Weather Fails to Dampen Earth Day Celebration
Mother Nature joined visitors to the 10th annual Earth Day Celebration co-sponsored by GSA’s Central Office, National Capital Region, Department of the Interior and the Office of Personnel Management. It gave employees a chance to learn about environmental issues and what they can do to make a positive impact.
Under mostly cloudy skies, crowds visited the exhibitors offering information on everything from cleaning the Earth to driving a more efficient vehicle. A steady stream of employees chatted with representatives from the National Park Service, GSA’s furniture center and energy conservation teams and dozens of other federal and nonprofit booths. Organizers had even arranged for a U.S. Navy Seabees water buffalo, a water tank on a trailer, to provide drinking water instead of handing out plastic bottles of water as in years past.
It was cool and breezy until just before noon when an unpredicted rainstorm passed through, dousing everything in sight and even pelting unsuspecting visitors with small hail. After 30 minutes, the clouds moved on, and the event continued under a bright blue afternoon sky. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, GSA Acting Administrator Paul Prouty, White House acting Environmental Executive Dana Arnold and OPM Chief of Staff Liz Montoya met near the water buffalo before heading across the park to check out some of GSA fleets alternative fuel vehicles.