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    Eagle, Colorado 81631-0179 

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Eagle County to celebrate Earth Day with ribbon cutting and poster contest winners

Contact: John Gitchell, Environmental Health and Sustainability, at 970-328-8766 or environment@eaglecounty.us.

April 16, 2015 – Eagle County will celebrate Earth Day on April 21 with a variety of events taking place throughout the day.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Eagle County Board of Commissioners will adopt a resolution designating the week of April 20 - 26 as “Earth Awareness Week” to kick off their regular Tuesday meeting. Additional agenda topics include Eco-Build recommendations for grant awards that support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residents of Eagle County, and the annual review and signing of the county’s environmental policy statement. Eagle County Public Health and Environment will also present Walking Mountains Science Center with the 2015 Eagle County Public Health and Environment Champion Award.

At noon, Eagle County will celebrate the completed installation of two photovoltaic solar arrays on the Eagle County Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The arrays were installed on the south-facing roof of the Facilities Management Building, and the other atop the main Eagle County Building. The new system is expected to produce about 10 percent of the electricity needs of the main Eagle County campus, and will pay for itself in approximately 12 years.

Starting at 4 p.m., the commissioners will recognize fourth grade artists from 12 schools within the county who participated in the 25th annual Earth Day Poster Contest. The theme this year is “Actively Green for Wildlife Habitat.” The top three posters from each school will be recognized during the presentation. The overall first place poster will be framed and displayed along with the 24 winning posters from past years on the second floor of the Eagle County Building. New this year, the winning poster will also be displayed inside all ECO Transit buses.

April is also National County Government Month and the theme is “Counties Moving America Forward: The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure.” Eagle County is encouraging all residents to “Try Transit” in April by taking a ride on an ECO Transit bus. In support of Earth Awareness Week and Eagle County’s Actively Green 15 x ‘15 policy, ECO Transit will offer 15 percent off of one day passes from April 20 - 24. Eligible passes are available for purchase at the Maintenance Service Center in Gypsum or the Vail Transportation Center in Vail. Some restrictions apply. For details, visit www.eaglecounty.us/transit or call 970-328-3520.

For more information on the county’s Earth Day events, contact Eagle County Environmental Health at 970-328-8755.