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Dutchess County to Host 2024 Earth Day Event
Public invited to day of family fun, educational opportunities in Poughkeepsie

Published: 4/1/2024

Poughkeepsie, NY … The Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste and the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns will host its annual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Vassar Barns, 50 Vassar Farm Lane in Poughkeepsie. This free event, open to the public, will offer environmental education, interactive activities and community engagement.

Dutchess County’s annual Earth Day event brings attention to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Residents of all ages are invited to participate and learn about ways to reduce waste, conserve resources and protect the environment for future generations.

County Executive Sue Serino said, “Our children will inherit the environment we leave them, and Dutchess County’s annual Earth Day event is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to learn how to preserve our planet. I encourage all to attend this important event and help make our community more environmentally friendly, keeping Dutchess County green for future generations.”

Attendees will enjoy a variety of activities and attractions, including:

  • Fun, family-centric activities for children, including how to create a bird feeder and plant seeds;
  • Interactive presentations about composting, recycling and waste-reduction techniques;
  • Educational exhibits showcasing innovative environmental initiatives and local sustainability efforts, including organics, electric vehicles, natural resources and watersheds;
  • Ecosystem education, including information about pollinators, invasive species, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife;
  • Demonstrations highlighting gardening best practices and seed giveaways; and
  • Informational presenters from local environmental organizations, businesses and government agencies.

A full list of Earth Day event participants is available online.

Kerry Russell, Deputy Commissioner for the County’s Division of Solid Waste Management, said, “In Dutchess County, we believe by coming together as a community, we can make a significant impact on the health and well-being of our planet. Our yearly Earth Day event serves as a reminder of the importance of individual and collective actions in preserving and protecting our environment."

As part of her 2024 State of the County Address earlier this month, County Executive Serino reiterated Dutchess County’s commitment to the environment, ensuring local children grow up with clean air and clean water. Last month, the County unveiled its Natural Resources Inventory website and Environmental Mapper application to help guide land-use decisions and natural resource protection.

Dutchess County will apply later this year for Silver Certification under New York State’s Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program, a statewide network of communities with common environmental goals, including increased energy efficiency, increased use of renewable energy, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Dutchess County is one of 11 counties to have already earned its Bronze CSC certification. 

Additional information about Dutchess County’s environmental and sustainability efforts is available on the Division of Solid Waste Management’s webpage.