Earth Day Celebration

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Members of Hilliard's Environmental Sustainability Commission believe that all residents of the city can play a role in helping improve the planet.

The commission will showcase opportunities for becoming more environmentally friendly at its annual Earth Day celebration set for April 25, said event coordinator Kim Movshin.

"We know that people of all ages can help make a difference. That's why we try to offer a variety of information," she said.

The celebration, which began in 2013, showcases various "green" things families implement in their daily lives, she said. A variety of community and school groups come together to demonstrate everything from using a rain barrel to conserving energy, Movshin said.

The free event will feature an environmentally friendly car show, a composting display and information about solar power. It also will offer activities and games for kids, including inflatables powered by a portable electrical generation station that incorporates solar panels and a wind turbine. Children will have a chance to plant a seed to take home. Organizers also have arranged to have on-site document shredding and electronics and plastic foam recycling.

"It's nice because there's something for kids of all ages," Movshin said. "There's a lot to learn in one location."

She encouraged children to create a poster about the importance of recycling and enter it in the Earth Day poster contest. Children must bring their entries to the event by 10:30 a.m.

The event helps make residents aware of the city's efforts to become more eco-friendly, added Pete Marsh, who chairs the commission.

"It's a way for us to reach out to the community and let them know Hilliard is taking environmental issues seriously," he said.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton