Tomorrow is the 26th anniversary of Earth Day - a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciate our environment.Why was Earth Day started? Organizers wanted to respond to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, CA in 1969. Today we continue to hold reverence for our earth.
The U.S. Census Bureau shares some facts as we celebrate Earth Day-April 22, 2016:
- 26 minutes: Estimated average time workers age 16 and older across the country spent getting to work in 2014, up from 25.8 minutes in 2013.
- $1.9 billion: Estimated revenue for hazardous waste management services in 2014 for U.S. waste collection employer firms.
- 1.1%: Increase in the number of recyclable material merchant wholesalers establishments across the U.S. in 2013.
- 2.5 million: Estimated number of occupied housing unite across the country primarily heated by wood in 2014, which is 2.1% of all homes.
- 59,558: Estimated number of occupied housing united across the country using solar energy in 2014 as their primary source of heat, which is less than 1 percent of all homes.
- 91%: Estimated percent of newly-built single-family homes across the country with air conditioning in 2014.
- 5, 347: The number of employees in wind electric power generation establishments, the most among industries using renewable energy in 2012.
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day 2016?