The 2017 Seventh Annual Edison Earth Day Celebration will be co-presented by the Township of Edison, Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team (ESJGT), Edison Clean Communities Program (ECCP) and Edison Township Environmental Commission (ETEC), and the on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The free, annual, outdoor, green/sustainable event will be staged at Papaianni Park, located at 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ 08817 (Rain Date: May 7, 2017). The Honorable Mayor Thomas Lankey has been invited to make the 2016 EEDC Opening Address, as well as comments from invited officials and dignitaries. Later in the day, Council President Michael Lombardi and Members of the Edison Municipal Council shall plant a tree on the site to commemorate Arbor Day and acknowledge Earth Day.
A number of green/sustainable Presenters, Exhibitors, Vendors and Speakers are also planned. Event activities shall include: Volunteer Plantings, Site Cleaning, Organic Debris Consolidation and many other Green/Sustainable Actions; On-Site Air/Soil/Water Environmental Testing; Eco-Tour and Ecological/Historical Discussion of Papaianni Lake; Rock Wall; Bounce Tent; Concurrent EREC Fishing Derby; MCDEH Rain Barrel Demonstration/Free Raffle; Home Composter Demonstration; Used Cooking Oil Collection; and other green/sustainable activities. Food will be available to purchase on-site. No registration fees are required for 2017 EEDC Event Staff, Volunteers, Presenters, Exhibitors or Vendors. 2017 EEDC Sponsorships are available at a graduating scale of support.
Since 2011 Edison Earth Day Celebrations have drawn approximately 8,000+ visitors and participants overall. As in the past, this year (4/23/17) 2,000+ visitors and participants are anticipated, including numerous presenters and vendors.
The 2017 EEDC Website is being updated at: www.EdisonNJ.org/earthday. Also, a QR Cube shall be added to 2017 EEDC fliers with links to event information for iPhone users. As with prior Edison Earth Day Celebrations, the event shall be video-recorded, edited and broadcasted by award-winning Edison TV to 100,000 GTV-viewing households throughout the Edison/Greater Edison area.
Edison Clean Communities Program will provide free, re-usable shopping bags to event Sponsors, Volunteers, Presenters, Vendors, Speakers and Invited Dignitaries, as well as the first 150 Event Visitors. Additionally, Volunteers will participate in assisting event Vendors and Presenters with Set-Ups and Break-Downs, as well as Clearing and Cleaning the Site before and after the 2017 EEDC. A VIP Tent with free refreshments for 2017 EEDC Sponsors, Event Staff, Volunteers and Invited Dignitaries will also be available.
Participants and visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable foods for the Hands of Hope for the Community Food Pantry. HOHFTCFP Representatives shall be present to accept food donations.
Ample parking will be available for event participants and visitors. For more information as to event attendance, Volunteer/Vendor/Presenter participation and/or Sponsorship, please contact Chris Mazauskas, Resource Development Officer, Dept. of Administration at 732-248-7356 (Office Telephone), 732-287-6679 (Office Fax) and/or firstname.lastname@example.org (E-mail).
Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970, with the participation of over 20 million people. It was created by him in response to widespread environmental degradation. While the first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes (the original, National Coordinator, during 1970), took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year by more than 500 million people. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.