14 Replies Latest reply: Apr 12, 2012 8:08 AM by Joan Coyle RSS

How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?

Aviva Westheim

Use this discussion thread as a forum to connect with your fellow coordinators. We are very interested to hear your ideas for activities. Remember, the theme for 2012 is "Rethinking Recycling—It's Easy to Be Green!" We encourage you to ask questions and interact.

  • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
    Donivan Porterfield

    Aviva,

     

    For the Central New Mexico Local Section I’m hoping to expand the outreach we did last year at a public community event sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (www.pajaritoeec.org) in Los Alamos, NM.  Last year we used a kit of items provided by NatureWorks to show the variety of products that their Ingeo biopolymer is used in.  For this year I hope to expand the examples to include not only NatureWorks Ingeo but also Metabolix Mirel PHA biopolymer (used in Papermate Earth Write pens and pencils - www.papermate.com/Pages/biodegradeable.aspx) and DuPont Sorona biopolymer (www2.dupont.com/Sorona_Consumer/en_US/index.html).

     

    Last year we also handed out the coasters from ACS made from recycled denim and soda bottles. 

     

    Some of the several hundred attendees expressed surprise to see the "American Chemical Society" represented at an event focused on the environment.  Now that several different polymer producers have brought biopolymers to the market it is up to the consumer to make the choice that truly counts - buying the products made with those biopolymers.

     

    I would suggest for other ACS promotional items made from plastic that there be consideration to using a biopolymer in their production.

     

     

    Mr. Donivan Porterfield

    2012 Past-Chair and Councilor

    ACS Central New Mexico Local Section

  • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
    Julann Miller

    The San Diego section will participate for the 5th year in EarthFair, an Earthday event in Balboa Park. http://www.earthdayweb.org/  This organization has 400 exhibitors &70,000 attendeees displaying all topics related to Earthday.  We have a booth in the Children's area to educate the general public on how chemistry is related to their interest in the environment.  Volunteers will create an paper recycling activity using extra pocket program guides from the Spring 2012 National meeting in San Diego.  A recycled paper basket and paper beads will be shown to the children and supplies to let them create them.  Our community has Green Field Paper company, they have given us seed paper strips from their recycling paper process.  We will demonstrate paper making and display a poster on the cycle of paper. 

    Resources we find on reuse, upcyling and recycling. www.funsci.com - the life cycle of paper

    For ideas look into www.epa.gov, Earth 911 and planet pals. 

  • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
    Gabriel Balazs

    The California Local Section will continue our yearly partnership with other community groups for a combined celebration of Earth Day and John Muir's Birthday on April 21, 2012 on the grounds of the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA.  This celebration will engage hundreds of families, kids, and adults, at our section’s canopy location.  The hands-on demonstrations and activities will be consistent with the ACS Earth Day theme of “Rethinking Recycling — It’s Easy to Be Green!”  We will illustrate to the public ways in which they can be environmentally conscious by using renewable materials, and how this relates to chemistry and the roles chemists play.

    • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
      Alex Madonik

      Bryan, thanks for posting this event, which has been a great outreach opportunity for the California Section over the past several years.  This year's CCED edition of Celebrating Chemistry includes a plastic recycling activity (authored by San Joaquin Section Councilor Missy Golden) that is quite similar to the activity we've presented at numerous Family Science Nights since 1998.  Let's see what aspects can travel to the ACS canopy at the John Muir Birthday Celebration.

  • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
    Ruth Woodall

    The Nashville Section will supply the volunteers to handle the recycling portion of the Nashville Earth Day Festivalscheduled for  April 21st, 2012 at Centennial Park in Nashville, from 11am until 7pm.  Our volunteers will be called "Rubbish Wranglers"  They will be identified by T-Shirts and will man 8 recycling and compostiong stations in 2 hour shift.  Information will be given about what kinds of materials to recylce and the benefits of recycling.  The festival expects to have more than 10,000 visitors. The Nashville Section serves on the plannning committe for this festival.  We have been meeting for months to plan this event. For more information go to www.nashvilleearthday.org

  • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
    Joan Coyle

    Would you please share this on the Chemistry Ambassadors' Facebook page?  www.facebook.com/chemistryambassadors

  • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
    Sheila Kanodia

    California Section's celebration of Earth Day was posted by our chair, Dr. Bryan Balaz, sometime back in Feb. of 2012.

    It will be at John Muir Historical Site in Martinez, CA from 10 AM-4PM on 21st of April.

    Our activities will be based on this years theme "Thinking the Three R's:

    It is easy being green. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

    Please join us at the event to  learn and have fun. There will many more booths. The event also celebrates John Muir's Birthday.

  • Re: How will your Local Section participate in Earth Day in 2012?
    Sheila Kanodia

    Aviva:

    California Section's celebration of Earth Day was posted by our chair, Dr. Bryan Balaz, sometime back in Feb. of 2012.

    It will be at John Muir Historical Site in Martinez, CA from 10 AM-4PM on 21st of April.

    Our activities will be based on this years theme "Thinking the Three R's:

    It is easy being green. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

    Please join us at the event to  learn and have fun. There will many more booths. The event also celebrates John Muir's Birthday.