(PITTSBURGH) April 19, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the City’s celebration of Earth Day, which takes place this Monday, April 22. From Citiparks’ three-day celebration, to the second-annual “Earth Market” in Market Square, to the Mayor’s fifth-annual free tree giveaway - Mayor Ravenstahl encourages all residents to celebrate our planet and pledge to make greener, more sustainable choices.
“Earth Day celebrations remind us all of our responsibility to take care of our environment by making sustainable choices,” Ravenstahl said. “Our second annual Earth Market will be an enjoyable event for all ages, as well as a valuable resource for information about green initiatives all over the city. As we celebrate Earth Day, we are reminded to strive for sustainable and environmentally friendly habits in our daily lives. I encourage residents to commit to creating greener goals for themselves and their families.”
The City, in partnership with the Frick Environmental Center, will host a three-day weekend – April 19 through 21 – of Earth Day activities, including nature walks, tree plantings and a community campfire. Find more information here.
On Wednesday, April 24, the City will hold its second-annual family friendly “Earth Market” in Market Square from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where local organizations and businesses will share sustainable resources, promote citywide green initiatives and support the growth of the local green economy. The Market will bring over two dozen vendors offering sustainable green resources, retail items, free giveaways and fun activities for children. From the Citiparks Roving Art Cart and a local magician performing green-themed magic tricks, to sustainable product demonstrations and free greening resources – Earth Market will provide the knowledge and tools needed to live greener, cleaner lifestyles.
The Mayor’s Propel Commission, in partnership with Coca-Cola and the PA Resource Council, will giveaway 40 rain barrels to help residents manage and reuse stormwater runoff. For a complete listing of City-sponsored Earth Day celebration events and a full list of Earth Market vendors, click here. Also at the Market, the City will give away 1,000 flowering dogwood tree seedlings at 11:30 a.m. in an effort to promote a greener City and fulfill the TreeVitalize Initiative’s goal of planting 20,000 trees throughout the region. So far, over 14,000 trees have been planted in nearly 60 neighborhoods by 3,500 volunteers.
At Earth Market, the City’s Green Champion Award will be presented to two outstanding green organizations:
Read more about the groups’ impressive accomplishments in the special Earth Day edition of the Green Scene.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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