Clark County

Earth Day celebrations sprout all over

The forecast had called for a cool, cloudy day. But temperatures rose into the 60s Wednesday as a bright April sun shone down on Kentucky.

It was Earth Day, and it was good.

In Lexington, which has an inordinately large carbon footprint, 100 people gathered to talk with Mayor Jim Newberry about climate change. The mayor issued a list of executive orders ranging from more hybrid vehicles to environmental standards for new city buildings.

At stops in Winchester and Richmond to tout energy efficiency, first lady Jane Beshear also threw in plugs for using native plants and letting grass clippings decompose where they drop.

Rain gardens were created at Tates Creek Middle School and Mary Todd Lincoln Elementary School.

At least five bald eagles, a once-endangered species, took to the skies above Cave Run Lake to accommodate a media field trip organized by the Daniel Boone National Forest.

The 39th annual Earth Day observation got more attention than ever in Kentucky, which had traditionally been slow to accept "green" ideas.

So many things were planned in Lexington that a day couldn't hold them all.

There were community and sustainability grants on Monday and a ground-breaking to replace a polluting sewer pump station on Tuesday.

On Thursday, there will be a regional solid-waste summit and a cleanup along Cane Run Creek.

Saturday is "Green Night" at the Lexington Legends game.

It was rainy and cold early in the week, but from Earth Day on, actually being out in the green got easier.

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