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Vandenberg prepares for Earth Day festivities

Earth Day event

Earth Day event

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron's environmental flight will host its annual Earth Day event outside of the Base Exchange April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is designed to pique the interest of kids and adults alike. The Earth Day party will have informational exhibits, live demonstrations, educational material, games and a barbecue lunch for $3.50 a plate.

"We are going to have a lot of great events at this year's celebration," said Steve Van Middlesworth, the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron's chief of pollution prevention. "It is a great chance for Vandenberg and the surrounding area to learn what Vandenberg is doing, and what they can be doing to protect the environment."

A 30th Security Forces Squadron Predator will demonstrate how the UAV is not only beneficial to the war fighter but also the Earth. Children 12 and under will have the opportunity to be paleontologists and dig to find dinosaurs, said Kim Turner, an Earth Day event coordinator.

As part of the Earth Day festivities, 30th CES, partnered with Santa Barbara county, will collect waste electronics from any Vandenberg or North County residents or business. The old electronics can be dropped off at East Housing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Base Exchange during the Earth Day Event.

"TV's, fax machines, cell phones, anything that has an electric circuit board can be brought in to be disposed of properly for free," Mrs. Turner said.

The Earth Day event is just one way the wing shows its dedication to protecting the 99,000 acres of government land it has been entrusted. Although Vandenberg is leading the way in energy management and environmental conservation efforts, the base is always looking for more ways to make Vandenberg's environmental footprint smaller, Mr. Van Middlesworth said.

For more information, call the 30th CES environmental flight at 605-0544.