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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2011
1:30 p.m.

CON EDISON: GO GREEN EARTH DAY AND EVERY DAY

NEW YORK – Con Edison is supporting an array of Earth Day activities around the company's service area in New York City and Westchester and urges all New Yorkers to join in one or more of the many activities, including:

IN MANHATTAN

Sunday, April 17, 11a.m.-2 p.m.
YM & YMHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 212 569-6200 ext. 248
Earth Week Extravaganza

  • Learn how to save energy and money
  • Discover simple things you can do in your home to go green
  • Recycle unwanted clothing

Sunday, April 17, 11a.m.-4 p.m.
The Earth Institute at Columbia University, 212 854-6709
No Impact Week - The Blossoming
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Plaza
This kick-off will feature a collaborative art project, local-environmental-issue energy consumption awareness, and a chance to decorate an Earth Week t-shirt.

Thursday, April 21 - Saturday, April 23, Noon - 7 p.m.
New York Earth Fair Indoors at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal
Exhibits, film screenings and entertainment.

Friday, April 22, 10a.m. - 3 p.m.
Planting the Seeds
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Pupin Plaza
Educational gardening workshops with a focus on sustainable food and other activities. 

Friday, April 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Earth Day Performance: The Great Immensity
CUNY Graduate Center, Martin E. Segal Theater, 365 Fifth Avenue
Excerpts performed from The Great Immensity, a work in progress on climate change, deforestation and extinction, followed by a discussion on those issues. 

Saturday, April 23, Noon
Earth Day Celebration at Carver Garden, 646 524-7627
Carver Garden, E. 124th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
Nourishing Kitchens, an East Harlem food program is hosting an Earth Day event at Carver Garden with free produce and seeds, a local food demo, and a kids’ corner.

IN VARIOUS BOROUGHS, sponsored by The Lower East Side Ecology Center,
212 477-4022:
Free electronic waste recycling events, in celebration of Earth Day and the start of the State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act:

  • Sunday, April 17: Van Cortlandt Park (Broadway between Manhattan College Parkway & Post Road, Bronx)
  • Saturday, April 30: PS 29 Schoolyard (Baltic Street between Henry & Clinton Streets, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)
  • Saturday, April 30: Sunnyside Community Services (39th Street between Queens Boulevard & 43rd Avenue, Sunnyside, Queens)

IN BROOKLYN

Saturday April 16 through Saturday April 23
Earth Day Celebration at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 718 735-4400:
The Celebrate Earth! Festival offers museum visitors the opportunity to connect with environmental organizations that can help them live healthier and more sustainable lives. The museum also encourages children to develop an understanding and respect for themselves and others by exploring different cultures, the arts, and the sciences. Admission $7.50 for ages 1 and up. Come for an Easter Egg Hunt on the 23rd.

IN QUEENS

Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park, 718 956-1819
Ninth Annual Kite Making Workshop at Socrates Sculpture Park
(Rain or Shine)
FREE

IN STATEN ISLAND

Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.
Greenbelt Conservancy, 718 351-3450
The Greenbelt Conservancy needs your help sprucing up the grounds along the walkway between the Greenbelt Recreation Center and the Greenbelt Nature Center. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit available. Registration required.

Tuesday, April 19, 1-3 p.m.
Greenbelt Conservancy, Magnificent Nature Mandalas, 718-351-3450
For children 6 and up with an adult chaperone, a program to create mosaics using both natural and man-made materials, from seeds and leaves to reused Mylar packaging, as well as reusable and recyclable materials brought from home.  Greenbelt Conservancy members: $4.00; $6 for non-members. Registration and pre-payment required.  E-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org

Thursday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.- noon
Second Hand Cool Crafts, Greenbelt Conservancy, 718 351-3450
Transform Mylar balloons into bike streamers and make musical instruments out of cardboard tubes, empty bottles, and other ordinary household containers; start your own jugtime band. Bring clean containers for reuse. Ages 6 and up with adult chaperone. $6 non-members / $4 members. Registration and pre-payment required. 

Friday, April 22, 11 a.m.
Earth Day Hike at High Rock Park
Join the Greenbelt Educators for a moderate 90-minute hike through a beautiful forest, a cornerstone of the environmental conservation and education movement. Ages 8 and up.  Free program.  Registration required.  Call 718 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Friday, April 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 718 448-2500
Learn how to positively impact the environment, and discover the fun and ease of composting in your own backyard.

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Annual Plant Sale, Orchid Show & Tree Give Away
Public Plant Sale - Million Trees NYC "Free Tree Giveaway" - East Parking Lot; Staten Island Orchid Society's Annual Show and Sale - Building P - 1st floor; NYC Compost Classes - White Garden (behind the greenhouse 11a.m. & 2 p.m.)

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Staten Island Zoo Earth Fair
Join the Zoo’s Botanist for a tour. Learn about the various plant species on the zoo’s grounds.  Stop by an education station; learn about composting in your own home! 

Monday, April 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Dinosaurs and More
Join dinosaur enthusiast Richie Mirissis for a presentation of amazing fossils, three-dimensional models and memorabilia.  Make a clay fossil mold with help from knowledgeable volunteers. Free with regular admission. (Subject to cancellation)

IN THE BRONX

Thursday, April 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Earth Day Event at Bronx Community College, 646-379-7670, organized by the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition.

Saturday, April 16, Noon-4 p.m.
South Bronx Earth Fest, 212 788-7964
4th Annual Earth Day “GetGreen” South Bronx Earth Fest @ St. Mary’s Park (St. Ann’s Ave & E. 146th St.)

Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo, 718 220-5100
Join the Bronx Zoo in the 3rd annual Run for the Wild (5K run) to raise awareness about the impact of climate change; join in awareness programs afterwards.

IN WESTCHESTER

Sunday April 17, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Earth Day Westchester 2011, 914 813-5400
Walk, bike, take Metro North or carpool to Earth Day Westchester 2011 for a celebration of green, sustainable living, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

Saturday April 23, 1- 3:30 p.m.
Greenburgh Nature Center Earth Day Celebration, 914 813-1280
Help spruce up the grounds, prepare garden beds, clear trails, and more! Learn about sustainable practices from the naturalist staff. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale.

Saturday April 30, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Muriel H. Morabito Community Center, 914 734-1002
Stop & swap compost bins & rain barrels, free gifts, and e-waste drop-off.

Saturday April 30, 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
4th Annual Sustainability & Wellness Fair
John Jay High School, Rte 124 Cross River - Free

Saturday April 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Volunteer Landscape Day, 845 424-3812
Volunteers of all skill levels are welcomed! This will be held rain or shine, lunch served. Manitoga Rte 9D, Garrison.

Friday April 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Earth Day Decoupage for ages 7-12, 914 834-2281
Bring left over glass and plastic containers to the library and use old magazines to turn them into useful works of art. - Larchmont Library - 121 Larchmont Ave.

Con Edison’s energy efficiency programs offer energy-saving opportunities for residential and business customers, including $50, low-cost home energy surveys and free small business energy surveys to recommend ways to save energy and money. Check in with the company’s “Green Team” at 1-877 870-6118.

As part of Earth Day celebrations, Con Edison is reiterating a few simple steps that each of us can take to help conserve energy and resources:

  • Pay your Con Edison bill online and help plant trees by registering for the e*bill program. Visit www.conEd.com/ebill to learn how to enroll.
  • Your cell phone only takes a couple of hours to charge, so don't leave it plugged in overnight.
  • Kill “vampire power:” Turn off computers, monitors and printers when not in use.
  • As the days get hotter, close curtains to block out the sun and keep cool.
  • Drive off as soon as you start your car's engine. Modern engines don't need much time to warm up, so idling creates unnecessary pollution and mechanical wear.
  • Choose ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances, which use 10 to 50 percent less electricity than standard models. A list of ENERGY STAR products is available at http://www.energystar.gov. For more energy-saving tips for homes and businesses - as well as links to information about renewable energy and green power - visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com, at our green site, www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen, or find us on Facebook at Power of Green.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $36 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. is a Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) company. The global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked Consolidated Edison, Inc. #1 among all S&P 500 companies in its 2010 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, as well as # 1 among utilities in the CDP’s new Carbon Performance Leadership Index. Consolidated Edison, Inc. also has been recognized for its environmental performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.


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