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Grand Forks to host Earth Day events

Posted 4/3/2012   Updated 4/3/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by 319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

4/3/2012 - GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- As millions of people around the world observe Earth Day on April 22 this year, the Air Force is challenging every member of its community to conserve natural resources, minimize waste and prevent pollution.

"I challenge all Airmen to think about pollution prevention in new way," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz. "We all need to understand that we can make a difference in managing waste so we can find cleaner, more cost-effective ways of accomplishing our mission."

When 319th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Tim Bush took command at Grand Forks, he implemented a commitment to the base's Environmental Management System policy as follows:

"The 319 ABW is committed to an environmental stewardship program that protects human health, natural resources, and enhances community relations while sustaining our military mission. We are dedicated to continued improvement of our processes to prevent pollution, reduce waste generation, and execute restoration activities. We will continue to reduce environmental impacts, ensure environmental compliance, and strive to increase efficient use of resources."

Grand Forks Air Force Base is helping members do their part by hosting multiple Earth Day events this month, to include:
  • April 18 - "Recycling and Earth Day" story time at the base library at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 23-27 - Earth Day booth set up at the Base Exchange
  • April 26 - Arbor Day & Earth Day celebration at the Youth Center gymnasium at 3:30 p.m. Activities will include the Tree City Award presentation and a North Dakota Forest Service children's workshop.

"I encourage everyone to be an Earth Day participant at work and at home every day," said Kristen Rundquist, environmental biologist with the 319th Civil Engineering Squadron. "To participate and succeed you need to get educated about your environment and programs available."

Informational links:

Air Force "Blue Acts of Green" Facebook page
Earth Day "Tips of the Day"
Talking Points



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