TAVARES — Visitors and Lake County employees will get the opportunity to take the 2008 Earth Day Challenge when they walk into the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares, on Tuesday, April 22.
In the rotunda of the Administration Building, several computers will be set up to allow anyone who wishes the chance to sign up for the challenge and learn some environmentally friendly tips. The quick, Web-based challenge will ask participants to promise to try several initiatives that will help them live a greener and healthier lifestyle, such as replace one light bulb in their home with a compact fluorescent bulb or only running their dishwasher when it is full.
"Lake County is committed to supporting green initiatives that continuously improve our County’s overall environmental footprint,” said County Manager Cindy Hall. “In addition to the energy and water conservation efforts the County currently has in place in its buildings, encouraging our employees and residents to do the same at home will help make the entire community more sustainable.”
Lake County will also be celebrating Earth Day at several upcoming events:
• April 20 — Earth Day celebration from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PEAR Park, located at 5336 University Ave., Leesburg. The event includes a variety of activities, demonstrations and informational booths. Lake County Commissioner Debbie Stivender, who will be speaking at the event at 12:15 p.m., will be one of many presenters throughout the day. A few of the activities planned include guided bird-watching hikes, butterfly hikes, bicycle rides, planting native plants in the park's restoration area and geocaching.
• April 22 — Earth Day Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Covanta Energy waste-to-energy facility, located at 3830 Rogers Industrial Park Road, Okahumpka. The event includes public addresses from officials, tours and information about recycling, renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean technologies, biofuels, solar energy, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles.