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Check Out EPA’s Office of Research and Development Earth Month Events

Earth Day came again! Every April, EPA’s Office of Research and Development hosts and participates in events across the celebrating Earth Day. Below are a few of the ways EPA celebrated Earth Day around the country.

EPA Gulf Ecology Division Community Open House

Gulf Breeze, Florida

EPA’s lab in Gulf Breeze, Florida, held its annual Earth Day Open House and it was a huge success!  On April 19-20, 285 students from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties visited the lab, and on April 21, EPA hosted over 275 guests.  Exhibits and educational activities had something for everyone.  Children enjoyed an activity called ‘Build a Plankton,’ in which each of them learned ‘what kind of microbe’ they were.  Visitors of all ages enjoyed the coral culture lab, exhibits which included multiple life stages of toads and frogs, overviews of community-based research projects, and history of our Sabine Island location.  NOAA joined EPA at the event this year, and discussed their mission and work in the Gulf of Mexico and displayed their mobile repair shop and lab. 

A young visitor investigates the Touch Tank at EPA’s Earth Day Open House in Gulf Breeze, FL.Emma Buck investigates marine snail egg casings in the Touch Tank at EPA’s Earth Day Open House in Gulf Breeze, FL.EPA’s Nick Zielinski shows his display for Earth Day guests on the different life stages of frogs. EPA’s Nick Zielinski shows his display for Earth Day guests on the different life stages of frogs. EPA’s Cheryl Hankins and Beth Moso talk with students about the fate of plastics and other recyclable trash in the environment.EPA’s Cheryl Hankins and Beth Moso talk with students about the fate of plastics and other recyclable trash in the environment.

Durham Earth Day Festival

Durham, North Carolina

The Durham Earth Day Festival was held on April 22nd in Durham Central Park. EPA’s Research Triangle Park location had a booth with hands-on activities, run through the EPA Community Engagement & STEM Education Program. Check out some photos of the event below. To learn more, visit: 

EPA's Kelly Witter with Durham Mayor Steve Schewel.Kelly Witter, Director of EPA-RTP's Community Engagement STEM Education Program with Durham Mayor Steve Schewel in front of EPA's booth.EPA Staff with dog at booth.EPA's Cameron Clark with the booth mascot, Woody.EPA's booth at the Durham Earth Day FestivalEPA's booth in action.

EPA Western Ecology Division- Newport Beach Cleanup

Newport, Oregon

Staff from EPA's Western Ecology Division-Newport honored Earth Day 2018 by picking up litter on Nye Beach in Newport, OR.  The event was coordinated with Oregon State Parks and with SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism).  Nye Beach was selected for the cleanup because it is heavily used by residents and visitors.

Researchers from EPA clean up a beachEPA's Tom Connolly and Jim Kaldy pick up trash on Nye Beach in Newport, OR. EPA researchers clean up the beachEPA's Jody Stecher and Nate Lewis pick up trash on the beach. EPAers clean up the beachEPA's Ted DeWitt, Jim Kaldy, and Darryl Marois pick up trash on the beach. 

North Carolina Science Festival

Durham, North Carolina

Some EPA employees gave a tour of EPA's Research Triangle Park laboratory facilities as  part of the North Carolina Science Festival. 

EPAer gives a tourJim Jetter, EPA Principal Investigator, discusses household energy research on air pollutant emissions and fuel efficiency of cookstoves used around the world.EPAer gives tour of roofEPA's Matt Pait discusses how electricity generated from rooftop solar panels enters the building.EPA researcher explains how a laboratory tool works to a tourEPA researcher Dr. Sang Don Lee is explaining how the aerosolized biological contamination samples are prepared in the laboratory using a metered dose inhaler. The method was developed to generate realistic contamination conditions to test sampling and decontamination methods in preparation of a biological incident response. A station where students can write letters to the environmentAs part of the EPA booth at the Durham Earth Day Festival, kids and adults wrote letters to the environment, stating their appreciation or gratitude for all that the environment does for us. 

EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Lab Litter Cleanup

Duluth, Minnesota

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood where approximately 25 EPA staff participated in the annual Mid-Continent Ecology Lab Earth Day Litter Cleanup. A number of large trash bags were filled and some strange items were found, such as a rusted stop-sign, a large sewer pipe, deer teeth sunglasses, a garbage can, many golf balls, three beer cans from the 1960s, and lots of plastic and glass bottles, cardboard, and paper.

MED staff pick up trashEPA's Shane Poole and Victoria Kurker pick up litter. EPA staff picks up trash outsideEPA's Kathy Jensen picks up litter outside. Some of the trash picked up on earth daySome of the litter collected by EPA staff during their annual Earth Day Litter Cleanup.