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the benefits of which reach far beyond convenience,” says Robert T. Behunin, Ph.D., USU vice president of commer- cialization and regional development. Regarding greening travel by train, Europe is leagues ahead of America; half its trains are now electric. A new regenerative braking system being developed by Deutsche Bahn and Tog- num could turn all trains into hybrids. Its innovative drive system converts the kinetic energy produced during braking into usable electrical energy, reducing emissions and saving up to 25 percent in fuel consumption. The first such converted hybrid train testing the technology began carrying passengers in Germany in January 2013. The International Energy Agency’s

per-kilometer basis. The experiences of urban drivers and the pioneering policies of local governments can help accelerate the transition to clean and sustainable mobility.”

2012 EV City Casebook reports that, “Electric vehicles represent one of the most promising technology path- ways for cutting oil use and CO2

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ost kids don’t have a clue what wilderness means,” observes Robin Sny- der, chief of visitor services at New River Gorge National River, in West Virginia. “Many haven’t been exposed to basic outdoor nature activities.” That’s why the National Park Service annually sponsors more than 57,000

local school and park programs across the country, reaching 2.9 million students each year. More than 810,000 children also are participating in its Junior Ranger program. Many programs reflect First Lady Michelle Obama’s child wellness initia- tive, with the appropriate twist, “Let’s move outside.” This year’s National Park Week, from April 20 to 28, centered on Earth Day, will offer free weekday admission to all 398 national parks from April 22 to 26, adding 134 more historic sites, preserves, recreation areas and other sites to the usual 264 with no entrance fee. Earth Day’s 43rd anniversary celebrations throughout America and worldwide will encourage everyone to join in the next “billion acts of green,” aligned with the theme: The Face of Climate Change. “In the face of unprecedented occurrences of extreme weather, loss of species and pol- lution, it is clear that climate change is affecting our planet. We cannot afford to wait any longer to act,” advises the Earth Day Network, which posts many ideas for participating at Find local park activities by state at nps.

gov/findapark/event-search.htm or check a park’s website for upcoming programs. Follow- ing are other leading local events that will help citizens of all ages answer the call to go green.


GREEN FESTIVAL Javits Center North April 20-21

The largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping, networking and having fun, packed with locally and nationally acclaimed social and environmental


leaders, experts, celebrities, advocates and cul- tural icons. Featuring an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; Natural Awakenings Maga- zine, the Sierra Club Green Cinema; eco-fashion exhibits; hands-on DIY workshops; live music; an organic beer & wine garden; inspiring key- note presentations and, a nationally renowned Green Marketplace featuring products and ser- vices from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses & organizations.

EARTH DAY NEW YORK Grand Central Station April 20 - 22

Vanderbilt Hall 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Three days of Earth Day activities inside Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall.

Live performances,

kids’ activities, sustainability talks, and interac- tive displays by partner organizations. .

EARTH DAY NEW YORK Union Square April 21

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Annual outdoor Earth Day event now at Union Square. Live performances, green-vehicle run- way and exhibition, and exhibits and displays by local and national environmental organizations, local businesses, and corporate partners.

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