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ACUA partners with Major Sponsors to Celebrate 20th Annual Earth Day April 25, 2010

Atlantic City Electric and Energenic help raise environmental awareness

Atlantic City Electric and Energenic and a host of other sponsors are partnering with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority to put on an Earth Day celebration not to be missed! This year’s 20th annual event has many new and exciting events in addition to traditional favorites. The fun begins at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township. The event is rain or shine and all ages are encouraged to attend this fun and educational event. The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Sustainable Future.”

“Sustainability is a simple, but important idea,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “In a sustainable world, society's demand on nature is in balance with nature's capacity to meet that demand.  ACUA hopes to bring attention to this concept and our collective need to wisely utilize and conserve resources today, in order to provide for the needs of future generations. Promoting renewable sources of energy is an important step toward this goal,” Dovey said.

“Sponsors of our annual Earth Day celebration play an important role in expanding our free programs that not only entertain those who attend, but also help educate participants about the importance of protecting our environment and how easily we can all do our part,” said Dovey.

“Atlantic City Electric is privileged to serve the citizens in southern New Jersey and to partner with them by providing the necessary tools to satisfy their energy needs while minimizing the impact to our planet,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric Regional President.  “We are committed to investing in federal and state stimulus-related projects which collectively encourage new investments in utility infrastructure and energy conservation programs,” Maione said.

Each year, Earth Day features many educational and fun events. This year, in addition to the traditional favorites, the ACUA is excited to present:

NASA Mobile Science Center

Made possible by Burlington County Community College (BCC), this alternative energy-equipped mobile laboratory is sure to inspire kids of all ages with interactive activities using the BCC/NASA grant equipment.

Free Workshops

Free workshops will be held every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the amphitheater. Workshop topics will include: Native Plants, Composting, Wildlife Habitat Gardens, and Rain Barrell Construction.

Grand Falloons Earth Science Circus Show

The ACUA is pleased to present this interactive musical show by the Grand Falloons. During the 45 minute performances, the show will explore such issues as What is litter? Where does litter come from? What can we do about it? What is a closed ecosystem? What are limited resources? Why is recycling important? The Grand Falloons are veterans of the Big Apple Circus and their work has appeared on the Letterman Show and Conan O’Brien, just to name a few!

 ‘Venture Crew’ Native American Song and Dance

A performance by Venture Crew and will take place at 2 p.m. on the Harrah’s Entertainment Stage. This colorful performance by local scouts seeks to enhance knowledge of Native American culture, song and dance.

Earth Day Wood Craft with Home Depot

Join Home Depot and make your own nature wood craft between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – while supplies last!

This is the fifth year that the public is welcome to take tours of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm. Visitors can go directly to the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm in Atlantic City located at 1801 Absecon Boulevard in Atlantic City or they can come to the Egg Harbor Township location where shuttle buses will be available to take participants to and from the wind farm. In addition, tours of the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility and the state’s second largest solar project will be available.

In addition to new events and programs, everyone’s favorites are still here to enjoy. Eco-hayride tours, which are always a perennial favorite! Enjoy these tours as they wind their way up to the very top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City and the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm.

Live Entertainment

Event highlights for the day include: the Mr. R.E. Cycle magic shows (12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), guided nature and birding hikes on the park’s 1.5 mile nature trail, live animal shows with the Cape May Zoo (12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), the Franklin Institute Electricity Show and a touch tank with the Atlantic City Aquarium. Pony rides, a 4-H petting zoo, and a chance to take a picture with Supercan are also available. Live entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day and includes Valerie Vaughn and Adam Shaber. Also, don’t miss the Turtlesinger, located throughout the day on the first floor of the Recycling Center.

Part of the celebration includes exhibits by many community and environmental groups including: the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, St. Francis Avian Rehab Center, the Atlantic City Aquarium, Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation District, Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, Defenders of Wildlife, and Conserve Wildlife Foundation.

For runners of all ages and levels, two races are being sponsored by Harrah’s; a one-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 9:00 a.m. The registration fee is $15 per person and $25 for a family entry (limit six entries). Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the awarding of prizes following the finish of the 5K run. Please visit or call 272-6911 for race details. All proceeds from the race benefit the American Heart Association.

The ACUA would also like to thank additional Earth Day sponsors including:.

Acacia Financial Group, Inc., AtlantiCare, Clean Energy, Harrah’s Entertainment, Siracusa-Kaufman Insurance Agency, Thomas F. Corbett Associates LLC, CRJ Contracting Corp., Gabel Associates, Greeley and Hansen LLC, and Hazen and Sawyer.

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