Support the Planet - Celebrate Earth Day - Buy Local

Supporting local businesses is a great way to celebrate Earth Day! Local businesses are more likely to promote sustainable practices, encourage sustainable environments, and use less fossil fuels to transport their goods. So pick one of these great local events to celebrate Earth Day this year! Earth Day Phoenix When: Monday, April 22nd 2013 from 11am-1:30pm Where: Cesar Chavez Plaza Cost: Free to attend! Come celebrate the 43rd 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! Additionally, registration is now open for exhibit space and sponsorships are available.

19th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival When: Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Reid Park, 900 South Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ (Off of Country Club Road) Cost: Free! The event features environmentally themed exhibits, music, performances, and food vendors.  Admission is free, and all exhibits include hands-on environmental activities for young and old alike. The Water Festival will coincide with the Earth Day Festival, which integrates art, science and culture to raise awareness and promote stewardship about our water future.

April is Earth Month at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange When: April, 2013 Where: All Bookmans Entertainment Exchange locations in Flagstaff, Tucson, and Phoenix Metro! Cost: Free to attend! Throughout April all Bookmans locations host crafts, activities and lectures! Your boys and girls will love these hands-on, earth-friendly activities we have planned. There are so many great events going on it's difficult to list them here, so click here to view all of the great festivities! 

Earth Day Pin to Win When: Contest closes April 22 at noon Where: Online! Cost: Free! Are you passionate about reducing, recycling and repurposing? Is honest, healthy food at the top of your green list? How about safe water issues, eliminating plastic bags and bottles, alternative energy initiatives? Go to Mrs. Green’s World Earth Day Pin to Win board on Pinterest and Re-Pin the image that represents your priority for the planet. Your participation qualifies you to enter our weekly drawing for a Mrs. Green Prize Package, and for our Earth Day Pin to Win Grand Prize.

Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce Monthly Breakfast When: Wednesday, April 24 Where: Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ Cost: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers The mission of the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce is to foster the success of green business and enterprise in Southern Arizona by uniting our members under the premise of sustainable business. Join us at the Green Chamber's monthly networking breakfast. Everyone is welcome!

Earth Day Community Fundraiser When: Sunday, April 21, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Where: Desert Song Healing Arts Center's new location 3232 N. 20th Street, Phoenix Cost: Class - suggested donation: $10 - $20 Join us on the lawn of our new home for an Earth Day Community Fundraiser that includes a Rummage Sale, Fruit Tree Planting and Discovering Urban Fruit Trees Class.  All proceeds from the sale and class will go towards our future community garden.  At 11:00 a.m., Urban Farmer Greg Peterson and the Desert Song community will plant the first fruit trees on our new campus. Shine Coffee will be on site selling coffee, beverages, and pastries.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change When: Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. Where: South Bridge Old Town Scottsdale & Downtown Chandler (The spacious lawn/green area close to 125 E. Commonwealth) Cost: Free! Environmentally aware parents are invited to recognize Earth Day with local independent retailer, Zoolikins, as they host 2013’s Great Cloth Diaper Change. The event brings awareness to the benefits of cloth diapering by attempting to break the Guinness™ World Record of most cloth diapers changed simultaneously worldwide.  The previous record is 5,026 cloth diapers changed in 2012. Register for the Scottsdale event here, or register for the Chandler event here.

Party for the Planet at the Phoenix Zoo When: Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ Cost: General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children (up to age 12) Join us as we celebrate Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo! There will be lots of fun filled activities, including our second annual ladybug release! Learn more about what the Phoenix Zoo has been doing for 50 years to help endangered species from around the world, play games, and even help raise money for the Zoo by bringing in your old clothes to donate! This day will truly be a party for the planet!

APS Shade Tree Workshop When: Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m - 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona Cost: Free! But must meet eligibility requirements APS is offering two, one-hour workshops on how to plant and maintain trees to shade homes and help reduce cooling needs. At the conclusion of the workshop, qualified participants will receive up to three trees. Attendance and the trees are free. The workshop is only available to APS, single-family residential customers living in Maricopa County. Pre-registration is required.

Arizona Farmers' Markets When: Every weekend! Where: All over the state! Cost: Depends what you buy! Purchasing food, produce, and other goods form the farmers' market is a great way to support the planet and support our local farmers. Check out which farmers' market is closest to you.

Stewardship Summit: Shaping Our Future When: Friday, April 12 Where: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 50 East Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ Cost: Individual Tickets for Arizona Forward Members: $75; nonmembers: $95; students: $45 It’s not business as usual anywhere these days, but some survive the chaos better than others. The Arizona Forward Stewardship Summit is an inspirational forum on how we can prosper in times of uncertainty as individuals, communities and holistically, as the Grand Canyon State. Forum will include statewide mayoral panel and keynote address from Leonard Brody, a business visionary and author. More info and register here.

Celebrate the Earth by Exploring our State Parks  When: Throughout April Where: State parks across Arizona! Cost: Park admission prices vary What better way to celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April than to explore our little corner of the planet? Visit any of our state parks for an exciting adventure before the temperatures start creeping up! View a full events calendar here.

Earth Day Fossil Springs Wilderness Monitoring When: Saturday, April 20 Where: Fossil Springs Wilderness Cost: Free! At the bottom of a steep and wide canyon, at the edge of the Colorado Plateau just south of the Mogollon Rim, a group of springs pump water to the surface at the rate of about 20,000 gallons per minute. That endless water supply supports one of the most diverse riparian ecosystems in the state--more than 30 species of trees set among native desert shrub. It also creates a haven for abundant wildlife. 15 volunteers are needed for recreation impact monitoring. For more details and to register contact Sam Frank, Arizona Wilderness Coalition Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204.

Arizona Community Tree Council 20th Anniversary Celebration When: Saturday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Where: Encanto Park, 2605 N 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ Cost: Free! Great Food & BBQ - Fun for All Ages - Face Painting, Climbing Wall, Balloons and More - 20th Anniversary Presentation - And of course: Tree Planting! All Active Members will receive a free adult sized t-shirt. Additional commemorative t-shirts will be available for sale onsite. Bring the Whole Family! Register online.

Buffalo Exchange Earth Day $1 Sale When: April 20 Where: All Buffalo Exchange locations! Cost: $1! Help end needless cosmetics testing on animals as you shop for hip used clothing at a bargain! Buffalo Exchange is partnering with the nation’s largest animal protection organization, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to help end cosmetics testing on animals—forever. Visit our one-day Dollar Sale at your local Buffalo Exchange April 20 in honor of Earth Day where all proceeds from the purchase of $1 items will then be donated to the HSUS “Be Cruelty Free” campaign to help raise awareness about testing on animals in the production of beauty products. The annual Earth Day benefits at Buffalo Exchange stores have raised over $357,000 for environmental causes since 1997!

Audubon Arizona's San Pedro Eco Fest When: Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Where: Central Arizona College--Aravaipa Campus- 80440 E. Aravaipa Road, Winkelman, AZ Cost: Free admission - $5 donation for tours Celebrate nature and heritage in the beautiful San Pedro River Valley. Family Fun - Free Admission - Springtime Festival - Fun Activities - Live Animals - Games and Activities - Nature and History Exhibits - Exclusive Access Tours. Bounce House and Climbing Wall 10am-2pm. More details here.

Annual Customer Appreciation Day at Sea of Green Hydrogardens When: Saturday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Where: 1301 E. University Dr, Tempe, AZ Cost: Free! We will be holding raffles, giving out samples, goodies, free food & drinks, have live entertainment, and lots of GREAT DEALS for our favorite name brands that will be attending. Be sure to follow our future newsletters as the event begins to unfold for a super coupon that can only be used on the day of the event. You won’t want to miss this!

Spring Cleaning Week When: April 22 - 27 Where: Shop the Street Sale at Parking Lot at Central and Adams Cost: Prices will vary at sale In celebration of Earth Day, Downtown Phoenix Recycles, a program of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, is launching Spring Cleaning Week.  Through donations of gently-used office and household items, Spring Cleaning Week will bring needed shade, greening and repairs to our urban core by selling donated items at our charity street sale.  You can participate in three different ways:  1) Donate  2) Recycle (batteries, toner cartridges, glass, plastic bags, etc) and 3) Shop. Find more details here.