Celebrate Earth Day At City Hall

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earth dayThe City of Long Beach is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness by hosting a public Earth Day Celebration at Long Beach City Hall on Friday, April 22, 2011.

The public is invited to participate in the Celebration, at the Civic Center Plaza from 11 am to 2 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is registered as an official Global Day of Conversation event by the Earth Day Network, and will showcase the City’s green initiatives and environmental programs and encourage the community to take individual actions to make every day Earth Day.

People can get information on City programs and services, including energy efficiency rebates, residential mulch delivery program, tree-planting program and lawn-to-garden rebates. Mercury-free LED light bulbs provided by SCE, as well as seed packets and vegetable seedlings from the Civic Center Garden Project, will be distributed free of charge.

The noontime program will feature Mayor Bob Foster encouraging people to participate in the Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Sustainability Coordinator Larry Rich will also give presentations.

“The Earth Day Celebration at City Hall is a great way for residents to engage with the City on sustainable programs,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “While the City of Long Beach has assumed a leadership position on many environmental initiatives, it will be the individual day-to-day actions of its residents that will transform us into an even more sustainable city.”

The first Earth Day was celebrated 41 years ago on April 22, 1970, with the goal of inspiring environmental awareness and encouraging the conservation, protection, and appreciation of our nation’s natural environment, ecosystems, and resources.

For more information about the City’s Sustainable initiatives, and to view The Earth Week 2011 Calendar of Events with dozens of free, public activities in Long Beach, visit: www.sustainablelb.com.

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