From learning about eco-friendly simple solutions you can do in your everyday life to keeping track of how much waste you create in your own home, there are plenty of ways to get involved and learn how we can all help our planet.
This year’s Earth Day theme is Restore Our Earth and we are kicking off the month with a webinar hosted by Green Living Magazine’s Dorie Morales on Wednesday, April 7. Learn more and register here.
On April 15, master gardeners Joan Baron and Morgan Winburn will share tips and planting ideas – everything you need to know about spring gardening. Learn more and register here.
Scottsdale Public library will also host fun activities for families to get involved and learn about their impact on the environment. Be part of the Great Waste Audit and keep track of how much your household is disposing from April 1 to 22. And on Wednesdays, tune in on our YouTube channel to watch Citizens Science Workshops - quick videos about new experiments you can do every week to be mindful about the environment, while contributing to scientific research projects.
In addition, Scottsdale Video Network will share informative videos from our Sustainable Scottsdale YouTube playlist every Friday, including a special extended version on Earth Day, April 22, with a video premiere discussing Green Building Programs with Anthony Floyd and Mayor Ortega.
And for those who are inspired by Earth Day to adventure outside to explore and get in touch with nature during this month, we encourage you to check out our butterfly gardens and learn about the importance of pollinators. It’s also a great time to check out our Old Town Farmers Market where you can purchase organic and pesticide-free products from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through May.
You may also notice some new trees being planted at our city parks. Scottsdale Parks and Recreation is planting 51 new trees in honor of the 51st Earth Day. Mayor David D. Ortega will read a proclamation in honor of Earth and Arbor Day at Zuni Park and the ceremony will be live-streamed on April 15.
Last but not least, the city of Scottsdale is partnering with Green Living Magazine to host a social media contest. All you have to do is post a photo or video with the hashtag #ScottsdaleSimpleSolutions to share what actions you are taking to be more eco-friendly and you will win a free 1-gallon native mesquite tree that will be available for pick-up at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday, April 24. Some examples of simple solutions you can tell us about are ways you are conserving water and/or electricity, reducing waste, using a reusable grocery bag or water bottle, or planting trees to fight climate change. Let us know! We want to hear all about it!
Follow our social media accounts to stay connected at ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “social media”.