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Celebrating Earth Day

Energy conservation, eco-friendly commuting, healthy homes, and sustainable living were just some of the items on the menu for the Green Living Expo and Arlington Earth Week Community Fair that took place this Earth Day at Founders Hall in the Arlington Campus of the George Mason University. The vendor hall showcased more than 50 exhibitors with a variety of planet friendly services and products. The Sunday Earth Day Celebration was sponsored by Arlingtonians for Clean Environment (ACE).

The event featured information on green lifestyles for homeowners, condo owners, apartment renters, students and families. Exhibitors covered a variety of environmental topics including energy conservation, eco-friendly transportation, solid-waste reduction, sustainable food and gardening, green home remodeling, sustainable landscaping, and healthy home products.

In addition there was an ACE of Cupcakes Contest in honor of ACE’s 35th anniversary. Contestant chefs created anniversary cupcakes in celebration of ACE’s 35 years in the community. Artistic rain barrels created through Mason’s Operation Rain Barrel, a creative project with Arlington Public Schools, engaged students in learning about environmental sustainability.

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10,000 Villages filled a table with dozens of handmade items that were available for sale at the Earth Day Celebration. 10,000 Villages is located on King Street in Alexandria. Pictured are Alicia Greenwood, Peggy Seufert and Molly Caton.

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Rain barrels created through Mason’s Operation Rain Barrel, a creative project with Arlington Public Schools, engaged students in learning about environmental sustainability.

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Girl Scouts Jessie Foster and Asmita Shah offer free reusable shopping bags to visitors at the Expo. The scouts are participating in a regional “Going Green Twinning With China” project.

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Jonathan Clegg works his legs on a bike to make enough energy to power light bulbs.