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Earth Day Event

Post Date:04/19/2019 11:46 AM
Earth Day will be celebrated this year locally on Sunday, April 28. A family-friendly, free event named Siouxland Earth Day will take place in South Sioux City at the Delta Hotels Conference Center with indoor exhibits and outdoor activities as well as food trucks. The event will feature three main tracks for the event and outdoor activities. They are waste management and recycling, sustainable agriculture and natural resources, and renewable energy. Activities will include sidewalk chalk art, a bike safety check by the South Sioux City Police Department, and rock painting coordinated by Siouxland Rocks. A litter pick up walk will be led by Miss Earth Nebraska beginning at 1:00 pm. Vendors will be selling their goods made from recycled items and other nature-inspired works. Many items will be given away including reusable grocery bags, reusable water bottles, and a grand prize being a two-night stay in a cabin at Ponca State Park in Nebraska.

The event is sponsored by CF Industries, Siouxland Ethanol, LP Gill, and MidAmerican Energy. Many organizations will be present to share information and provide hands-on activities including the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Stone Park, and Adams Nature Preserve as well as Sioux City Parks and Recreation. The event begins at 1:00 pm and will conclude at 5:00 pm.

A schedule of speakers will run throughout the event, starting at 1:00 pm. The first hour will feature Austen Hill with Papio-Missouri Natural Resource District who will present live owls. The second hour will feature information about sustainable agriculture and natural resources with Nick DeRoos and Greg Wandrey from CF Industries presenting, as well as Graham McGaffin with The Nature Conservancy. The 2:30 pm panel will feature Melissa Campbell and Carrier Radloff, with the Sioux City Environmental Advisory Board, will share information about recycling in our communities. The 3:00 pm panel will focus on renewable energy and will include Dolf Ivener with SunCrate/Hog Power Energy, Alexcia Boggs with HoChunk, Inc., Sam Wagner with MidAmerican Energy, and Pam Miller with Siouxland Ethanol. John Hammer, with Tyson Foods, will speak about biogas reuse at the Tyson plant in Dakota City. The last panel will feature a discussion about the South Sioux City community orchard and bees, presented by Diana Kincaid and Carol Larvick with UNL Extension.

Attendees will also have the option to bring packing styrofoam they want to recycle to the event. This doesn’t include food styrofoam containers, egg cartons or packaging peanuts, but does include beady styrofoam packing material and insulation sheets.
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