April has easily become a month dedicated to increased awareness and activity in the arena of sustainability, and Earth Day is right around the corner (April 22nd). Over the next few weeks, many companies are putting together events for their employees to help engage and educate them on ways they can improve the planet. Companies like IBM, Cisco, and BASF are inviting organizations to share some of the great information they have on ways employees can help the planet. For example, SmartCommute@rtp will be providing information on ways employees can green up their commutes.
Of course, even if your company isn’t offering an event, there are still lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day, right here in RTP.
RTP Earth Day GetConnected Event
If you haven’t already heard, RTP will be hosting its very own Earth Day Celebration in conjunction with the Triangle Green Business Challenge Kickoff on April 23, from 4pm to 6:30pm at the RTP Headquarters. This event will include food, beverages, raffles, and guest speakers. (You can register here.) You’ll likely be hearing more about this event in the coming days.
RTP Electronics Recycling Day
Environment@rtp will be hosting its annual Spring Electronics Recycling Drive on Wednesday, April 25th for RTP for employees to drop off unneeded household electronics for donation and/or recycling. Visit www.environmentrtp.org/news-events/electronics-recycling-events for more information on this free event.
Books on Break Book Drive
Community Outreach@rtp will be hosting its inaugural “Books on Break” book drive for elementary students. Instead of disposing of those gently used books you have lying around, donate and allow them to be reused, the best form of recycling. Visit www.rtp.org/community for more information.
And if that’s not enough, here’s my roundup of upcoming celebratory Earth Day Events around the Triangle for the whole family:
Earth Action Day Festival– Chapel Hill
Saturday, April 14, Noon to 5pm
Southern Community Park off U.S. 15-501 near Southern Village
Live entertainment will include the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, the Sacrificial Poets, and the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory. The food pavilion is known to feature the work of local chefs prepared with methods and ingredients that respect the environment and the hands that grow. There also will be hands-on activities for adults and children.
For more information, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/earthday
Planet Earth Celebration – Raleigh
Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012
5:00 p.m. on Friday through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday – 24 hour event
The 2012 Planet Earth Celebration will be part of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ 24 hour opening celebration of the Nature Research Center – the new wing of the Museum. The museum is pleased to partner with Burt’s Bees again on this year’s Planet Earth Celebration.
For more information on this event, please visit the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ website, http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/grandopening.
Celebrate Earth Day at Marbles – Raleigh
Sunday, April 22, 9am-5pm
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Show your support for a healthy planet and join in activities that promote preserving our natural resources, including Recycled Paper Pots, Earth Volleyball and a FEAST! Science Solvers experiment. For more information, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Durham Earth Day Festival 2012
Sunday, April 22, Noon to 5pm
Durham Central Park, 201 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701
“Go Green” at Durham’s 2012 Earth Day Festival. Celebrate Durham’s sense of community, raise awareness of current local and global environmental issues, actively engage in hands-on learning activities, and celebrate our environmental success. Festival goers will participate in “green” activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!
For more information, visit www.durhamearthday.org.
Cary’s Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 2012 9am – 5pm
Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary
Cary’s Earth Day celebration has been incorporated into the annual Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Bond Park. Take part in Cary’s Earth Day celebration and find out how you can play an even larger role in preserving our natural resources and protecting the environment. Earth Day includes hands-on activities for children of all ages. This is the perfect family event to learn more about what you can do to make every day Earth Day.
For more information, visit http://www.townofcary.org/Departments/Public_Works_and_Utilities/Conservation/Earth_Day_Activities.htm.