Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. 
It’s a modern day mantra that actually dates back farther than you may think. It’s been more than forty years since the first Earth Day was celebrat- ed. In 1970 an activist in San Francisco, who perhaps was ahead of his time, started a grassroots effort to raise awareness about environmental issues. What a difference four decades has made. The condition of our earth has changed dramatically and the environmental movement has exploded. 
Earth Day is always recognized on April 22nd. The most common practice is to plant a new tree. There are many benefits to this. Trees clean the air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases. They provide oxygen and conserve energy. Trees also prevent water pollution by absorbing runoff. Flower- ing trees produce food for wildlife. Trees planted along the street shade the concrete, which cools the neighborhood. It also makes money sense. According to the Arbor Day Foundation trees planted around your home can increase your property value up to 15% or more. Here’s another good deal. The Arbor Day Foundation will send you ten flowering trees with each membership. 
Gardeners can make small adjustments that will go a long way to improve the environment. Start with an organic vegetable garden. Choose bush varieties. Instead of growing up, these crops grow low to the soil and will absorb more water. Conserve water. Watering first thing in the morning or late afternoon will prevent loss of water through evaporation. A drip system also helps conservation efforts. Using a rain barrel to collect rainfall from downspouts and gutters is an excellent way to save water and use on your garden, especially during periods of drought. 
An earth day observation can be the beginning of small, daily practices that become second nature. Here is a suggested list to get you started. 

1. Start carrying a reusable bag 
2. Bring a travel mug to the coffee shop 
3. Walk or bike instead of driving 
4. Install a water filter on your tap in lieu of bottled water. 
5. Use rechargeable batteries 
6. Stop using paper plates, towels, and napkins 
7. Start composting 
8. Use a smart power strip, which automatically senses when electronics aren’t being used and cuts power to avoid phantom power use 
9. Cut your time in the shower; limit it to ten minutes 
10. Carpool every chance you get 

Whether you are a budding environmentalist, a veteran, or some- one who just wants to do their small part each day, there are many wonderful resources. The University of Kentucky College of Agricul- ture has Green Tips and other environmental issues on their website.
Pick Five for the Environment is a program sponsored by the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency. Visit their website to learn how conserving water, saving energy and reducing waste can benefit our earth. The EPA also has resources for sustainability, ecosystems and green living. 
“Sustainability Gone Postal” based on a blog-series inspired by the United States Postal Service’s “Go Green” stamp collection. “Sustainability Gone Postal” describes practical, real-life tips for achieving a greener lifestyle. Each colorful chapter offers valuable insights from leading experts in ecol- ogy, environmentalism and energy efficiency.

Earth 911 promotes more ideas and less waste. If you are looking for ways to live a waste-less lifestyle, this website has a wealth of information about recycling hundreds of materials.


Tuesday, April 16 5:45-7:30 pm

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Gratz Park

FREE Educational activities and crafts designed to show appreciation for the envi- ronment. This is a family friendly event. Sponsored by Kentucky American Water! Registration is required for ALL Family Fun and Learning Nights. FREE dinner is provided to families who pre-register, and a free book is given away to every child. Only for families with children ages 3-12.

Friday, April 19, 2013 Downtown Trash Bash

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Volunteer for the 2013 Downtown Lexington Corporation’s Downtown Trash Bash. Help clean up your city in honor of Earth Day.

Families, clubs, schools, business people and everyone in between are welcome! Volunteers will receive bags and gloves to clean up the streets. Early birds will receive a free volunteer t-shirt! All the trash collected is trash saved from being washed down the storm drains and into our local rivers.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Lexington Corporation and is held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, which is coordinated locally by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

In case of rain, the Downtown Trash Bash will be held on Friday, April 26.

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