Earth Day


Navy and Marine Corps commands worldwide celebrate Earth Day on the official date of 22 April and throughout the months of April and May, depending on the climate of their operating areas and the nature of their day-to-day missions. Earth Day activities can be a perfect opportunity to build relationships across command departments, with sister services and government agencies, and the local communities where we live and work.

Earth fairs, recycling contests, 5K runs, beach and neighborhood trash pickups, base nature tours, and environmental education programs for students are among the many activities naval commands have hosted or participated in for Earth Day over the past four decades.  Energy saving actions, such as swapping out old incandescent light bulbs for high-efficiency compact florescent bulbs, shutting off unneeded lights, 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 Planning Guide
This document describes the history of Earth Day, gives ideas for Earth Day activities and promotion, and explains how to get free materials for your event.

2016 Navy Earth Day Poster
Portrait 8.5 x 11
Portrait 11 x 17

Landscape 8.5 x 11
Landscape 11 x 17

A customizable MS Word version is also available, please contact Madeline Joyce (

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

Navy/Marine Corps Earth Day planners can also request free Earth Day support materials by submitting this online form.

2015 Background Information