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ACUA partners with Major Sponsors to Celebrate Annual Earth Day April 22, 2012

Atlantic City Electric and a variety of other sponsors are partnering with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority for an Earth Day celebration not to be missed! This year’s 22nd annual celebration has many exciting events in addition to traditional favorites. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 22nd at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township. The event is held rain or shine and all ages are encouraged to attend this fun and educational event.

“There are exciting sustainable environmental initiatives happening right here in Atlantic County,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “Earth Day is a great day to visit the ACUA and learn more about many of the wonderful programs and projects happening locally,” said Dovey. “There are so many ways residents can get involved, whether it’s with a community garden project, Clean Communities or recycling. We want to encourage everyone to think globally and act locally. Earth Day provides a great overview of what’s going on right here in our own backyards,” Dovey added.

“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.

“Environmental values remain the driving force for Atlantic City Electric. Working with our customers on energy conservation measures and conserving our natural resources has never been more important. We want our communities to know that our ultimate goal is a healthy, sustainable environment. Our annual participation in this great event, offers yet another opportunity to connect with our customers and show them that we walk the talk,” said Charlie Wimberg, Atlantic City Electric Region Vice President.

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

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 at 11 a.m. with Raven Ahmed of Earth First Nursery; Rain Barrels at 12 p.m. with Cara Muscio, Marine Extension Agent; Home Composting at 1 pm with Sue Scarlett , Certified Master Gardener; Community Supported Agriculture at 2 p.m. with Missie Aprill of Leaming’s Run Gardens; and EDIBL (Environmental Discourse on the Ingestion of Bugs League) at 3 p.m. with Benjamin Pratt.

Cape May Park and Zoo Shows
Ever wonder why an animal is called a mammal?  Why isn’t a dog a reptile, or a bird.  All animals are unique in their own way.  Come discover what it takes to be called “a Mammal.” 

Earth Day Wood Craft with Home Depot
Join Home Depot and make your own nature wood craft between 10 amto 2 pm (while supplies last!)

Ride on a “Green” Jitney!
All shuttle service, including shuttles to the Wind Farm in Atlantic City, will be provided by the Atlantic City Jitney Association in their new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

Tour of the Wind Farm
This is the seventh year that the public is welcome to take tours of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm. The CNG Jitneys will shuttle participants to and from the wind farm from the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township. In addition, tours of the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility ACUA’s solar project and green roof will be available.

Eco Hayrides
In addition to new events and programs, everyone’s favorites are still here to enjoy. Eco Hayride tours, a perennial favorite, take visitors to the very top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City and the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm.

Leeds Ave. School Butterfly Project
Learn from an expert educator who has traveled to the Monarch’s winter migration destination in Mexico about this beautiful native species and how we can support them right in our own yards. Students are packaging free milkweed seeds so you can grow your own plants which attract Monarch butterflies.

Live Entertainment
Event highlights for the day include: The 4H Cloggers perform their toe-tappin’, heel clickin’ show to North American folk music at 10:30 a.m., Dave Street, entertainer and educator, will have shows at 11 a.m. and 2:00 p.m, and a “Rock the Boat” show at 12 and 3 p.m., in which the musicians from Little Fish Theatre Collaborative explore the world of life beneath the seas.  Throughout the day there will also be 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 who performs songs of NJ culture, history and environment and bluegrass music in the food court by the ‘Chasing Blue’ band.  Also, don’t miss the Turtlesinger, located throughout the day in the Recycling Center. Visit this interactive program and learn about, touch and feed live turtles.

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.

Earth Day Race Opportunities
For runners of all ages and levels, two races are being held; 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:.

South Jersey Gas, Energenic, Acacia Financial Group, Inc., AtlantiCare, Atlantic City Jitney Association, Siracusa-Kaufman Insurance Agency, Clean Energy, Energy Plus, County Conservation, Hazen and Sawyer PC, Blank Rome LLP, Greeley and Hansen LLC, and Russell Reid.

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