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Asheville Top 10 City for Earth Day

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – If you’re looking for the ultimate Earth Day celebration this year, you’ve come to the right place. SaveOnEnergy.com has scoured the country in search for the best cities to visit this year for Earth Day. When it comes to celebrating all that’s green, these cities are going above and beyond all the rest.

1. Austin, TX
Austin is known for being an all-around green city so it should come as no surprise that the city does it up right for Earth Day. The free Austin Earth Day Festival, which takes place April 26, will have more than 75 booths, a handful of environmental speakers, sustainable demonstrations, countless kids’ activities and entertainment including Bollywood and Flamenco dancers.

Even Austin businesses take part in Earth Day celebrations. On April 22, dozens of business will contribute to the Give 5% To Mother Earth campaign. Participating business will donate 5 percent of their profits on Earth Day to seven environmental nonprofits in the area.

2. St. Louis, MO
St. Louis offer’s one of the nation’s largest Earth Day events, with 30,000 to 40,000 attendees each year. The city kicks off the party April 26 with food and live music. And on April 27 the celebration continues with a festival, which features sustainable products from local businesses as well as local musicians and performance artists. Part of the event’s draw is its recycling program, dubbed REX. Through the program, attendees can bring their hard-to-recycle items, such as bicycles, household fixtures and mattresses to recycle for free.

3. Philadelphia, PA
Philly will be teeming with Earth Day events for you to attend. The city’s largest Earth Day activity, the 5K for Clean Air, will take place April 19. The Penn Institute for Urban Research will host a free lecture “Mapping Our Global Future” on Earth Day. And the National Constitution Center will host its own Earth Day celebration. Eco-friendly organizations will be at the event to teach attendees about locally grown foods, preserving the park systems, protecting homes from toxins and what being green has to do with the Constitution.

4. Houston, TX
Houston isn’t waiting for Earth Day to start celebrating the planet. The city will host its Earth Day Houston festival on April 12 this year. The free event, sponsored by Waste Management, will focus on entertaining and educating families on the importance of sustainable living. Activities for children and adults will revolve around environmental awareness highlighting healthy living, wildlife, habitat, air, land, water and sustainability.

5. Asheville, NC
This small city, tucked in the mountainous region of North Carolina, is always a fun place for eco-enthusiasts to hang out. Not only does Asheville offer an abundance of outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking, the city is vegetarian-friendly and places significance on carbon reduction. So it should come as no surprise that the city stretches its Earth Day activities over an entire week.

Asheville Earth Week is a 10-day event with a number of activities designed to promote sustainability, green living and environmental awareness. The festivities begin April 12 with a River Clean Up hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and a number of earth-friendly activities will continue throughout the week. The city’s annual festival will take place April 19, complete with music, crafts and food vendors.

6. San Francisco, CA
When it comes to celebrating the planet, San Francisco won’t be left in the dust. The city is planning its fourth annual Earth Day event on April 19 and expects about 10,000 people to attend. Event-goers will hear from internationally recognized environmental speakers and can browse more than 80 booths featuring eco-friendly products. There will also be fashion shows displaying the latest eco-friendly fashions, organic food and beer served throughout the day, children’s activities and more.

7. Chicago, IL
If you’re looking for a variety of eco-friendly activities this Earth Day, the Windy City is the place to be. Those looking to volunteer might enjoy the city’s 25th annual Earth Day Parks and Preserves Clean-Up on April 26th. Just outside the city in Carol Stream, you’ll find a free Earth Day festival and farmers market, which will feature eco-friendly food, ideas, project and products on April 26. And along the lines of Earth Day, the Morton Arboretum will celebrate Arbor Day from April 13 to 27. Events include an Arbor Day 10K, costume contests, tree plantings and tram tours.

8. Baltimore, MD
There are just too many Earth Day options in Baltimore to fit in one day so the city has dedicated an entire week, April 18-26, to celebrate the planet. Throughout the week, you can take in a number of presentations on the environment, enjoy a family farm day, take part in a scavenger hunt or view a live cooking demonstration. The main event, Baltimore’s EcoFest, will cap the week’s celebration on April 26. Participants will get to taste local food and beer, tour green homes and take part in free yoga classes. Children will have plenty to do at the Kid’s Corner including crafts, reading circle and eco-friendly play space.

9. Santa Barbara, CA
If you’re already ready for some beach time, head to Santa Barbara for Earth Day. In addition to enjoying the area’s natural beauty you can attend the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on April 26-27. The city was actually the inspiration for the very first Earth Day in 1970–following a large oil spill off it’s coast in 1969–and takes pride in its heritage at its annual Earth Day celebration. The event will feature local artists, designers, crafters and small businesses with plenty of booths for you to learn about living the green life. There will be a marketplace where you can pick up earth-friendly gifts for all of your friends, a green car show displaying the latest green automotive technology, and plenty of locally grown grub for you to snack on all day. For the little eco-enthusiasts in your life, make sure you check out the event’s kid’s corner.

10. Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati is throwing a rocking Earth Day celebration too. The city’s festival, scheduled for April 19, will have more than a dozen events to help residents celebrate the planet. Some of the highlights include an Earth Day scavenger hunt, live music, an animal showcase and recycling games. Students in grades three through eight are invited to participate in a recycled costume contest. The student with the best costume, made out of recyclable materials, will win $100.

Good Reads for Earth Day

Friday, April 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A warm spring day and a good book – does it get much better? If there are children or young adults in your life, Trash, written by Andy MulliganEarth Day (April 22) is a great time to share a good book with an environmental message. And the public library is a good place to start!

Public libraries were green before being green was cool. By using the library to find your books and other materials, not only do you save money, but the items libraries buy are used by many people – saving the environment, too.

After all, we can all make a difference. Try these books on for size:

  • Sheila Says We’re Weird, written by Ruth Ann Smalley and illustrated by Jennifer Emery – Sheila’s neighbors have some odd habits – they hang out their clothes to dry, they ride their bikes to the library instead of riding in the car, they grow a garden, and they use a reel mower instead of a gas mower.
    Sheila doesn’t know what to think! But as she gets to know them, she learns that they serve wonderful homemade food and do lots of fun things. It turns out they aren’t so weird after all!
  • Riparia’s River, written by Michael J. Caduto and illustrated by Olga Pastuchiv – When Gretchen, Jason, Mark, and Daphne find their favorite swimming hole filled with green slime, they are horrified. Riparia, a mysterious naturalist, helps the children understand how the water became polluted and how to restore the river to health.
  • Where Do Recyclable Materials Go?, written by Sabbithry Persad – The first book in the “Garbology Kids” series, this story follows Tiana and her family as they search for their lost dog, Bubbles.
    The search leads them to the Materials Recovery Facility. Along the way, they learn how recycling works.
  • Rascal and Shady Recycle and Reuse, written by Beth Starr and illustrated by James Balkovek – Rascal and Shady are raccoons who love to play “I Spy” in the woods. Unfortunately, they spy a lot of “people droppings.”
    They manage to get their friends to help them clean up and put the items to good use.
  • *The Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss – With the movie version in theaters this spring, take advantage of the opportunity to pull out the book and read it together. Not only can you talk about the Lorax and his message, but you can also discuss how books and movies are similar and yet different.
  • *Trash, written by Andy Mulligan – This book is for young adults grade seven and up), not children. In the not-so-distant future in a Third World country, three teen boys spend their days picking through trash at the dump site. One day, they find a mysterious item – only to discover that lots of other people are looking for it, too.

* These books are available for check out from the Buncombe County Public Library System.

A Billion Acts of Green for Earth Day!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On April 22, people from all around the world will be celebrating Earth Day. It’s great to do something special for Earth Day, but it’s even better to commit to simple actions all year long that make a difference.

This year, the Earth Day Network is challenging people around the world to commit to “A Billion Acts of Green.” The purpose of this campaign is to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world.

This Earth Day, respond to this challenge by committing to an “act of green” that will help make our world a better place. You’ll be joining millions of other people who are also committing to positive actions, and, together, we will make a HUGE difference!

Here are some possible “green acts.” We’re sure you can think of many others. Choose an act of green (or two or three!) that fits your family’s lifestyle and make it a habit!

  • Reduce the amount of waste you create. One easy way to do this is to shop from a list. Impulse purchases are often items that you didn’t need and won’t use.
  • Reuse what you have by finding creative, new uses.
  • Recycle your paper and containers.
  • E-cycle old electronics, including computers, printers, TVs, DVD players, cell phones, and iPods/MP3 players.
  • Don’t litter. According to Keep America Beautiful, a nationwide anti-litter organization, a single piece of litter invites more, often leading to an unsightly mess. Never throw anything out of your car windows. Don’t throw your trash on the ground next to full containers.
  • Grasscycle your lawn clippings by letting them drop back onto the lawn when you mow instead of bagging them. Grasscycling returns water and plant food to your lawn. Plus, it saves time!
  • Compost your yard waste and fruit and vegetable scraps in a backyard bin. Not sure how to start? Contact Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  • Choose human-powered transportation to go short distances. You could walk, jog, or bike.
  • Encourage your children to ride the school bus or carpool with another family to save fuel and reduce air pollution. Carpool to sports practices, scouts, and other activities, too!
  • Borrow books and DVDs from the library.
  • Plant a tree and water it this summer.
  • Switch off lights and turn off the TV and computer when you leave the room.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (the “twisty” ones). Known as CFLs, these bulbs use less energy and last much longer. Remember that burned-out CFLs can’t go in the trash. CFLs are accepted at the Landfill’s Friday-only HHW drop-off at the landfill. Here’s a list of other places you can drop them off.

To register your acts of green, visit www.billionactsofgreen.org, or find Billion Acts of Green on Facebook or Twitter. The online registration tools are easy to use and only take a minute to complete.

With thousands of Earth Day events and a billion participants, this Earth Day we can show the world that every small environmental act makes a difference.