Apr 13, 2011

EPA Plans Earth Day Celebrations in D.C.

Activities and award competition provide opportunity to learn about environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be celebrating Earth Day April 16 and 17 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. With more than 40 interactive exhibits, kids and adults can have eco-fun with hands-on activities, art, music and storytelling. Visitors will learn how to protect their health and the environment in which they live.

Activities will include:

• Listen to Earth Tales: Children can listen to special EPA guests, including EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, read inspirational kid-friendly stories about the planet (Saturday only);
• Learn to Collect Forensic Evidence: See EPA criminal investigators at a mock environmental crime scene (Saturday and Sunday);
• Take the Lung Challenge: Take a deep breath to find out how much air your lungs can hold and why clean air is important (Saturday and Sunday);
• Renovate Right: Find out and learn to renovate right to avoid lead exposure (Saturday and Sunday);
• Become a Scientist: Conduct a series of simple chemistry experiments with EPA researchers and learn why understanding chemical mixtures is important for protecting the planet (Saturday and Sunday);
• Create Eco Art: Co-hosted by the Capital Hill Arts Workshop, kids can paint an earth-friendly image on a post card and mail it courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service and its new “Go Green” stamp (Saturday and Sunday); and
• Bash the Trash: Visitors can express their creativity by constructing and playing musical instruments from recycled water bottles (Sunday only).

The event also features EPA’s annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition, in which college students from across the country showcase their innovative solutions for protecting the environment. Visitors to this year’s competition can learn about a wide range of new ideas that may be environmental technologies emerging in the not-so-distant future. Teams are exploring ways to make algae into fuel, lightweight green roofs and safe drinking water in rural areas. Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are marketing the technologies in the U.S. and around the world.

The P3 event will take place April 16 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the National Mall.