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Defense Technical Information Center Announces New Recycling Initiative, Green Cupcakes for Earth Day*

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These are actually for a little kid. But imagine how cool it would be watch military brass pick GI Joes off the top of their cupcakes at an Earth Day party

A snippet from The Washington Post on how the federal government will be celebrating Earth Day tomorrow, by having Everybody Do Things:

Vice President Biden will award $452 million in "Retrofit Ramp-up" grants to 25 communities across the country on Wednesday to kick off five days of events surrounding the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. In addition to the retrofit awards, every federal agency will commemorate Earth Day with an event or new policy announcement.

OK, new policy announcements from the Department of the Interior I can understand. Events hosted by the Department of Education I can understand. Earth Day is probably big for those guys.

But every federal agency? Must the American Battle Monuments Commission garland their heroes in green? Must the Defense Technical Information Center buy cupcakes for staff at an assembly to announce a new recycling program? Do we really need the English Language Acquisition Office to produce posters on how to say weatherize in Spanish?

*Note: All of these activities are made up. I assume we'll hear about the real things tomorrow. Stay tuned.

For more, read Ronald Bailey on Earth Day's 40th birthday. Will the Earth celebrate with cupcakes?