This year marks the 10th anniversary of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED). The CCED 2013 theme, "Our Earth: Handle with Care!", focuses on the general topics of water, air, plants/soil, and recycling.
The Nashville Section will once again will be collaboarting with more than 150 partners and vendors to host the Nashville Earth Day Festival. Our role will be as follows: 1. Host an ACS Earth Day Booth 2. Serve as Volunteer Chair for more than 150 volunteers(members and non members) 3. Sponsor t-shirts to be given to volunteers 4. Members Serve on planning committee Other things we will be doing for the week are: Providing materials to teachers and students, museums, and other places of interest Visiting classrooms Conducting Teacher training Hosting Earth Day Celebrations on the Univerisity Campuses Hosting Science Cafes
For the Central New Mexico Local Section we are planning to continue our outreach through a public community event sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (www.pajaritoeec.org) in Los Alamos, NM. A main feature of our booth at that event is to inform the public about the variety of biopolymers that are being used in several consumer items. Examples of items we will be showing are made from NatureWorks Ingeo (www.natureworksllc.com), Metabolix Mirel PHA (used in Papermate Earth Write pens and pencils), and DuPont Sorona (www2.dupont.com/Sorona_Consumer/en_US/index.html).
Also our Local Section is likely to assist the Student Member Chapter at New Mexico Tech University (Socorro, NM) in holding an on-campus event for Earth Day.
At past such events we have handed out some of the CCED items, e.g. coasters made from recycled soda bottles, available through the ACS Online Store. I’m concerned that a number of the other CCED items don’t clearly seem to support the 12 principles of Green Chemistry (http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/greenchemistry/about/principles/WPCP_007504). For some of these items when we have used them before we have gotten questions from members of the public regarding them, e.g. what is it made of, is it made from recycled material.
San Diego Section will join the Earthfair celebration in Balboa Park Sunday April 21st. Volunteers will set up a table in the special Childrens Activity area, our 6th year at this event. The organizers have placed us on the main street, where the Childrens Earth Parade passes, when learning of our educational hands on demos. Parents take the CCED brochure to continue educating their children with the articles and activites.
All of the activities are intended to educate, entertain and inspire youth, in the spirit of Earth Day. This year, participants will learn to make paper, find out about recycling, make gift cards from recycled materials, and learn how to visit wild areas without disturbing the environment. The Children's Earth Parade marches through the Park to the Children's Area. Participants are invited to dress up as endangered species, present their favorite earth-friendly messages. Children’s Stage features youth-oriented performances throughout the day. This is the 24th year of this free event.Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors.
San Diego section will join EarthFair's 24th event in Balboa Park on Sunday April 24th. Volunteers will set up a table in the special Childrens Area. This will be our 6th year participating and the organizers put us on the main street after observing our educational hands on activities for the children. Parents take the CCED brochure to continue educating their children with our articles and activities.
The Children's Activity Area you’ll find crafts, games, face painting, storytelling, and a hands-on activities for children of all ages. Activities are intended to educate, entertain and inspire youth, in the spirit of Earth Day. This year, participants will learn to make paper, find out about recycling, make gift cards from recycled materials, and learn how to visit wild areas without disturbing the environment. Our Children’s Stage features youth-oriented performances throughout the day. The event draws up to 60,000 visitors. see www.earthfairweb.org