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Environmental champions invited to join regional Earth Day initiative

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this April, the Bucks County Herald and Heritage Conservancy are inviting organizations, schools, businesses and municipalities in Bucks, Hunterdon and Mercer counties to become part of a regional initiative called “Earth Day 2020: Protecting Our Local Waterways.”

Described by organizers as a “collective civic action,” participating organizations hosting an activity on or near Earth Day can receive free promotion and recognition for their event, and be included in a special regional Earth Day wrap-up report to the public and key stakeholders.

As a first step, the Herald invites all Earth Day organizers to submit a description of their event to be included in the Herald’s Regional Guide to Earth Day 2020. Listings are free, and designed to promote volunteer opportunities and gain recognition for local environmental efforts.

The guide will be available on the Herald’s website, in print on April 16, and shared in social media. Submissions can be made online by the host organization at buckscountyherald.com.

In addition to being included in the guide, organizations and businesses are also invited to take a special Earth Day pledge and sign up to report back on the results of their Earth Day activities using a simple survey tool provided by Heritage Conservancy.

Linda Cacossa, chief operating officer of Heritage Conservancy explained: “We are encouraging everyone who is planning an event on or near Earth Day to be a partner in protecting our local waterways. By collecting and tabulating information on what participating organizations have accomplished, we are going to show the power of collective civic action and what we can achieve together as a community.”

More information about taking the pledge and reporting metrics from Earth Day activities can be found on Heritage Conservancy’s website, heritageconservancy.org.

The Bucks County Herald is also seeking nominations for 15 Environmental Hero Awards that will be presented to youth and adult environmental champions at a ceremony and Earth Day celebration co-hosted by Heritage Conservancy at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown on April 29. Nominations close April 13. A special Environmental Heroes publication also will be released in conjunction with the event. For nominations, visit buckscountyherald.com/hero.html.


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