Well, today is Earth Day, an annual event in which every environmental organization—-or anti environmental organization for that matter—-feels compelled to send out a press release, whether they have something to say or not.
“Looking for an Earth Day trivia question likely to fool your friends?” wrote the The Consumer Aerosol Products Council.
Why no! I am not.
Not surprisingly, Mayor Adrian Fenty has also taken this day to create some quality photo opps, and launch his “Green DC Agenda,” which actually looks pretty extensive if you go by links on the webpage.
There are seven “themes” to the agenda: Homes, Schools, Neighborhoods and Community, Parks and Natural Areas, Transit and Mobility, Business, Jobs and Economic Development, City and Givernment Operations. And there are two special initiatives: “Spotlight: Anacostia River” and “Spotlight: Climate Change.” There’s a lot here. For example, D.C. Public Schools will be receiving “at least five RiverSmart School schoolyard conservation sites each fiscal year to treat stormwater” and providing their janitorial staffs with new green products and green-cleaning training—-and doing a bunch of other things.
But I’m tempted to question how many of these plans were already in place, and now are just being brought together under a bright, green online banner. But perhaps I am just being synical. In other “green” news, D.C. Greenworks will be installing 11 new green roofs on H Street.