GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Once a year, on April 22, the community at large unites in an effort to promote sustainability for Mother Earth. Events, demonstrations and environmentally sound ideas are carried out worldwide in support of environmental protection.

And while the Grafenwoehr community will not see the usual grandeur of Earth Day celebrations here on post, numerous organizations are banding together to make "going green" easier on the community with smaller, more intimate events.

The Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks libraries will display an environmental book exhibit as well as provide many resources for a do-it-yourself Earth Day celebration. The Child, Youth and School Services-sponsored Kinderfest, an event for Month of the Military Child, will take place on Friday, April 26 from 3-6 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr Fieldhouse, Building 547, complete with green thumb handicrafts to restore old-fashion-play-in-the-dirt gambol.

Additionally, a new venture "Freecycle," located at Grafenwoehr's Building 441, will host its grand opening on Earth Day, April 22 from 10 a.m.-noon, in support of the Net Zero Waste Initiative in U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr.

The center will offer and accept reusable items, including appliances, electronics and clothes, to community members for free. The Freecycle promotes the "give-it, get-it" mentality. Building 441 is right next to the Grafenwoehr Car Care Center, across the street from the baseball fields near Gate 6.

While the actual events are small in numbers, living a sustainable existence has a grand impact and the Bavaria Military Community is encouraged to celebrate on their own. Whether you bike to work, plant a garden, pick up trash or encourage others to recycle, the residual effects will carry on long after Earth Day.

The USAG Grafenwoehr Environmental Division has set up an easy avenue to share or gather "green" ideas with an interactive Facebook page. Visit for more.