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Capitol Earth Day Celebration a Hit

Michael Sole stood in the Capitol courtyard to address more than 500 people who turned out to celebrate the 40th annual Earth Day.

"Did you know, if every Florida household took an incandescent light and replaced it with an energy efficient compact fluorescent light, there would be enough energy saved to accumulate some 351 million kilowatt hours of electricity?" asked Sole, Florida Department of Environmental Protection secretary. "That could power and light all the households in the great city of Tallahassee for two and a half years.”

Sole, with the help of Gov. Charlie Crist, introduced the DEP's newest environmental education campaign "Easy As One-Ordinary Actions, Extraordinary Results," as well as two other programs: a $2.5 million Florida Energy and Climate Commission grant given to Lamar Advertising, which is installing more than 1,300 solar and wind-powered billboards in Florida and the A Bag's Life Campaign which promotes the recycling of plastic bags. The campaign's website can be found at, with a database of bag recycling locations.