The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) urged Californians to celebrate Earth Day in April at one of the many community events planned statewide. “We want people to get outside, meet their neighbors, and renew their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said in a news release. “Earth Day is just one day a year, but we all need to think about environmental stewardship as a lifelong commitment.” Communities are commemorating the 42nd annual Earth Day with exhibits, festivals, and cleanup events. CalRecycle’s Earth Day Webpage features a comprehensive calendar of such events, including details and web links for more information. While Earth Day is officially celebrated this year on Sunday, April 22, events will take place from early April through the end of May. The webpage also includes helpful recycling tips, reasons to recycle, green living guidelines, and a primer on where waste goes after it is picked up at the curb. Among the statewide calendar listings: From April 21-29, admission fees will be waived at more than 100 national parks, including state attractions like Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Muir Woods, and Death Valley. In addition, the California State Parks Foundation is recruiting volunteers for 18 major park restoration and cleanup projects on Saturday, April 14, in honor of Earth Day. CalRecycle has been developing new programs and tools to help Californians continue their commitment to environmental protection and keep our state the nation’s leader in recycling and waste diversion. As the state works toward its recycling goal of 75 percent by the year 2020, new recycling programs will begin this summer for many California businesses, multifamily housing units, and schools. CalRecycle’s new Commercial Climate Calculator will help them assess the financial and environmental benefits of reducing waste and recycling their discards.