chemical-free coffee, and make a pledge to "Be the Change" by taking specific action to promote sustainability.

Volunteers and members of the NIEHS Environmental Awareness Advisory Committee (EAAC), which organized the event, were on-hand to talk about hybrid, electric, and standard vehicle comparisons; encourage employees to consider reducing energy by using public transportation, cycling, and teleworking; and demonstrate recycling and composting.

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People who took the "Be the Change" challenge were entered into a drawing for a gift basket. It included a pound of coffee, a mug, a glass, and a book titled "Javatrekker." A total of 34 people at the NIEHS pledged to make a change while at work.  Some examples of the pledges people made were to print double-sided, telework, start paperless meetings, give up personal printers, and to turn off the computer monitor when leaving the desk. The winner of the gift basket was Benny Encarnacion - Congratulations!

Betsy Kennington

Kennington shows off the humble hero of the NIEHS composting program, the red wiggler worm. WikiHow has posted easy to follow directions online(http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Worm-Compost-System) Exit NIEHS. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Clyde Hasty

Clyde Hasty, above, witnessed for sustainability by entering his pledge into the "Be the Change" signup sheet on display for all to see. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

J.J. Bell-Nichols, left, and Jenn Evans

Volunteers J.J. Bell-Nichols, left, and Jenn Evans have reason to smile as they show off the first group of pledges to "Be the Change." (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Benny Encarnacion

And the proud winner of the "Be the Change" drawing was Benny Encarnacion. EAAC co-chair Paul Johnson and member Jenn Evans, who coordinated the "Be the Change" event, presented Encarnacion with his prize basket." (Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson)

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