Monday, April 22, 2013

Every day is Earth Day in Ann Arbor

Huron River in Ann Arbor, MI

Earth Day is the day the world celebrates and supports environmental efforts to sustain a healthy earth. There are signs throughout Ann Arbor showing the efforts made by its residents to make Earth Day every day.

The Ann Arbor community continually works on creating new ideas to improve their friendly environmental practices. Inside schools, kids learn about recycling, growing gardens, and wind and solar energies. There are a growing number of Ann Arbor homeowners building solar roofs. Mallet Creek Library, off of Packard Rd, has a living roof with vegetation growing from it. Even the Briarwood Mall is undergoing renovation to update its energy consumption. Not to mention the many downtown Ann Arbor businesses proudly displaying signs of "Locally Made", "Buy local or Bye local", and "Think Local First". For Ann Arbor, Earth Day reminds its residents to celebrate their everyday efforts.

In Celebration of Earth Day, 

The Leslie Science Center is certainly at the head of the green initiative in environmental education for Ann Arbor families. Today the Leslie Science Center (on 1831 Traver Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105) is holding an Earth Day Festival  from Noon to 4:00 p.m. where families can

  • make crafts,
  • view a live animal presentation,
  • face paint,
  • sample solar-cooked applesauce,
  • meet the inventor of Whirlydoodles,
  • take guided hikes to learn about Ann Arbor's natural environment. 

There will also be an opportunity to recycle electronics less than three-years-old. Review the Leslie Science Center for more information.

Support the Earth and Buy Local 

16 Hands | Kerrytown in downtown Ann Arbor, MI

Take a walk to 16 Hands inside Kerrytown of downtown Ann Arbor. This eclectic store offers every day reused items transformed into beautiful works of art, jewelry, and scarves created by artists mostly from Michigan. An employee of 16 Hands states "the owner tries to buy local as much as possible". In honor of Earth Day, 16 Hands will have week-long sales.

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