Saturday, April 10, 2010

Back for 2010!

Yes, The Earth Day Groceries Project is back in 2010, to help spread environmental awareness and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!

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New stuff for 2010:
  • We are now on Twitter, at Follow along there and get the latest project updates!
  • We recently started an official Facebook Page for the project. If you're on Facebook, you can become a Fan, write/contribute to the Wall and Discussions - and upload pictures! Last year we started a "group" on Facebook, but we've since figured out the best way to have the project on Facebook is with this new official page. Please consider becoming a fan and contributing there!
  • Last but not least, the project blog location has changed. The old blog still contains all the old material, but please update your rss feed or link, to
Happy Earth Day!
Mark Ahlness
project founder

Saturday, April 03, 2010

This blog has moved

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Flickr slideshow!

If you can put your pictures on Flickr, and add them to the Earth Day Groceries Project Group, they'll appear in this slideshow:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Award Certificate Ready

The award certificate for 2009 is now ready - so sorry for the delay. It's also available as a pdf file:

Friday, April 03, 2009

Facebook Group, Wiki launched!

Yes, that's right! If you are on Facebook, please consider joining the brand new Facebook Group for the Earthday Groceries Project! Add pictures, videos, join in on and start your own discussions, etc, etc.

There is also a brand new wiki, at, where you can do much the same thing, and add contact info - you don't have to be a member there.

If you have more ideas on how to expand/update the project, please leave a comment here. Thanks! - Mark

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Earth Day 2009 - changes ahead...

Reports are starting to come in for the effort in 2009! There are some changes to the web site that visitors and participants should be aware of:
  • Reports submitted for the 2009 effort will be combined with 2008 reports. I'll have all the report pages renamed to read "2008-09" by the end of the week, hopefully.
  • Pictures will not be put up on the project web site any more. Participants are encouraged to upload their pictures to their school/organization web site - or a photo sharing site like Flickr, and then email in a link to those pictures. Those links will then be added to the pictures page.

I know this may be a disappointment to some, but these decisions were based on time and money - the lack of both. My apologies - Mark

Monday, May 26, 2008

Pictures - it's over

Wow! An amazing 197 schools sent in pictures of their efforts on the Earth Day Groceries Project in 2008. And 35 0f them were from Romania - go figure... If anybody knows what happened in Romania to cause this big spike, please let me know.

Anyway, all pictures sent in have been placed on new web pages. We'll probably top 200 school submissions by the end of May, a record by a long shot.

Unfortunately, The Earth Day Groceries Project will not be able to host pictures for schools from now on. We will certainly add links to other web pages and collections with pictures, but...

The issue is time. It takes an average of 10 minutes to convert and archive an email with picture attachments into a web page for a school. For 200 web pages, that's a lot of minutes - and way too many hours to add to my teaching life, even if I got paid for it :) Many thanks to all the teachers and group leaders who have sent in their pictures over the years - they are incredible! They will always remain on the website as testimony to the comittment of millions of schoolchildren to saving our Earth.

I'll close this chapter in the project by sharing the very first picture from another school ever sent in to the web site. From 1996, Royston Elementary in Royston, BC, Canada - thanks, Kelsey!