Earth Day

April 22, 2015, is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Here are some highlights of Earth Day events.

Apr 17, 2015 | ARTICLE

April 22, 2015, is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the worldwide celebration of environmental protection efforts. Moved by the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969, Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, at the time a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, realized that he could infuse the new public awareness of environmental impacts onto the national political agenda. In 1990 Denis Hayes, national coordinator, pushed the movement globally.

Here are some highlights of events happening this year and past events in communities throughout the United States.

ICMA Earth Day Resources

2015 Earth Day Events

  • Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains clean, green, and beautiful communities has a plethora of activities going on nationwide:
  • In the city of El Cerrito, California, residents celebrate Earth Day by having volunteers from their community participate in environmental projects and work with partners all over the city.  For appreciation of their efforts the local government hosts a lunch at the community center.
  • The town of Patagonia, Arizona, hosts an all-day event with such activities as a community-wide cleanup of household hazardous waste and a program of speakers covering topics like water conservation to help limit the impact of the community’s diminishing water supply.
  • In the community of Riverside, California there will be an Earth Night in the Garden event to celebrate water efficiency and the environment, with activities such as ladybug releases!

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