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Solar and sustainability fans flock to Orlando Earth Day

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ORLANDO, Florida – Earth Day might be April 22nd, but activists from the Orlando area used the weekend to help save the planet.

What you need to know

  • The 16th annual Earth Day event was held at Lake Eola Park in Orlando
  • Dozens of vendors and multiple sponsors promoted sustainability
  • An Orange County official pointed out a power plant’s transition to natural gas

The 16th annual Earth Day event was held at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on Sunday. Dozens of vendors and a number of sponsors made the event possible.

“(We) look to sustainability in the future as we switch to more sustainable energy, better ways to eat, and day in and day out an advocate for our planet,” said Vanja, board member of Central Florida Vegetarians Grbic.

Orlando and Orange Counties worked with local governments to promote green living.

“Our Stanton Energy power plant in the east of the city is being closed and converted from a coal-fired power plant to natural gas,” said Jeff Benavides, Orange County’s chief sustainability and resilience officer.

The city and county also offered programs and resources to save water and encourage people to run solar.

“We also just launched our solar collaboration for 2021. This is the eighth time we’ve hired Orange County residents to run solar to keep you informed through the process,” said Benavides.

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