ACUA News

April 17, 2014

ACUA’s Earth Day Celebration on April 27, 2014 Unites Citizens Around a Common Theme

South Jersey’s largest Earth Day event offers a full-day of environmental education and entertainment

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority will host the 24th annual Earth Day festival at its Environmental Park on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township on Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration will be held rain or shine.

The event includes live demonstrations, environmental-themed entertainment, workshops throughout the day and more than 150 exhibitors.

“ACUA is pleased to partner once again with Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Gas and others to put together a day-long event about the environment, said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “This year we are really focused on bringing the community together. We want people to see how they can connect at a local level to help make a global impact.”

Participating environmental organizations include: the Sierra Club, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Atlantic Audubon Society, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Jersey Fair Trade Alliance, St. Francis Avian Rehab Center, the Atlantic City Aquarium, Sustainable Jersey, Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation District, Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, Clean Ocean Action, Surfrider Foundation, the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, Defenders of Wildlife, and Conserve Wildlife Foundation.

“Atlantic City Electric is proud to support ACUA’s Earth Day event that stresses environmental protection and education on ways we can all better care for our planet,” said Charlie Wimberg, Region Vice President for Atlantic City Electric. “Working with our customers on energy conservation measures and conserving our natural resources is extremely important. Our goal is to help promote a healthy and sustainable environment.”  

“A proud supporter of this event, South Jersey Gas encourages its customers and the community to think of Earth Day as a catalyst for continuing education and action to create a more sustainable environment for all,” said Jeffrey DuBois, president of South Jersey Gas. “ACUA’s Earth Day Festival perfectly sets the tone for these initiatives and we are excited to be participating again this year.”

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

‘Colors of the Earth’ 5 K Fun Run 
For runners of all ages and levels, the fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. Run through bursts of colored cornstarch powder in this untimed event that emphasizes fun over competition.  The registration fee is $20 per person and children under five are free. Please visit www.acua.com or call 272-6911 for race details. All proceeds from the race benefit South Jersey Field of Dreams.

Free Workshops
11:00 am - Entomophagy Alexis Demitroff, Environmental Discourse on the Ingestion of Bugs League (EDIBL) 

12:00 pm - Why go native? Jesse Connor of the Southeastern Chapter of the Native Plant Society

1:00 pm - Earth-friendly Eating: A Delicious Discussion Anne Dinshah coauthor of “Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook.”

2:00 pm - Worm Composting: Cheryl Milford Learn how to raise worms and create compost!

3:00 pm - Rain Barrel Construction with Morgyn Ellis, NJ Americorps Watershed Ambassador-  Learn how easy it is to make your own rain barrel. 

Cape May County Park and Zoo Shows
Presenters will take a close look at cold-blooded creatures. Zoo shows are 12 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm in the Recycling Center.

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

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

Tour of the Wind Farm
Take a tour 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 beginning at 10 a.m. (last shuttle at 3:15 p.m.). In addition, tours of ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility and ACUA’s solar project will be available.  

Eco Hayrides
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.  

Other activities and demonstrations include:

  • Play “Are You Greener Than A 6th Grader?” with the Catawba Project;
  • Be part of a life size board game that teaches children about natural disasters with the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County;
  • Play earth friendly games with Oakcrest High School’s Student Environmental Association;
  • Meet animals from the 4-H Livestock Club, Oak Hill Alpacas, Woodford Cedar Run, Angels in the Pines Goat Farm and turtles with the Turlesinger;
  • Make a craft with The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum and Absegami High School’s Earth Shepherd’s;
  • Try your hand at carding wool or weaving fabric on a loom with Historic Cold Spring Village; and
  • Learn how to make a broom with the Jersey Jerry Broomsquire

Live Entertainment

STAGE 1 – FOOD COURT

11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 pm – Valerie Vaughn ­– Tuckerton’s talented environmental singer

12:00 – Woodford Cedar Run – raptors and reptiles presentation

12:30 – Recycle-Bowl Awards – honoring the 2013 Recycle-Bowl school participants

2:00 – Bash the Trash – making music from instruments made from recycled materials

 

STAGE 2 – PLAYGROUND
10:30 and 2:30 pm -  Karen Kamenetsky – songs with focus on the environment

11:00  and 1:30 pm - Bill Kerwood’s Magic of Recycling – combines comedy & magic to entertain
                                      motivate people to recycle to recycle

12:00 and 3:30 pm – “At the Refuge” Puppet Show – starring Tommy the bald eagle & Bunny the deer

12:30 – Bash the Trash – see above

Recycling Center

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Turtlesinger – live turtle presentations (2nd floor)

12:00 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm – Cape May Park & Zoo Shows (2nd floor) – cold-blooded creatures

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Recycling Center Tours (2nd floor) - see single-stream recycling in action

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Wetlands Institute touch tank (1st floor)

The ACUA would also like to thank additional Earth Day sponsors including: Atlantic City Jitney Association, Caesars Entertainment, Energenic, Acacia Financial Group, Inc., AtlantiCare, Home Depot, Siracusa-Kaufman Insurance Agency, Chavond-Barry Engineering, Clean Energy, County Conservation  LLC, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Galloway Township Education Association, Golder Associates, GranTurk Equipment Company, Inc., Russell Reid and Cape May County Park & Zoo.

For more information, visit www.acua.com/earthday



 
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