MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – The local community will join McChord in celebrating Earth Day April 22 with a variety of environmentally-minded displays, tours and educational materials designed to show respect and care for our planet.
Festivities will run from from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during which organizations including the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, Nisqually Natural Resources, People for Puget Sound, U.S. Forest Service, Tagro, Tacoma Enviro Challenger, and several base agencies, will put their “green foot forward” in recognition of the national observance.
In addition, Lakewood Ford will have alternative fuel and high-mileage vehicles available for people to check out.
“We’re always excited to celebrate the fragile earth upon which all mankind is dependent with our partners in the state and local communities. For a few hours, we share experiences and knowledge, and learn from each other ways to preserve and enhance our living world,” said Michael Grenko, 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron environmental flight chief. “We are reminded that maintaining a sustainable environment ensures a healthier future for us and those after us.”
Also in recognition of Earth Day, McChord’s recycling center will offer tours to help people understand the importance of recycling and its impact on the economy.
“Recycling is part of our mission,” said Doug Skitch, who facilitates the recycling process at the center. “It’s about our future in our country.”
The center allows those who work and live at McChord to practice environmental friendliness through daily recycling and reusing. Recycled materials can be used over and over again, eliminating the need to mine or produce new materials. Last year, the center recycled more than 5,200 tons of material. Since a ton of trash is significantly more expensive to dispose of in a landfill than to recycle, McChord’s recycled tonnage equates to more than four hundred thousand dollars saved in landfill disposal fees.