MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES ENVIRONMENTAL DAY WITH STUDENTS OF ELIZABETH

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE CELEBRATES ENVIRONMENTAL DAY WITH STUDENTS OF ELIZABETH 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ — May 2, 2014 - Earlier this afternoon, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr. and Councilman Carlos Torres, along with over two hundred and seventy-five (275) students at this year’s Environmental Day on Front Street. This annual event, sponsored by the City of Elizabeth and the Elizabeth River/ Arthur Kill Watershed Association, is an outdoor classroom where children can learn about educational and meaningful programs that improve the City’s environment.
 
“This event provides a dedicated day to focus our energy, raise awareness and make collective efforts toward protecting the environment,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Every single one of us plays a role in conserving natural resources and all who attended today’s event left with a much better understanding of how to accomplish this goal. I would like to thank our dedicated partners who organize this event each year, with your help we are mentoring future science and environmental leaders.”
 
Various display stations and visual exhibits such as interactive pollution displays, water quality testing, and how diesel fumes impacts the watershed were part of the program. In addition, the Army Corps biologists were on hand to explain the marine life’s characteristics and life cycles. 
 
"Dedicated staff from U.S. Senator Menendez, Rep. Sires, and the Elizabeth Mayor's Office worked closely with partnering agencies in planning this event," said Michelle Doran‐McBean, CEO of Future City, Inc. "Environmental educational exhibits during Environmental Day are tangible manifestations of a year‐round commitment to environmental education and stewardship within our watershed school consortia and integrated into the participating school's curriculum."
 
Schools throughout Elizabeth participated in today's event, including: Benedictine Academy, The Patrick School, George Washington School #1, IPrep Academy School #8, Albert Einstein School #29, Christopher Columbus School #15, Ronald Regan School #30, Dwyer Academy and Edison Academy. Partners included: the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Infineum, Phillips 66, Dupont and the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program.
 
“Growing up in Elizabethport, I have seen the environmental and physical transformation of this entire area," said Manny Grova Jr., Councilman-at-Large. "It is important that we remain conscious of the impact our decisions have on our ecosystem and do what we can to safeguard our environment from potential hazards. I encourage you all to remain active members of our community and support quality of life improvements within our neighborhoods."