City of Springfield Environment News Releases

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Celebrate Earth Month 2016 with variety of events and activities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The local observance of the 46th Earth Day is an offering of a variety of activities. This year’s Arbor Day celebration marks the celebration of the city of Springfield’s 31st year as a Tree City, USA.

A complete schedule of events for the entire month of April is available on OzarksEnvironment.com.

What began as a one-day event has now expanded to include all of April. Activities begin April 1 and extend through April 30.

Festivals, clean-ups, displays, field trips, opportunities to volunteer, contribute, participate and just relax and have fun outdoors are included.

A few highlights of Earth Month, 2016 include: tree plantings, stream and trail clean-ups, strolls, walks, runs, Party for the Planet at the Dickerson Park Zoo, e-waste collections, pharmaceutical collections, and many, many other fun and productive activities for all ages, abilities and interests. These make up the most eventful Earth Month celebration in the Springfield area to date.

Good works and accomplishments will be celebrated at the 16th annual Choose Environmental Excellence awards luncheon at noon on April 29 at the White River Conference Center. Tickets are $15. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Barbara Lucks at 864-1906 or blucks@springfieldmo.gov.

The first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental programs soon followed – all designed to protect the natural environment where we live, work and play.

Arbor Day observances, honoring trees and their many and varied benefits, began as early as the 1800’s. Tree plantings recognizing Arbor Day Poster Contest winners will take place at several Springfield schools.

For a complete listing of Earth Day and Arbor Day activities, including volunteer opportunities, visit OzarksEnvironment.com. The events and activities list will be updated throughout the month as more information is received.

Media contact: Barbara Lucks, Sustainability Officer, Department of Environmental Services, 417-864-2005 or blucks@springfieldmo.gov. Arbor Day media contact: Casey Jo Kellner, Urban Forester, Springfield Public Works, 417-864-1135 or ckellner@springfieldmo.gov.

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