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Buds are starting or about to show here in the Southeast. Earth Day/Week is always in April; Wednesday of that week is usually the day set aside to do a special project. It’s time to think about the outdoors and a popular time to brainstorm beautification projects. Whether a team or solo project, everyone can think about sustaining the environment in some way. Ideas usually contain a block garden to beautify the neighborhood which is a wonderful idea. The theme this year could be an unusual idea such as cleaning stalls at the local zoo or police equestrian stables if living in or near a large city.

Another popular project is leaving the car in the garage and car-pool, ride a bike or walk. Many companies allow employees to work remotely during this time. In addition, planting a tree in the yard may put a gold star beside your name. The gold star would be in the personal satisfaction of a job well done.

A great idea is to join in on several activities planned in and around Atlanta, Georgia starting with EarthShare of Georgia’s 19th Annual Earth Day Party will be held at The Defoor Center on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Nestled in Westside Midtown, this unique event space bridges the gap between past and present with its rich history and upscale industrial vibe. Attendees will enjoy music, dancing and locally sourced organic foods. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on the Eco-silent auction stocked with deals on Eco-products, trips, jewelry and more. Proceeds for the evening benefit EarthShare of Georgia, Georgia’s only dedicated environmental fund. For more information click onto http://www.earthsharega.org/.

Next The City of Decatur, in partnership with the Wylde Center, will be holding its annual Decatur Earth Day Festival (DEDF) on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. at the Oakhurst Garden at the corner of Oakview and South McDonough, Decatur. This celebration of Earth Day is Pirate themed and is a fun and festive way for more than 400 members of the community to come together and participate in celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day at the city’s OFFICIAL EARTH DAY PARTY. The celebration will kick off with a pirate led parade that will go from Harmony Park to the Oakhurst Garden site, beginning at 12:30 pm. For more information click onto http://wyldecenter.org/decatur-earth-day-festival/.

Georgia Tech is holding its own celebration. The goal of Georgia Tech's Earth Day Celebration is to focus attention on the environment and increase people's awareness of the world around them. The event is free, open to the public, features over 70 exhibitors and includes eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange, live music, and organic popcorn. This is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the southeast.

They are asking for nominations for the The Earth Day Environmental Awards for Leadership and Sustainable Initiatives to celebrate individuals or groups who are making a positive environmental impact, either through an exemplary new initiative or body of work. The awards recognize individuals or groups making positive environmental impacts, whether on campus, or in the community at large. Criteria for the nominations are listed on their website at http://www.earthday.gatech.edu/leadership.html. The person or persons selected for the 2014 Environmental Leadership Award will be recognized at the Earth Day Celebration on Georgia Tech's Atlanta campus on Friday, April 18, 2014. For more information click onto http://www.earthday.gatech.edu/.

Spring into action now for Earth Day/Week 2014 and network, add or find events in and around the United States by clicking onto http://www.earthday.org.

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