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MEDIA ADVISORY: April 5, 2012

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~Earth Day 2012 Events Focus on Promoting Environmental Education ~


Students, teachers and parents partake in educational activities on Earth Day

at the Capitol in 2011.


TALLAHASSEE Governor Rick Scott issued a proclamation celebrating April 22 as Earth Day 2012 and to celebrate, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is holding events statewide throughout the month of April.
Celebrated worldwide, Earth Day encourages people of all ages to protect and preserve the planet’s natural resources.
Earth Day at the Capitol
April 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Capitol Courtyard
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
DEP’s Office of Environmental Education is hosting Earth Day at the Capitol. The theme for this year’s event is Green Schools: Creating Healthy, Efficient and Productive Learning Environments. The celebration at the Capitol recognizes the important role students and educators play in environmental protection.
Hands-on educational booths and activities will be featured throughout the day, as well as a collection event where Easy As One staff will collect plastic bags and old cell phones. Speakers throughout the ceremony include DEP Deputy Secretary of Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration Greg Munson, DOH Interim Surgeon General Dr. Harris and Florida Power & Light Co. Vice President for State Governmental Affairs Mike Sole.
Events by region include:

Northwest Florida

District-wide Plastic Bag Recycling Competition
April 16- April 20
Northwest District Offices
Throughout the week of April 16, Northwest District Offices in Panama City, Pensacola and Tallahassee will hold a plastic bag collection in honor of Earth Day. Bags will be taken to local grocery stores for recycling.
Earth Day Events at Escambia and Santa Rosa County Elementary Schools
Students will receive activity sheets and learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Students and classes that bring in the most plastic bags for collection will receive certificates, Florida State Park passes and reusable totes.
April 3 - April 12
Bagdad Elementary
4512 Forsyth St.
Milton, FL 32583
April 26 - May 4
Oak Crest Elementary
1820 N. Hollywood Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32505
April 26 - May 4
R.C. Lipscomb Elementary
10200 Ashton Brosnaham Rd.
Pensacola, FL 32534
April 26 - May 4
A.K. Sutter Elementary
501 Pickens Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32503
Earth Day Pensacola
April 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Bayview Park
2000 E. Lloyd St.
Pensacola, FL 32503
Staff from DEP’s Ecosystem Restoration Section will educate the public about oyster and seagrass restoration.
Earth Day in Bay County
April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
McKenzie Park
144 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, FL 32401
Panama City Brach Office Staff will have brochures about the Clean Marina Program, Easy As One and other DEP programs. Florida State Park passes will be given away to a few lucky Earth Day participants.
Earth Day/Apalachicola Antique Boat Show
April 21 - April 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Apalachicola Bay
Chamber of Commerce
122 Commerce Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
DEP staff will provide information about the Clean Marina Program, Easy As One recycling and other green initiatives. Staff will hand out Clean Marina brochures, Easy As One brochures and outreach brochures.  Florida State Park Passes will also be given away to participants.

Northeast Florida

Party for the Planet
April 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville, FL  32218
DEP will be on hand to provide recycling and green cleaning tips to attendees. Staff will distribute Easy As One conservation kits and Florida State Park passes.
22nd Annual Earth Day and Ecology Fair
April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jacksonville Landing
1 Independent Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
DEP will be on hand to provide recycling and green cleaning tips to attendees. Staff will distribute Easy As One conservation kits and Florida State Park passes.
Earth Day at Oak Hill Elementary
April 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oak Hill Elementary School
6910 Daughtry Blvd. S.
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Students are rewarded with a tote bag for bringing more than 20 plastic bags, or a Florida State Park pass for bringing one cell phone or two cell phone chargers.
Earth Day at Westview K-8
May 11, 2012, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Westview K-8 School
5270 Connie Jean Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Elementary students will have the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day by recycling plastic bags, cell phones and cell phone chargers.

Central Florida

Girl Scouts Discover the World – 100th Anniversary Celebration
April 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Vanguard High School
7 NW 28th St
Ocala, FL 34475
DEP will host a booth highlighting water quality/macroinvertebrates and focusing on what scouts can do to help water quality. Over 1500 girl scouts and their families are expected to attend.
Earth Day at Oviedo
April 17, 10:15 a.m. – noon
Oviedo High School
601 King St
Oviedo, FL 32765
District staff will be visiting classrooms and teaching students about water conservation and the specific water conservation issues Floridians are facing today.
Smart City Earth Day
April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Smart City
3100 Bonnet Creek Rd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
District staff will be manning a booth for employees of Smart City with Easy as One ideas and brochures along with other relevant environmental information. Park passes and microfiber cloths will be given away as well as a few Easy as One conservation kits.
Disney Reservation Center’s Environmental Expo
April 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Disney Reservation Center
District staff will be manning a booth at which cell phones will be collected for recycling/donation and Easy as One information will be provided to employees. Park passes will be given to those donating cell phones.  
Environmental Day
May 4, 9:15 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Lawton Chiles Middle School
1240 Sanctuary Dr
Oviedo, FL 32766
DEP will host a booth highlighting water quality/macroinvertebrates and focusing on what students and teachers can do to help water quality. Park passes will be handed out to students who participate in a question-and-answer session.

Southwest Florida

Earth Day at Hillsborough Community College
April 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus
4001 West Tampa Bay Boulevard  
Tampa, FL 33614
The Southwest District Office will host a collection event for plastic bags. Participants will receive park passes for bringing bags.
Paper Recycling Competition
April 20
Pinellas County Schools are participating in the Southwest District’s Paper Recycling Competition in honor of Earth Day 2012. State Park passes will be awarded to the winning school, which will be selected by April 15 and awarded on April 20. For more information, contact Ana Gibbs at 813.632.7600 ext. 475.

Southeast Florida 

Florida Green School Network, Launch of Green School Guide with Miami-Dade Schools and Tree Planting
April 10, 1 p.m.
Sweetwater Elementary School
10655 Southwest 4th Street
Miami, FL 33174
The Florida Green School Network will present their Florida Green School Guide for Green Schools. Miami-Dade schools will plant trees in honor of Earth Day and collect plastic bags. Artist Xavier Cortada, Reclamation Project, will be present at the plantings. FP&L Director of Community Relations and Public Affairs James Ratchford will speak at ceremony.

South Florida

Conservancy of SW FL Earth Day Festival
April 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
1450 Merrihue Drive
Naples, FL 34102
Kids will enjoy a carnival, family programs, environmental exhibits, food, crafts and other surprises. DEP staff will talk to visitors about the Green School Network and the activities involved.  Plastic bags will be collected at the event, and in return families will receive a State Park pass. There will also have information on the Collier County L.I.F.E. (Learning In Florida Environment) program currently in place in Collier County.  There will be DEP informational handouts and brochures.
Earth Day Celebration Bahia Honda State Park
April 14, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy.
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
This celebration will feature several fun activities, such as paint-your-own wall hanging, a puppet show and a sand sculpture-building contest. 
Can Economic Growth and Florida Environment Coexist Panel
April 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University
1500 Eagle Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33965
DEP’s South District Director Jon Iglehart will host a mid-day tour of the FGCU Solar Fields.
Low Impact Development Workshop
April 20, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
East Port Environmental Campus
25550 Harborview Rd
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
DEP South District Director Jon Iglehart will be the keynote speaker at the workshop’s luncheon. Featuring Larry Coffman, President of Stormwater Services  
11th Annual Earth Day Festival
April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Koreshan State Historic Site
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928
DEP will be providing families with children activities, asking attendees for any ideas or local issues that we might need to know about concerning the environment. DEP will also provide free one-day park passes to people who visit the display.
Easy As One Program
April 20
Pace Center for Girls
3760 Schoolhouse Road W.
Fort Myers, FL 33916
South District Staff will talk about battery and cell phone recycling programs, and teach students how to go “green” at lunch time.  Other topics include cleaning up after our pets and talking about water quality and the importance of keeping our rivers and estuaries clean.