**Media Advisory** Maryland Department of the Environment to host the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge at Churchville Elementary School in Harford County

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**Media Advisory** Maryland Department of the Environment to host
the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge at Churchville Elementary School in Harford County

BALTIMORE, MD  (April 18, 2016) – In celebration of Earth Week, the Maryland Department of the Environment will host the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge at Churchville Elementary School in Harford County. The Waste-Free Challenge encourages students to avoid packing lunches that create waste that cannot be recycled or composted.

WHO:
Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive
Chad Shrodes, Harford County Councilman
Barbara Canavan, Superintendent, Harford County Public Schools
Mike Mason, Chief of Citizens Affairs and Administrative Services, Harford County Government
Cindy Mumby, Director of Governmental and Community Relations, Harford County Government
Angela Morton, Executive Director of Elementary Education, Harford County Public Schools
Andrew Cassilly, Resources Conservation Manager,  Harford County Public Schools
Audrey Vohs, Principal, Churchville Elementary School
Churchville Elementary School students

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. (Secretary Grumbles to arrive at Noon)

WHERE:  Churchville Elementary School, 2935 Level Road, Churchville, MD 21208. Media should RSVP to Jillian Lader, Communications Manager, Harford County Public Schools at: Jillian.Lader@hpcs.org. Sign-in at front office with picture identification required.

WHY:  Maryland has made significant progress in recycling during the past two decades and currently recycles at rates well exceeding the national average. However, Marylanders continue to dispose of more than half of all waste they generate. The majority of this waste is disposed in landfills. The benefits of waste-free actions include a reduction of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, conservation of energy and natural resources, creation of green jobs and protection of public health and the environment.

 

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