Earth Day 2017 Wrap-up
Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations, Janet Bienen!
Webinar: Closing the Gap in Environmental Literacy
Hosted by the Security and Sustainability Forum and sponsored by Cadmus and CSRA
Listen to our April 27 webinar, “Closing the Environmental Literacy Gap” to learn how policy makers and educators are creating a more environmentally-literate population. Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has a comprehensive discussion on our nation’s environmental literacy gap:
- what is the current gap
- why it is relevant to our future (including environmental implications and security, economic, and social significance)
- what are disparities within the gap itself
- what are effective ways to close the gap
Of interest to: students and educators, policy makers and public officials, environmental and conservation organizations, and professionals working in the environment or energy sectors.
Eco Action Checklist
Going green is easier than you think. There are lots of little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and be less harmful to the earth. In the spirit of Earth Day, we’ve compiled a list of actions your can take to reduce your impact.
2017 Green Earth Book Award Winners Announced
On Earth Day, we announced winners of our annual award are chosen each year by a panel of judges representing environmental and educational organizations in private industry, associations, and governmental natural resource agencies, as well as college professors and elementary school teachers. We’re honored to recognize the authors and illustrators who inspire our youth to be responsible stewards.
Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival
This Earth Day we were also proud to participate in this year’s Festival in celebration of our dear friend, Dr. Ernie Bond. We:
- Donated 300+ books to the City of Salisbury programs that focus on promoting, celebrating and inspiring children and adults to read
- Announced the winners of the 2017 Green Earth Book Award recognized
- Hosted an environmental panel with past Green Earth Book Award-winners, Shelley Rotner, Karen Romano Young and Ali Benjamin
Plant for the Planet Trail Event
The rain didn’t dampen everyone’s spirits! We had some dedicated souls come out for the Earth Day Planting at the trail! The Nature Generation hosted a Earth Day planting at the Trail and got 60 plants into the ground at the pollinator meadow. A student from Culbert Elementary who had been on a field trip to the trail last Earth Day came with her mom, and they happily planted for the pollinators. They were joined by Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser, Purcellville Town Council Members Chris Bledsoe and Karen Jimmerson, volunteers Gina Faber, Nancy Reaves, Mark Ware, and Nathan Ware, Amy Marasco–our president and founder, and our Teach Green Program Director Amie Ware. Coincidentally, three students from Loudoun Valley High School were also at the Chapman DeMary Trail to conduct water monitoring for their Capstone project, and one of these students joined us to help.
Lauren Cianciaruso, the mother of the Culbert Elementary School student, Olivia, who joined NatGen said that there was no other place her daughter would rather be on Earth Day. “She loves to plant. She’s a nature girl.” Olivia won the door prize from Watermark Woods, which was a gift certificate to the native plant nursery along with a garden decoration so she’ll be able to get lots of plants for her garden at home.
Thank you the Dominion Foundation, Watermark Woods and Corcoran Brewing Company for supporting our Earth Day Plant for the Planet, and to all our dedicated volunteers!
People’s Climate Movement March On April 29
“We Are The Nature Generation” volunteers wearing “No Planet B” t-shirts showed their support for protecting the environment at the People’s Climate Movement march.