albany.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- The 40th Annual Earth Day Celebration is a call to "action stations" as the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, corner of Broadway and Clinton Avenue, hosts a day designed to make the community and the world cleaner and more sustainable. The public is invited to the free event that takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, designated a Global Day of Service. About 100 Girl Scouts from the Capital Region will be on hand to accept old sneakers and cell phones for recycling. Other action stations include experts on a variety of topics including:
  • Growing and consuming local food. Everyone will plant sees for harvest.
  • Preserving and planting native species.
  • Preserving the night sky.
  • Viewing one of the best alternative energy sources (solar -- weather permitting).
  • Viewing a star show in the Henry Hudson Planetarium. The show explains how turning down lights helps animals and makes urban astronomy possible in cities.
  • Protecting our land, water and air with our individual actions.
Among the organizations participating in the event are: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Dudley Observatory, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Pine Bush Preserve Commission. "We invite people throughout the Capital Region to join us as one billion people in 100 countries take action for Earth Day 2010," said the Visitor Center's Education Coordinator Carol Ann Margolis. For more information about Earth Day at the Visitors Center, contact either Ms. Margolis at 518-434-1017 or Linda Stephen of the Girl Scouts at 518-489-8110. About the ACCVB The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/or visit http://www.albany.org/.

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CONTACT:  Kathy Quandt, Director of Operations Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau 518-434-1217 x 213, kquandt@albany.org