As April 22 approaches, states are marking Earth Day with cleanups, public education campaigns, and various festivities. Here’s just a sampling:
- The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management streamed a live Facebook video highlighting the agency’s environmental protection work. One example is its Wastewater Management Boot Camp, an industry-driven training program that consists of yearlong, free training sessions on wastewater treatment plant leadership.
- The New York Department of Environmental Conservation celebrates the day with a week of statewide activities on April 16-22. Events this weekend will include recycling drives, a fishing clinic, and presentations on reducing food waste. For a full list of scheduled Earth Week events, click here.
- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host an Earth Day event at the state capitol. Teachers are encouraged to bring their students to enjoy the live bird show by the World Bird Sanctuary, craft using recycled items, and create a watershed in an interactive “augmented reality sandbox.”
- The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is offering interactive environmental education presentations for elementary school students.
- The Utah Department of Environmental Quality marked Earth Day with a blog post on “getting back to basics” and “recycling right.”
- Meanwhile, Earth Day coincides with the Washington Department of Ecology’s celebration of 10 years of recycling electronics, with more than 350 million pounds collected.