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Vol. LX, No. 5
March 07, 2008
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Seeds for Earth Day 2008 Sown

The seeds of the mystery plant in this year’s Name IT Contest. A seedling of this year’s mystery plant erupts from its potting place. Plants chosen for the contest contribute in some way to the NIH mission.

Above:
The seeds of the mystery plant in this year’s Name IT Contest.

Right:
A seedling of this year’s mystery plant erupts from its potting place. Plants chosen for the contest contribute in some way to the NIH mission.

There are only 9 months of shopping left until Christmas 2008. The NIH Environmental Management System (NEMS) hopes the gifts you buy for the next holiday season will be energy-efficient; free of lead, phthalates and polybrominated diphenyl ethers; contain 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials and be made locally—in other words, sustainable.

That brings to mind another date on the calendar—NIH’s annual Earth Day Celebration, which will be held this year on Thursday, Apr. 24 in conjunction with Take Your Child to Work Day. NEMS would like to make that event even bigger and better (greener) than last year’s celebration, which broke previous attendance records. Help ensure success by volunteering your green ideas, time and talents to the Earth Day planning committee. Sign up at the NIH Greener web site: www.nems.nih.gov.

One of the most popular Earth Day traditions is the “Name IT Contest” to identify a mystery plant that has something to do with NIH’s mission and the environment. Each year, the winners have received great prizes—like tickets to Strathmore or a catered lunch for the whole office. Seeds for this year’s mystery plant were sown in early January and are now sprouting. Photos of IT’s seeds and one-week-old seedling are below. Keep your eyes on the NIH Record for more clues, photos and contest entry instructions. NIHRecord Icon

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