April is Earth Month, and reminds us of how green living can make a positive impact on our planet. Even small changes will make a huge difference over the long term. According to Earth-Month.org, 2016 will be the 46th anniversary, and this year Baltimore metropolitan area residents will be able to get their environmental questions answered from local exhibitors at the 8th annual GreenFest at the Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. on April 16. Also in Howard County is the 2016 20 Minute Cleanup on April 22, which is also Earth Day.
GreenFest of Howard County, a free event, brings the knowledge and resources to help residents make more sustainable choices in their everyday life. They will also be offering free paper shredding in Parking Lot F from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until the trucks are full, and Goodwill will be accepting donations. Here are a few more highlights as stated on the Howard County website:
- Grand prize raffle to win $100 gift certificates to local farms
- Local green businesses and information on sustainable products
- Native plant sale
- Children’s nature play space
- Rain Barrel workshop including 50 free barrels to give away
- Free compost bin giveaway
- Workshops and speakers
- Local farmers selling food, plants and CSA memberships
- New this year – Intro to Geocaching
What: Howard County GreenFest 2016
When: Saturday, April 16 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (rain or shine)
Where: Howard Community College in the Burrill Galleria, Columbia, Md.
The 20 Minute Cleanup is an annual Howard County spring cleaning project that’s been going on since 2010. According to the Live Green Howard website, over 9,000 people have participated and “Businesses, schools, community groups, neighbors and individuals help keep trash out of the environment”. For more information on how you can participate, visit the Live Green Howard website or contact Elissa Reineck at (410) 313-1175. You can also send an email to email@example.com.
What: The 20 Minute Cleanup
When: Earth Day – April 22, 2016
Where: In your neighborhood, business, school or community.
For more Baltimore area Earth Month events, check your local newspapers and search for Earth Day and Earth Month topics on the Baltimore Examiner website. Local community paper shredding events are also publicized on Examiner, so check back often in early Spring and Fall.
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