Palo Alto, CA –The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated millions Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. In celebration of Earth Day 2011, the City of Palo Alto and the community have planned many engaging events over the next two weeks.
The City has also compiled a list of events, tips and facts to help all of us create a sustainable environment, which can be found at www.cityofpaloalto.org/earthday or call (650) 329-2100 for more details. Staff has also prepared an update on various sustainability programs in the City of Palo Alto, which will be discussed at the Monday, April 11 City Council meeting. This information is also posted at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=26824
“Every spring when we celebrate Earth Day, it’s really a great time for each of us to reconnect with our local environment and commit to making a difference,” said Debra Van Duynhoven, Assistant to the City Manager for Sustainability. “Whether taking a small action like bringing a reusable bag to the market or a larger action like installing a solar electric system on your home, each of our individual efforts can add up to make a positive environmental impact in our community.”
On Wednesday, April 13 at 7 PM, the City in cooperation with the Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP), Palo Alto Business Goes Green/Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and IDEO will be presenting a free screening of “Carbon Nation,” at the Cubberley Community Center Theater. This newly-released documentary focuses on solutions, inspiration and action toward alternatives to a fossil fuel-dependent world and it will prove to be an educational and entertaining event. For more information, visit http://www.carbonnationmovie.com/about
The City and Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition have teamed up to offer, Bay-Friendly Gardening Basics Workshop on Saturday, April 16 from 10 AM – 1 PM at the Cubberley Community Center. This class provides an overview of the Bay-Friendly philosophy, approach and integrated practices that make for a sustainable garden. It is a mix of lecture and hands-on activities, and will provide an overview of design and maintenance considerations and practices that will help you make smart choices in your garden. Since space is limited, preregister at http://www.bayfriendlycoalition.org/workshop-reg.php or by calling the City at (650) 496-5910.
In its sixth year, the GREENLIGHT Earth Day Film Festival on Thursday, April 21 at 7 PM in the Cubberley Theater celebrates film projects that explore environmental citizenship and show how individual actions can reduce environmental impacts. Films featured at the 2011 Festival will be produced by local artists, with an emphasis on student-produced films. Films featured at the 2011 Festival are produced by local artists, with an emphasis on student-produced films. Visit http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/environment/greenlight.asp
On Earth Day, Friday, April 22, there will be a dedication ceremony to Bill Bliss at 10:30 AM at the Bill Bliss Memorial on East Bayshore Road (between Embarcadero and San Antonio Roads). Mr. Bliss served on the board of the Bay Trail Project for over 15 years and was instrumental in initiating many California bike safety regulations in place today. For more information, visit http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/arts.asp
The Palo Alto Downtown Business Improvement District has teamed up with Palo Alto’s Mayor Sid Espinosa for the “GREEN CLEAN STREET SCENE” on Earth Day at Lytton Plaza between 4-8 PM. The Mayor will kick off the activities, which will include display of children’s art work, a green poetry slam, a green fashion show and the start of the Drive Less Challenge. Sign up for THE 2011 Drive Less Challenge! Everyone has a role in protecting the climate, especially when it comes to reducing car travel. Here's a fun way to start by leaving your car behind to walk, bike, bus, train or carpool. Share your activity with schoolmates, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others. Sign up, participate, volunteer or sponsor us starting April 22, 2011 at http://www.drivelesschallenge.com/
Earth Week will also be celebrated with events at all Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) schools. Each site will shine a spotlight on the successes of year-round grassroots efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of PAUSD schools and school commutes.