History of Earth Day

OpSPLASH 21 Clean-up Collects 10,000 Pounds of Shoreline Trash

EARTHPAN™ Eco-Friendly Cookware for Eco-Minded Cooks

Consumers to Start Seeing Their Homes in a Whole New Light Incandescent Bulbs Soon to Become a Thing of the Past

National PLANET Day of Service April 22, 2011

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History of Earth Day:

It was in September 1969, at a conference held in Seattle, Washington, that Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that in the coming Spring there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment. He proposed the nationwide environmental protest to thrust the environment onto the national spotlight.

"It was a gamble," Nelson recalled, "but it worked." Five months before the very first April 22 Earth Day in 1970, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the rising tide of environmental events: "Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...." Senator Nelson also hired Denis Hayes as the coordinator.

The year was 1970. Citizens of United States were trying to understand the Kent State shootings and put their arms around the birth of fiber optics. While they were listening to an album called "Bridge over Troubled Water" they were stunned by NASA’s Apollo 13 mission. American’s were mourning a rock star named Jimi Hendrix and starting to pay attention to the environment . Earth Day 1970 preparations were in high gear.

On April 22, 1970, Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in what was to become the first of many Earth Day movements. At the helm was the national coordinator, Denis Hayes. Hayes, with his young and ambitious staff organized coast-to-coast rallies while thousands of college campuses organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. It soon became clear that the varied and passionate nationwide groups that had been fighting against oil spills, factory pollution, power plants, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, wildlife extinction now had a common platform and nationwide attention.

Each year, the April 22 Earth Day marks the anniversaryof the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Biography of Earth Day Founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson:

Gaylord Nelson (1916 - 2005)

FormerWisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson's best-known achievement is the founding of Earth Day in 1970. Described by American Heritage Magazine as "one of the most remarkablehappenings in the history of democracy," Earth Day made environmental protection a major national issue. A distinguished and influential public servant, Nelson served ten years in the Wisconsin Senate, was twice elected Governor of Wisconsin, and, in 1962, began an 18-year career in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Nelson's many achievements included legislation to:

• Preserve the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail

• Mandate fuel efficiency standards in automobiles

• Control strip mining

• Ban the use of DDT

• Ban the use of 245T (agent orange)

• Create the St. Croix Wild and Scenic Riverway and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Senator Nelson also co-sponsored the National Environmental Education Act and wrote legislation to create the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission and Operation Mainstream/Green Thumb, which employed the elderly in conservation projects. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including two from the United Nations Environment Program.

Nelson became Counselor of The Wilderness Society (1981). During his 14 years of service at The Wilderness Society, Nelson worked to protect America's national forests, national parks, and other public lands. He also focused his attention on U.S. population issues and sustainability. He served as Chairman of Earth Day XXV, which was celebrated April 22, 1995. Senator Nelson was also the Founder of Earth Day Network's Earth Day 2000 Clean Energy Now! campaign.

Born on June 4, 1916, in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, he received his BA degree in 1939 from San Jose State College in California and his LLB at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1942. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II for 46 months, serving as first lieutenant during the Okinawa campaign. Returning to Madison, Wisconsin, Nelson practiced law from 1946 to 1958.

Senator Nelson died on July 3, 2005 survived by his wife, Carrie Lee, and his three children. On his last Earth Day, although frail and in declining health, he joined his grandson at a school tree-planting ceremony to mark the day. (Source: Earthday.net)



OpSPLASH 21 Clean-up Collects 10,000 Pounds of Shoreline Trash

On a sunny, breezy Saturday, March 12, 2011 Operation SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering & Save Harbors) volunteers arrived at the south end of Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport Long Island for the largest clean up of the year. In its 21st year, Long Islanders donated their morning to picking up garbage on the marshlands of the South Shore.

In just under three hours, volunteers collected 10,000 pounds of shoreline trash – enough to fill a barge 14 feet wide, 36 feet long and 8 feet deep. One of the SPLASH boats reported hauling back seven tires, four boat fenders, a ten gallon water heater and forty-six bags of trash.

Among the volunteers were the Freeport High School ROTC, John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, Cub Scouts from Merrick Pack 225, and at least 20 employees from Ridgewood Savings Bank. “Wow I never thought it could be so beautiful and yet so filthy,” shared one of the Ridgewood volunteers.

Maria and Jon Nielsen from Huntington Station participated for the first time. "This was my first SPLASH clean-up, and it was a great experience to be out on the water so early in the season in such a beautiful natural setting," said Maria Nielsen. "It was disheartening and frustrating at first to see the amount of trash caught against the scenic marshes," she continued. "But when looking at the filled barge, it was immensely gratifying to see how much good could be accomplished by a small group of volunteers in such a short amount of time."

The majority of litter collected on Saturday started out as ordinary street litter. Whether its water bottles, styrofoam or cigarette butts, it gets washed into storm drains as far as Westbury and then released into the bay. Because of daily tide changes, the trash gets caught in the marsh, natures filter, and remains there.

Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg, New York State Assemblyman, David G. McDonough as well as Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Kate Murray and Hempstead Town Councilwoman, Angie Cullin and Village of Freeport trustee Robert Kennedy were all in attendance to support the event.

Founded in Freeport in 1990, Operation SPLASH is a 1,500 member, grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of the waterways along the South Shore of Long Island. Throughout its 20 year history, SPLASH volunteers have removed almost 1,000,000 pounds of trash from the local waterways. The organization is currently working on other important projects designed to protect and preserve the fragile South Shore estuaries.

To join Operation SPLASH or to find out more about this group, www.OperationSPLASH.org



EARTHPAN™ Eco-Friendly Cookware for Eco-Minded Cooks

For the eco-minded cook who seeks durable and environmentally-friendly equipment for everyday use, Meyer Corporation, U.S.—the largest cookware company in the U.S.—offers EarthPan™ with SandFlow™ in two collections: EarthPan II and EarthPan Hard Anodized.

Prior to the development of EarthPan, home cooks searching for durable, environmentally friendly nonstick cookware had limited choices. EarthPan cookware with exclusive, eco-friendly SandFlow Nonstick is tough enough to handle the rigors of everyday use for long-lasting food release. SandFlow Nonstick is a unique material that originates from sand, and is formulated to provide excellent food release and easy cleanup. Based on industry standard lab tests, the food release performance of SandFlow Nonstick outlasts ceramic-based, eco-friendly cookware by a ratio of 3 to 1.

Designed with both the consumer and the environment in mind, EarthPan cookware has no PTFE or PFOA. In comparison to the production of traditional nonstick cookware, far fewer greenhouse gasses are used to create EarthPan. Similarly, the curing temperatures required to manufacture EarthPan are 50 percent less than temperatures reached to make ordinary nonstick pans, further lowering the new cookware's carbon footprint.

Ideal for preparing foods that call for high-heat cooking temperatures, EarthPan with SandFlow Nonstick is oven safe up to 600 degrees F, 25% higher temperatures than traditional nonstick pans. Even if overheated, there is never a danger of SandFlow Nonstick creating any toxic fumes. EarthPan cookware brings the same eco-friendly commitment to its product packaging. All packaging material and informational inserts for EarthPan are made from at least 50% recycled fiber with all materials being 100 percent recyclable.

The complete range of EarthPan cookware includes a variety of styles and silhouettes designed to appeal to a wide range of consumer preferences. The spring 2011 range of EarthPan cookware includes:

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EarthPan II with SandFlow Nonstick:

Crafted from heavy-duty aluminum, available in Espresso and Terra Cotta, the cookware is nonstick both inside and out. Oven-safe solid silicone handles provide a slip free, sturdy grip, and glass lids allow for food monitoring during the cooking process. Each piece is dishwasher safe for fast and easy clean up. The EarthPan(TM) II with SandFlow(TM) Nonstick is offered in a 10-Piece Set that includes: 1.5 Quart and 2 Quart Saucepans, 3 Quart Saute Pan, 6 Quart Stockpot, 8-inch Skillet and 10-inch Skillet. The suggested retail price is $149.99.

EarthPan Hard-Anodized with SandFlow Nonstick:

Crafted from heavy gauge, hard-anodized aluminum for maximum durability and heat retention, the cookware features a nonstick interior, glass lids and cast stainless steel handles. EarthPan(TM) Hard-Anodized with SandFlow(TM) Nonstick collection is available in a 10-Piece Set that includes: 1.5 Quart and 2 Quart Saucepans, 3 Quart Saute Pan, 8 Quart Stockpot, 8-inch Skillet and 10-inch Skillet. The suggested retail price is $169.99.

EarthPan is a division of the Farberware Cookware Division of Meyer Corporation U.S. SandFlow(TM) is a registered trademark and its technology exclusive to EarthPan. For further information on EarthPan cookware, consumers are encouraged to call its toll-free number, 1-800-214-8369.



Consumers to Start Seeing Their Homes in a Whole New Light Incandescent Bulbs Soon to Become a Thing of the Past

For more than 100 years incandescent bulbs have brought light to the darkness, illuminating homes and offices across the country. Soon however manufacturing companies will begin phasing out the incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient lighting, the result of a 2007 law signed by President George W. Bush in order to reduce energy emissions and greenhouse gases.

The law requires manufacturers to discontinue the production of traditional 100-watt bulbs and will require consumers to choose between more efficient bulbs, such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescents, and light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, which use a maximum of 72-watts. By 2012, the other incandescent bulbs, including the 40, 60, and 70-watt bulbs will also be discontinued.

The process, which has already begun in California, promises huge energy savings. “These standards will help cut our nation’s electric bill by over $10 billion a year and will save the equivalent electricity of 30 large power plants,” says Noah Horowitz, a senior scientist with the National Resources Defense Council. “That translates into a whole lot less global warming pollution being emitted.” A dramatic reduction one electrical supplier is happy to see. “The transition to more energy efficient lighting is just one example of how a universal small change – something as simple as changing a light bulb – can produce a dramatic and substantial impact on our energy consumption as a nation,” says Jeffrey Mayer, MXenergy President and CEO. “Some people may be surprised that as an energy provider we would support a move that will translate into people using less of our product. However, the issue of sustainability and energy efficiency has always been at the core of who we are as a company.”

MXenergy, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent energy providers, entered the market in 1999 with a clear commitment to sustainability and the environment. Recently achieving its third year of carbon neutrality, the company is continually looking for new ways to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption and educate the public; including the creation of MXenergy TV, an On Demand cable channel dedicated to “green” issues, education and development. MXTV can be found on Cablevision iO Channel 654 in the Northeast United States.

The 2007 law goes into effect in 2012, with the second phase beginning in 2014. Consumers will still be able to purchase smaller lights such as aquarium bulbs and yellow bug lights. A recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows the majority of Americans support the new law.



National PLANET Day of Service April 22, 2011

The nation’s lawn, landscape, and interiorscape association, the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), announced that it will hold its annual nationwide PLANET Day of Service on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

The annual PLANET Day of Service is a grassroots event that allows lawn and landscape professionals to organize volunteer projects in their communities to beautify anywhere people enjoy green spaces, such as the grounds of schools, parks, playgrounds, senior centers, shelters.

“The concept behind the PLANET Day of Service is to bring volunteers together to fill needs in each community by creating and caring for green spaces,” says PLANET President David Snodgrass, Landscape Industry Certified Manager. “Our members know how important it is for people to have parks to enjoy and gardens where children can learn about the environment.”

In the past two years of the event, PLANET members completed more than 480 projects in 43 states and in Canada, with nearly 5,000 volunteers donating more than $1,000,000 in time, material, and services.

This year’s projects continue the focus on educating the children about plants and beautifying public spaces, such as senior centers, parks and public housing projects. A few of the projects include landscaping a camp in Mississippi for mentally and physically challenged children; landscaping and irrigating an organic urban farm in Portland, Oregon, and cleaning-up and landscaping a library in Maine, a Boys and Girls Club in Massachusetts, and a youth football field in Tennessee. To see a list of projects, log on to planetdayofservice.org.

The Lead Sponsors for this year’s event are Agrium Advanced Technologies, American Profit Recovery, JOHN DEERE, PBI/Gordon Corporation, and Shindaiwa.

For more information about PLANET Day of Service, log on to planetdayofservice.org, or call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.

PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With nearly 3,500 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.