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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 22, 2013

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN CELEBRATES EARTH DAY



 LT. GOVERNOR BROWN CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

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LT. GOVERNOR BROWN CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

Plants Trees With Students in Prince George’s County & Baltimore City, Announces

 

Winners of Color Maryland Green Student Art Contest

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 22, 2013) - Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today celebrated Earth Day by planting trees with students from Prince George’s County and Baltimore City. He also announced the winners of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Color Maryland Green student art contest.

“Earth Day is an important opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to protecting the environment by teaching the lesson of conservation,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Whether it's our work to launch new regional transit systems, our efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay or our work with the agricultural community to improve our water quality by planting more cover crops, we're making targeted investments to grow our economy by greening Maryland."

This morning, the Lt. Governor participated in a tree planting ceremony at Potomac Landing Elementary School in Fort Washington, where he spoke to nearly 200 students about the importance of taking action to protect our environment. At the close of the ceremony, students planted a tree outside of the school and took a pledge to care for it. He also joined nearly 80 Baltimore City students from Gilmore Elementary School, Woodlawn Middle School and the SEED School to help plant more than 100 trees at Gwynns Falls Run in Baltimore County. In addition to increasing the urban tree canopy, the events worked to educate students on the importance of stewardship, and inspire a sense of ownership and respect for their community.

Lt. Governor Brown also took the opportunity to announce the winners of Color Maryland Green. DNR called upon students grades K-12 to provide original artwork and poetry inspired by their appreciation for Maryland’s natural world. The entries included photographs, oil paintings, pencil and charcoal sketches, crayon and marker drawings, poetry and video. A panel of judges chose the 11 winners, grouped by age, from more than 150 entries. The winners will receive a 2013 Maryland State Park Passport <http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/parkpass.asp

“I want to congratulate the winners and thank all of the entrants for sharing their incredible talents through these personal works of art inspired by the beauty of our great State,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “I hope Color Maryland Green will encourage even more students to get outside and become inspired by the natural wonder all around them.”

To view the 2013 Color Maryland Green winners, visit dnr.state.md.us/education/colormarylandgreen.asp<http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/colormarylandgreen.asp.  

The O’Malley-Brown Administration and DNR are encouraging every Marylander to celebrate Earth Day by planting and registering a tree this spring. Trees protect air and water quality, reduce energy costs, increase property value, and beautify neighborhoods and highways. Since 2009, citizens have planted and registered 102,089 trees in areas all across the State under the Marylanders Plant Trees <http://www.trees.maryland.gov/program. DNR is continuing to provide $25 coupons<http://www.trees.maryland.gov/coupon_page.asptoward the purchase of native trees.