Earth Day 2012 - Celebrate Your Planet!

Hopefully this wonderful Spring weather inspires you to enjoy the outdoors, and appreciate our Earth and everything it offers us. If you're seeking to celebrate our planet (or want to learn about ways to protect it), check out this list of great, local Earth Day events. Earth Day is officially Sunday, April 22, but events are happening all this week and through the rest of the month!

Earth Day Phoenix
Friday, April 20, 11am-1:30pm
Cesar Chaves Plaza (directly across from Phoenix City Hall)

Come celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day! Join Keep Phoenix Beautiful in downtown Phoenix at our adopted park, Cesar Chavez Plaza, directly across from City Hall. You'll learn about recycling and sustainability, take home useful giveaways and share your enthusiasm with thousands of environmentally minded attendees! More info here.

Local First Arizona Seminar: A Guide for the 21st Century Business - Understanding How to be Sustainable & Values Driven
Wednesday, April 25, 6pm-7pm 
Vermillion Photo Studio, 124 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Cost: $5 prepaid, $8 at the door
Normally, Local First Arizona seminars are open only to LFA members, but this month's seminar is open to LFA supporters as well! Our April seminar will be an exciting panel discussion that will include industry experts and local business owners discussing what they feel are easy steps for businesses in various industries to take towards achieving the triple bottom line (People, Planet, & Profit), followed by direct questions from audience with panel interaction. Find out more info and register here.

Earth Day 2012: We Are The World
Friday, April 20, 4pm-7:30pm
Main Gate Square on University Boulevard

Hosted by The University of Arizona (UA) students, the UA Office of Sustainability, and Main Gate Square, with promotional support from Mrs. Green and the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature live entertainment, activities for kids and families, and interactive demonstrations. As many as 60 UA programs and local businesses and organizations will be on hand to inform and engage the Tucson community about their work to make our region and world more sustainable—come and learn how you can participate! More info here.

Celebrate Earth Day by Going Organic with Boxed Greens
Sunday, April 22

On April 22nd, people from countries all across the world will unite in their celebration of Earth Day. For those of us who actively participate in the organic and natural foods industry, there may be no holiday that is more significant to what we are trying to accomplish. The products that we carry are all the beautiful end result of environmental legislation, hard work of dedicated growers and activism that have occurred in the past 30+ years, much of which was born out of the Earth Day Movement. More info here.

Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo
Saturday, April 21, 9am-4pm 
Phoenix Zoo: 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008

Come and see what the Zoo is doing for conservation at the Zoo, across Arizona, and throughout the world. Learn about how the Phoenix Zoo has been helping the planet since it first opened its doors 50 years ago! Also learn what you can do to reduce, reuse, and recycle! More info here.

Conservation Day at the Rio Salado Audubon Center
Saturday, April 21, 8am-12pm
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center: 3131 South Central Avenue, Phx, AZ 85040

Looking for a way to make difference in the community? Join Audubon’s dedicated staff and volunteers for one (or more!) of our conservation days (every 3rd Saturday). Help us prepare a pollinator garden along Rio Salado to attract birds, butterflies, and other important pollinators while working to beautify South Phoenix. More info here.

Peoria's 3rd Annual River and Trails Clean Up and Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 2012  7am–10am
New River Wash near Union Hills

In recognition of Earth Day, the City of Peoria will be partnering once again with Arizona Clean and Beautiful to hold it’s 3rd Annual River and Trail Clean-Up on April 21, 2012. Last year over 200 volunteers came together to clean 95 acres of river and trails. Arizona Clean and Beautiful will be supplying drinking water and trash bags for all volunteers. The City of Peoria will provide 25 trees for planting. Fill out the volunteer form and find more info here.

Sea of Green Hydrogardens Celebrates 20 Years
Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28

Tucson and Phoenix stores
Sea Of Green is Arizona’s Original Urban Garden Store, celebrating 20 years of serving AZ’s gardening community. Join us this April for celebratory events. We will be hosting two event days, one at Phoenix North and the other at Tucson East, as well as a 3 day 20% sale at all five locations. More info here.

Arizona League of Conservation Voters 3rd Annual Earth Night Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 6pm-9pm
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix

We invite you to join us and take advantage of this opportunity to get to know AZLCV & AZLCV Ed Fund board and staff, political & environmental leaders, and other members! Last year many came and we had a fantastic time mingling, snacking on tasty hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and enjoying fine beverages. Tickets are $45 through April 20. Find more info and buy tickets here.

Make a Sweet Donation to the Environmental Fund for Arizona
April 16-21
Urban Cookies: 4711 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014

All this week (4/16-21) our friends at Urban Cookies are donating a portion of proceeds from sales of their Earth Cakes cupcakes to EFAZ! If you haven't tried their cookies or cupcakes before, you're in for a heavenly treat. They are scrumptious beyond words! Our favorites are their Urban Cookie, Oatmeal Raising, and Peanut Butter. They also recently won top honors on the Food Network's 'Cupcake Wars!' More info here.

West Side Story: Growing Green
Tuesday, April 24, 8:00am-12pm
Peoria Council Chamber: 8401 West Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ 85345

Tips for CEOs, business owners and others looking to GROW Revenue and Earnings by tapping in to the Green Revolution. Green money is good money! Registration is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Register and find more info here.

You can also visit plenty of local, eco-friendly, and green businesses to help protect our planet. By supporting local, green business, you multiply your impact of creating sustainable environments and communities!