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DEQ to host Earth Day at Lansing headquarters

Agency: Environmental Quality

April 10, 2012                                                                                                              12-0410


For More Information                            Tom Occhipinti, 517-373-2379,

Brad Wurfel, 517-241-7395, 


Annual day of celebration includes students, teachers, community leaders

The Michigan departments of Environmental Quality, Agriculture and Rural Development and Natural Resources are co-celebrating Earth Day 2012 on April 19 with a day-long festival of activities designed to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment.

The program is held at Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan Street in Lansing. Highlights of this year's celebration include.

Program: The Earth Day Itinerary runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring performances by school groups and bands. The Lieutenant Governor and three department directors open the celebration, interacting with students and recognizing the poster contest winners.

Exhibits: The event includes approximately 40 interactive displays, developed and presented by the three departments and by organizations joining the celebration. Displays will be staged both throughout the atrium level and outside the building under tents. An outdoor mobile classroom will focus on energy and alternative energy.

Participants: More than 1,900 students, accompanied by 400 teachers and chaperones from 32 schools across Michigan will converge on Constitution Hall, to spend a portion of their day, learning how to protect the environment. Several hundred staff children from DEQ, MDARD, and DNR are expected to join the event as we celebrate ‘Take Your Child to Work' day.  

Posters: The 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest received 4,500 posters (the largest in the history of the contest) from 150 participating Michigan schools. The 12 Earth Day Poster contest winners, as well as their families and teachers, will be recognized and awarded prizes..

A replicated set of the 12 winning posters are matted and framed. This set of posters will be mounted and displayed in Constitution Hall. A second set is provided to the winners' schools. Original posters are returned to the families.

Computer recycling. In partnership with Goodwill Industries, Earth Day has included computer recycling for state employees who wish to donate their old computer equipment. DEQ also extends this collection to the community. Trailers are stationed at the intersection of Allegan and Walnut from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trees. The Department of Natural Resources has arranged the donation of 3,000 tree seedlings to be given to Earth Day participants. An acre of trees can eliminate six tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year and produce four tons of oxygen.

Earth Day Michigan activities.  A portion of our Earth Day website includes an interactive map and listing of local Earth Day celebrations throughout Michigan.,1607,7-135-3307_3580-186672--,00.html

Teacher bags. Some 200 special bags are prepared for teachers, each containing materials appropriate to the classroom teacher.