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How Green Cities Celebrate Earth Day

April 19th, 2013 - 9:10 AM

Green Cities Celebrating Earth Day

On April 22 every year, more than one billion people take part in one of the biggest movements to appreciate and protect our remarkable planet – Earth Day. If you aren’t sure where to participate, consider traveling (or even moving) to one of these green cities to join the fun as they celebrate Earth Day!

How Green Cities Celebrate Earth Day

Seattle, WA. There’s almost no better place to participate in the celebration than in Seattle. This city is leading the way in sustainable development, so you’re sure to find some great events such as:

  • Burke Gilman Trail Restoration Work Party sponsored by Green Seattle Partnerships. It’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 22nd.
  • Celebrating Our Earth at Fisher Pavilion is a collaborative celebration with music and science-based activities. The event takes place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11 a.m.
  • Seattle Magazine’s Earth Day 5K. Want to run, walk, or stroll and keep Seattle green at the same time? Then this event is for you!.
  • Newcastle Earth Day also happens on April 20th (close to Seattle). Highlights include metal and electronic recycling, crafts for kids, and a large 40’ x 40’ tent for activities.
  • Earth Day Extravaganza at nearby Tacoma Nature Center is a great way for the entire family to explore nature together. Drop in anytime between 12-4 p.m. on the 20th and learn how to keep the planet healthy.

Austin, TX. Did you know that Austin is one of the leading green cities in the U.S.? With that kind of attribute, you’ll likely find yourself at Austin Earth Day Festival 2013. That’s right; Austin dedicates an entire festival to this special day on April 20th from 12-7 p.m. Highlights of the festival include live music (of course, since Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World), a fun Kid’s Zone with a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting, and lots of exhibits, workshops, and presentations about keeping the Earth beautiful.

San Francisco, CA. Did you know that this city requires residents to put their trash into one of three bins – recyclable, compostable, and just plain trash? If you want to help keep the green energy of San Francisco going, then be sure to go to Earth Day SF 2013. It’s a free daylong event with speakers, performances, and lots of fun with a sustainability focus. You’ll enjoy the wellness village, an electric car showcase, and even an eco-fashion show!

New York, NY. The city that never sleeps is also the city that never stops going green. There are countless ways to celebrate Earth Day in New York City, and the biggest of them all is Earth Day New York. This year, you can join the party at Grand Central on the 20th or at Union Square on the 21st. Whichever day you choose, there will be lots of activities for kids, live performances, and exhibits. Of course, there are lots more happenings around the Big Apple. If you can’t make it to the big event, try one of these other ones instead:

  • Green Festival and Jacob Javits Center showcasing green gadgets, career opportunities in sustainability, as well as organic beer, wine, and foods.
  • Join the efforts of MillionTreesNYC to plant trees on streetscapes and private properties within the city. You could be one of thousands of New Yorkers who plan more than 20,000 trees in and around the city during the month of April.

How do you celebrate Earth Day?

Do you live near or in one of these cities? The consider participating in how they celebrate Earth Day! You will feel great knowing that you are helping to prepare the planet for future generations.

If you live in one of these green cities listed above or another U.S. city not listed, please let us know how you are participating in Earth Day by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear from you!