By Malissa Carroll
UMMC Green Team Member
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, and while the University of Maryland Medical Center will be hosting its own Green on Greene Street Earth Day Celebration, we want to remind you that it isn’t necessary to be a member of a large institution like UMMC to begin making a difference on this important occasion. Below you will find our top 10 family-friendly ways to celebrate this special day:
- Launch A Community Green Team. Make the decision to go green as a community. Encourage neighbors to recycle, sponsor community clean-up projects, and promote other initiatives to help your community become more eco-friendly.
- Clean Up Your Neighborhood. Gather a group of friends and neighbors to remove waste and debris and help showcase your neighborhood’s natural beauty.
- Support Local Farmers’ Markets. Purchase food from a local Farmers’ Market — including ours — and help decrease the fuel consumption, greenhouse gases, air pollution and the likelihood of related diseases, including asthma, lung disease, lung cancer and heart disease associated with food travel.
- Go Green at Home. Begin recycling and reducing waste in your own home. Visit our Web site for a complete list of tips for going green at home.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Look for designated recycling bins in public, or take your paper, plastic and glass products home to be recycled. Donate your used items to charity instead of throwing them away. Turn out lights and turn off TVs, radios and computers when you leave a room.
- Walk, Bike or Take Public Transportation. Avoid using your car for one day to help save energy and reduce the amount of air pollution in the environment.
- Plant A Tree. Improve the health of your local environment by planting a tree. Trees are responsible for improving air quality, aiding in climate control and providing food and shelter for local wildlife.
- Build A Wildlife Feeder. Support native species by building feeders in your backyard and throughout the community. The Internet is full of resources promoting this kid-friendly activity.
- Visit A Nature Reserve. Go on a hike through a local park or nature reserve. Enjoy the wildlife and learn about sustainable practices that help the local environment flourish.
- Consider Composting. Composting will not only lighten your home’s trash load, it will also improve soil quality and help your spring garden thrive.
We hope you and your family will participate in some (if not all) of these activities to help us at the Medical Center celebrate Earth Day and the promise it holds for a greener future for generations to come.