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April 22, 2011 is the 41st celebration of Earth Day, a day set aside to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. The first Earth Day focused on the United States, but has grown over the years and is now celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.
To help celebrate, the Department of Energy is holding Earth Week festivities at our headquarters here in Washington, D.C. throughout this week. This year’s theme is “Earth Day, Every Day! Changing Behavior to Reduce DOE’s Carbon Footprint.”
Part of the celebration will include an outdoor Community Day celebration on Thursday, April 21. The event -- which will be held from 11am to 2pm at the Forrestal facility -- is open to the public and will include exhibits from our program offices, a live band, interactive displays, educational games, a UNICOR recycling center (where you can recycle personal electronic products), a farmer’s market and BBQ from the Department cafeteria. Additionally, this year’s festivities will feature exhibits from different program offices within the Department and highlight our support for clean energy and a healthy, sustainable environment. There will also be environmental films, speakers, green bag lunches, nature walks, tree plantings and interactive displays for employees.
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening the economy and protecting the environment, the Department of Energy is making investments in the clean energy technology that will power sustainable growth moving into the future. We celebrate Earth Day in honor of that commitment, and hope you’ll join us!