Earth Day will be on April 22, and some environmental groups anticipate that nearly one billion people spanning the globe will honor the 44th year of the celebration. Originally conceived by Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, and other notable peace activists, the international holiday promotes environmental awareness and is a clarion call worldwide for policy changes that will have a positive effect on the earth’s ecosphere.
In downtown Milwaukee, there will be no shortage of events to mark the special day. Its third annual Earth Day Celebration will be held by the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and Rock the Green, on Tuesday, April 22nd, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City Center located at 735 North Water Street.
Mayor Tom Barrett will be at the fete unveiling the City’s environmental sustainability plans for the future. Also on hand will be a number of booths that are fun, ecologically-oriented, and educational, sponsored and designed by local environmental groups such as ReFresh Milwaukee, Me2, Rock the Green, Department of Public Works, and Waste Management.
Mayor Barrett has appointed a “Green Team” to help solve many of Milwaukee’s environmental sustainability problems while implementing new practices and overcoming a plethora of challenges. He has assembled community leaders from the local climes of business, education, public works, housing, energy, and infrastructure–to name a few–to build on Milwaukee’s record of environmental success, a record that resonates with the basic theme of Earth Day: creating a sustainable world for present and future generations.
Milwaukee has received a lot of accolades for its progressive sustainability practices, including honors such as having the Metropolitan Sewerage District named the 2012 U.S. Water Prize winner for its watershed-based approaches toward water sustainability as well as being named one of the Nation’s Top 25 Solar Cities by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Earth Day event will also headline a live concert by Vic & Gab, a songwriting sister duet that has been making their own brand of pop, rock-infused music for some time. Local food vendors such as Simmer Milwaukee, The Fast Foodie, Hard Wood Cafe, and Urban Caveman–and many more–will be catering the annual attraction.
One unique feature of the event will be its efforts to incorporate zero waste which will include waste reclamation stations set up by Waste Management. The stations will collect recyclables, compostables, and all waste from the event, including compostable serving ware.
If you would like to volunteer at Milwaukee’s Earth Day Celebration, contact Jodie@rockthegreen.com.