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White Plains Celebrates Earth Week

The City of White Plains' reusable bag will be distributed at one of its Earth Week events April 27.
The City of White Plains' reusable bag will be distributed at one of its Earth Week events April 27. Photo Credit: City of White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains will kick off its annual Earth Week celebration Monday with mural painting and an Earth Week-themed storytime on the steps of City Hall.

Mayor Thomas Roach will announce the activities planned for the week, which include the city’s Sustain White Plains event April 27. That day, about 400 of the city’s custom designed reusable bags will be handed out to the public for free. The bag bears a logo designed by White Plains High School senior Max Crawley.

“The purpose of the bag is to encourage people to change their behavior and create new habits,” Pasquale said. “If a reusable bag is readily available to you, you are less likely to use plastic. By putting reusable bags into the hands of consumers we are hoping to foster this change.”

The 2012 Sustain White Plains celebration featured music, green exhibits, food, Double-Dutch jump-rope contests, a hula competition, the launch of the mayor's Animal Action Network, and an electric vehicle showcase.

White Plains was honored Sunday with an Earth Day recycling award by Westchester County for investing in “alternative fuels” in its Public Works fleet, including compressed natural gas, B-20 biodiesel, E-85 ethanol as well as fully electric-powered  vehicles. It was one of four municipalities to receive an award.

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