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Related Practices
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Earth Force Public Service Project

April 23, 2007

On Monday, April 23, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. participated in an Earth Day event in conjunction with the ABA Environment Section at the Earth Force Third Annual Youth Summit. Earth Force is a nonprofit organization that engages young people in environmental and community awareness. The event involved over 100 local middle school students who convened in Belle Haven Park in Alexandria to see environmental science exhibits and share presentations on the various in-school projects each class had completed, such as studies of water quality, analysis of school trash disposal and recycling, or effects of littering.

The students were treated to a demonstration of Beveridge & Diamond's amazing "electrostatic precipitator" - a bench-scale model of the device that strips fine particulate matter (i.e. dust) out of smokestacks. The model uses a hair dryer, plastic tubes, pepper, and "chads" from 3-hole punches to demonstrate how electrostatic charges can capture pollution. The ESP was a great success according to Alex Dunn of the National Organization of Clean Water Agencies, who organized the event.

At lunch, Beveridge & Diamond Principal, Max Williamson, led a discussion with a group of Alexandria 7th graders about voluntary versus mandatory public policy measures used to address issues ranging from water quality to global warming. The students then applied the "carrot or stick" policy choice to their school project that examined the problem of littering and pet waste in a local park. When Alexandria mayor, Bill Euille, joined the discussion, the students successfully lobbied the Mayor to place more garbage cans in the park, got permission to paint trash cans brighter colors to encourage their use, and proposed that the City increase the fine for littering and failing to pick up after pets. Pretty impressive for 7th graders!

This Earth Day program complements the firm's 8 week class sessions for the Birney School 5th graders in Anacostia. We are mid-way through those classes, with classes still to go on solid waste, water quality, endangered species, international environmental problems, and a boating excursion with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

For further information, please contact David Friedland at dfriedland@bdlaw.com.