Earth Day at Union Station



Thanks to everyone who participated!

Earth Day Network, and Union Station, one of the nation's premier, historic public transportation hubs and a must-see destination for every visitor to Washington DC, will again host Earth Day at Union Station in honor of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day April 22, 2014.

The event will feature interactive and educational exhibits and activities. All activities and events are free and open to all ages.

Exhibitors

Earth Right Now!

Your planet is changing. We're on it.

Like all things in life, Earth’s environment is in a constant state of flux. Components of the Earth system—including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere—are all connected, and interact in complex ways that we do not fully understand. At NASA, our goal is to study the Earth as a system and understand how both natural and human-induced changes impact Earth’s environment over time.

To find out how our planet is changing and what NASA is doing to better understand and predict these changes, come celebrate Earth Day with NASA at Union Station in Washington, DC, April 21-22, 2014. NASA’s Hyperwall and Science Gallery exhibits will be on display, and a variety of hands-on demonstrations and activities will be located in the Main Hall. On Tuesday, April 22 (official Earth Day), nearly 20 NASA scientists will reveal the “big picture” to help tell fascinating science stories about our changing planet.

Earth Day Network's Educator's Network Spreads the Word to Thousands of Teachers in Our Network!

Join Earth Day Network to celebrate Earth Day at Union Station. As the environmental non-profit co-presenter of this event, Earth Day Network aims to reach residents of Washington DC and the Northeast Corridor with educational messages about:

  • The meaning of Earth Day, observing its 44th anniversary on April 22, 2014
  • How people can observe Earth Day by making simple changes in their lives to save energy and protect the environment
  • How Union Station and the city of Washington DC have made exemplary strides in becoming more sustainable.
  • FREE GIFTS AND MORE! 

Amtrak's exhibit will educate the public about energy efficiency benefits of train travel and specifically about the new energy efficient switching technology now being introduced at Washington Union Station. Amtrak is receiving the benefit of a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant awarded through EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program to replace existing diesel engines in two switcher locomotives with GenSet engines for use at our Washington, D.C. (Ivy City) yard.  Amtrak is working in partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) on this effort.  MWCOG is the grant recipient and Amtrak is receiving the benefit of the funding.  Amtrak is providing approximately 25 percent matching funds.  The new engines will require less fuel and produce significantly less air emissions.

Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES) is one of the largest competitive providers of electricity, natural gas and green energy options to commercial and residential customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  To learn about the numerous environmental benefits of wind power and carbon offsets stop by WGES’ exhibit in the Main Hall. WGES wind power and carbon offset products have enabled customers, including Union Station, to avoid the emission of over a billion pounds of carbon dioxide every year. Since last year Union Station has been powered by 100% WGES CleanSteps WindPower for its annual electricity load of approximately 19 million kilowatt hours. This is equivalent to avoiding the consumption of more than 1,400,000 gallons of gasoline or taking more than 2,700 cars off the road for one year.

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. NOAA's weather programs touch the lives of every American. Every day, decisions are made based on NOAA weather information - from the mundane "should I pack an umbrella today?" to the most critical and potentially life-saving. With the mission to protect life and property, and enhance the United States' economy, NOAA's National Weather Service is the sole official voice of the U.S. government for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations.

The Human Rights Campaign an LGBT civil rights organization, will educate people about the human right to live in a clean, safe, non-discriminatory and healthy environment. Environmental justice is the social justice component of human rights. Environmental justice and human rights concerns are always both embedded in the broader vision for a just society, in which people live, work and play. Stop by The Human Rights Campaign exhibit for news, gifts, T-shirts and other cool stuff.

America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. Every spring and fall, individuals, organizations, and communities around the country will focus on preparedness during the America’s PrepareAthon! national day of action. For more information on America’s PrepareAthon! please visit www.ready.gov/prepare  or email PrepareAthon@fema.dhs.gov.
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Citizen Corps and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) programs both provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to serve their communities, making them better prepared and more resilient, and have proven to be an integral part of disaster preparedness and response efforts throughout the country. CERT volunteers learn basic disaster response skills and are organized into teams to assist their communities following disasters when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Volunteers also provide support to professional response agencies and help to prepare their communities before disasters. Citizen Corps Councils bring together community leaders, including representatives of volunteer organizations, to engage in planning activities so their communities can better prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters.

The Embassy of Bolivia will showcase the country’s efforts and legislation to protect Mother Earth. The government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia has recently made many advances to enshrine that protection in the law. Bolivia is implementing a radical development model based on equality and environmental sustainability – and there are lessons we can all learn. For example, they view water as a public good, not a private commodity. They rejected the privatization of urban water, and the administration became one of the first governments in the world to enshrine the right to water in its constitution. Visit the Bolivian exhibit to learn more.

   

Special thanks to Pizzeria Uno, buygreen.com, PACT and Chipotle.

On-site broadcast by The Weather Channel!