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Posted on: July 17, 2023

County-Funded Boonshoft Exhibit Highlights Dedication to Education

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Reinforcing the importance of sustainable thinking, the “Conserve, Compost, Cultivate” exhibit at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery officially launched to the public on Wednesday, May 3. 

Montgomery County Environmental Services awarded the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery grant money to fund the creation of the exhibit and its installment on the second floor of the museum. This installment is more than just an addition to the museum’s impressive exhibit lineup, it truly reinforces sustainable thinking for adults and children alike. 

“This exhibit was deliberately planned to address education surrounding sustainability and giving back to our community,” said Matt Hilliard, Director of Environmental Services. “One of our missions at Environmental Services, and specifically our Solid Waste District, is to reduce our dependence on the landfill. It is vital to the future of our planet that our next generation embraces composting and proper recycling.” 

“We strive to be a leader in the community when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint,” said Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commissioner. “Our commitment to this effort is evident from our Styrofoam recycling events, Tire Buy Back, tours of our Environmental Learning Center, community grants, and continual investment in cutting-edge technology.”

While Montgomery County has funded exhibits in the past, this particular exhibit imprints the notion of composting, right in front of Boonshoft’s Eco Eatery. This was also deliberate by Boonshoft leadership.

“We wanted to really drive the point home to our guests that the choices they make today can impact our future. The education surrounding composting and recycling is important today, tomorrow, and every day,” said Tracey Tomme, President and CEO, Dayton Society of Natural History.

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