Earth Day

Performing missions at sea, on land, and in the skies daily around the globe, the Navy is a constant presence in the environment. To emphasize stewardship on all fronts, Navy and Marine Corps commands worldwide celebrate Earth Day on 22 April and host events throughout April and May. Protecting the environment and using energy wisely helps us perform our mission more effectively.

Earth Day events are an opportunity to build relationships across command departments, with sister services and government agencies, and with the local communities where we live and work. Naval commands have hosted Earth Day fairs, recycling contests, 5K runs, beach and neighborhood trash pickups, base nature tours, and environmental education programs for Earth Day over the past four decades.  Energy saving actions, such as swapping out incandescent light bulbs for high-efficiency compact florescent bulbs, insulating around doors and windows, and seeking other creative means to conserve energy are also practical ideas that match the spirit of Earth Day, make us more sustainable, and ultimately support the mission.

Earth Day Materials

Earth Day Planning Guide
This document describes the history of Earth Day, lists ideas for Earth Day activities and promotion, and explains how to receive free materials for your event.

Navy Earth Day Infographic
Celebrate the history of Earth Day and the Navy’s environmental efforts and policies throughout the years.

Additional Earth Day resources are available on the Environmental Guidance and Documents
page.