Mayor Pam Iorio celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in downtown Tampa

Friday was Bring Your Child To Work Day and parents brought their children to Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa to celebrate Earth Day's 40th anniversary with Mayor Pam Iorio and Captain Green Eye.

Both parents and children were educated on how to be good stewards of the environment by recycling and disposing of electronics responsibly. A cell-phone recycling drive was set up at the event so people could properly dispose their old cell phones.

Students from Rampello Downtown Partnership School gave a musical performance and welcomed Mayor Pam Iorio.

In recognition of Tampa's 28 years of having one of the nation's  strongest tree canopy, Mayor Iorio planted a Pignut Hickory tree in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. The Pignut Hickory tree plays the role of purifying water before it enters any stream, river or lake, and is supposed to grow up to 60 ft. The tree will help purify the air, conserve soul and water, help moderate temperature, and provide food for wildlife.

Currently, Tampa is only one of two cities in Florida that is  Gold Green Certified.

"Tampa has been a leader in green practices such as land and water conservation, wildlife protection, recycling, air and water quality, toxic waste elimination and reduction, and the overall efficient use of resources," Iorio said.