Turn Over a New Leaf
City Celebrates Earth Month with Green Events and Activities
April 01, 2014
Today kicks off Earth Month. The City of Tallahassee, along with its community partners, plans to celebrate throughout the entire month of April with events and activities that could have you seeing and saving green. This month-long celebration - titled "EarthCare - Your Actions Count!" - will highlight conservation practices and simple, everyday behaviors that can be incorporated into your lifestyle, helping you turn over a new leaf.
During the month of April, numerous City departments will be taking part in earth-friendly activities throughout Tallahassee, spreading the word about their green programs and services. To get involved, you can join the City at the events listed below.
Saturday, April 5
- The Sharing Tree: Green Arts Fest, noon to 5 p.m. - City departments will join unique artists and vendors for this earth-friendly event featuring free activities for children and adults. Taking place at Railroad Square, 567 Industrial Drive, this event will feature face painting, gardening activities and live music performed with recycled materials. To learn more, please visit RailroadSquare.us.
Thursday, April 10
- Spicin' it Up at City Hall, 9 - 10:30 a.m. - Members of the City's Executive Team will plant an herb garden at City Hall that includes spices like basil, oregano and parsley. This herb garden will be maintained by City employees. Herb gardens help foster sustainable eating habits.
Sunday, April 13
- Aveda Walk for Water, noon to 4 p.m. - City departments will be on hand to pass out information about green programs and services at the walk, which takes place in Tom Brown Park. You can register for the walk for $15 by visiting the Soleil 7 Hair Salon, located at 1318 N. Monroe St. Suite D. All proceeds benefit the Gulf Restoration Network.
Thursday, April 17
- Adopt-A-Street Cleanup, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - The City's Department of Environmental Policy and Energy Resources (EPER), along with Facilities Management, will clean up trash and litter along Adams Street and Bronough Street between Tennessee and Gaines streets. The Adopt-A-Street program is a joint effort between the City of Tallahassee and Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful, a local non-profit organization. It is a vital program that keeps our roadways looking clean and attractive. If you're interested in adopting a street of your own, please visit Talgov.com.
Friday, April 18
- Earth Day at the Capitol, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Multiple City departments, including EPER, Think About Personal Pollution and Your Own Utilities, will provide interactive exhibits and booths at this environmental expo. Each year, students throughout the area come to this event, which is organized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The expo will be held at Waller Park, behind the Capitol Building. For more information about Earth Day at the Capitol, please visit the DEP webpage.
Saturday, April 19
- Cash for Trash, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - This special trash collection event will allow you to dispose of bulky items, electronic waste, paint, batteries and other items. Participants will receive a $5 credit on their City utility bill. This event will be held at Solid Waste Services, located at 2727 Municipal Way.
Tuesday, April 22
- Earth Day Water Conservation Project, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Members of the City's Leadership Team will install a rain garden in the southside area. Rain gardens are an attractive way to reduce storm water pollution and improve overall water quality. By directing storm water runoff to a rain garden filled with native plants, pollutants can be absorbed by the deep plant roots instead of contaminating rivers, lakes and streams.
In addition to these events, the City will hold contests throughout the month on its Go Green Tallahassee Facebook Page. By participating, you could win a $25 credit on your City utility bill.
Each week will focus on a different theme.
- April 1 - 5: Energy Efficiency and Conservation
- April 7 - 11: Enjoy the Outdoors
- April 14 - 18: Waste Reduction and Litter Control
- April 21 - 25: Natural Resources and Water Conservation
As an internationally recognized leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability best practices, the City places sustainability as a top priority. The City received a Silver Award for its environmental leadership from The International Awards for Livable Communities and was the first to be awarded a Gold Certification as a Green City by the Florida Green Building Coalition.
For more information about Earth month activities, please visit Talgov.com/eper or the Go Green Tallahassee Facebook Page.
Koren Taylor, Department of Environmental Policy and Energy Resources, 891-8703; or Heather Teter, Department of Communications, 891-8533