‘EcoEvents’ Support Sustainability in Earth Week 2015

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The Historic Triangle is recognizing the 45th celebration of Earth Day with a slew of environmentally conscious activities.

Local governments and the College of William & Mary are sponsoring the series of “EcoEvents” to raise awareness of environmental sustainability, and to encourage eco-friendly practices in the days leading up to the April 22 holiday.

The City of Williamsburg is putting on a five day celebration of the holiday with Earth Week in the city. From April 20 through 24, residents can stop by the Williamsburg Municipal Building to pick up information and environmental swag. Visitors can also enter a drawing for a green basket filled with eco-supplies.

The recycling coordinators for the City of Williamsburg and James City and York counties are sponsoring a joint event at the Williamsburg Farmers Market. The event will teach visitors about locally sponsored environmental and sustainability programs.

Visitors will also be able to recycle plastic bags and cell phones at the event, which is scheduled for April 18 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

William & Mary is staging another Earth Day extravaganza with the help of the city. Homebrewaroo: An Earth Week Celebration will feature informational booths on sustainability, musical performances and a free vegetarian meal, while college President Taylor Reveley will put the green in “green and gold” with a reading of Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax.

The event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 in the Crim Dell Meadow on the William & Mary campus. Additional information can be found online here.

Del. Monty Mason is hosting a clean-up of College Creek April 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Those interested in volunteering for the cleanup can contact Tristan Macdonald at 757-229-9310.

The day of the holiday will be marked by a panel discussion on the local impact of rising sea levels. Featuring speakers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the National Park Service, the April 22 panel will be held at the Williamsburg Community Building. Doors open at 5 p.m. and registration is available online.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and has since grown into a global recognition of the importance of sustainable environmental practices.

 

Local Youth Spend Lent Helping Others

St. Bede youth groups collected items for charity during Lent. (Courtesy St. Bede Catholic Church)
St. Bede youth groups collected items for charity during Lent. (Courtesy St. Bede Catholic Church)

While some in the Historic Triangle were giving things up for Lent, youth groups at Saint Bede Catholic Church were giving back to their community.

Every Sunday morning in March, kindergarten through eighth-grade youth groups collected goods to donate to charity.

By the end of the 40-day Lenten season, the children had collected 271 pairs of shoes and more than $100 for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that distributes shoes and clothing to impoverished areas around the world.

The teen youth group raised more than $700 for Charity:Water, which seeks to increase global access to clean water.