This year more than ever, Earth Day (this Sunday, April 22) is an important day for us to all stop, think, and make a difference. With the growing interest and attention that green design and sustainability have been gathering, 2007 is really a year that the masses are motivated to gather, celebrate, and make a commitment to protecting our planet. Even though we are of the firm belief that “Earth Day” should be EVERY day – it is still nice to have an opportunity to come together and focus on our planet for a week. Read on for a list of some key events worth attending… everything from fashion shows to concerts, and even Governor Arnold pimping his ride. And stay tuned for a special Earth Day post this Sunday.

This tri-city festival is about as big and green as it gets. If you’re in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, definitely check out Green Apple’s awesome lineup of music and art. Everyone from Dave Matthews to American Idol’s Taylor Hicks will be there- all for a good cause.

Project Earth Day is an eco-friendly fashion event that will celebrate Earth Day. Organized by Emerging Green Builders of New York (EGBNY) and co-sponsored by o2-NYC and Green Drinks, the runway show will be held at the Teknion showroom on April 19th and will feature a stunning display of the latest eco-friendly designs by up and coming designers. We’ll be covering this event this weekend.

The Green Festivals, held every year in Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco, are HUGE, displaying a complete array of all things green, organic, sustainable, and more. The Festival comes through Chicago this weekend. It’s the IKEA of green events- enormous, accessible, and with everything you could possibly want.

3-Form, one of our favorite green manufacturers and the creator of EcoResin, is hosting a great lineup of in-house events and lectures this entire week. Highlights include Thursday’s focus on Sustainable Architecture and LEED. While the events are only open to 3-Form employees, it’s worth looking at the lineup and recaps of each of the lectures.

This Sunday, PBS/NOVA airs their ‘SAVED BY THE SUN‘ special that will literally and metaphorically shed some light on solar power, discussing how and why people across America and the world are “going solar,” using radiant energy of the sun to power homes, businesses, and even entire communities. Check the website for local airing information.

If NOVA sounds a little to academic for your television taste, switch over to MTV’s Pimp My Ride on Sunday at 1pm/12pm CST, where California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be pimping out a 1965 Chevy Impala into fuel efficient, biodiesel, lean mean machine. Via Treehugger.

The Energy Star standard has done a lot to bring more efficient electronics and home appliances to consumer markets. And now, in celebration of Earth Day, ENERGY STAR has created the Earth Day Giving Tree. Pick one of 10 Easy Ways to Give to the Earth and dedicate your carbon-reducing efforts to a friend or loved one.

Most big cities have a big celebration planned for Earth Day, and Austin has combined their Saturday event with an Energy Fair, which will educate about solar panels and alternative energy for residential usage. There will also be a screening of An Inconvenient Truth.

If none of these events tickle your fancy, search for more events and Earth Day happenings in your area through the EPA website, or Regardless of your time or interests, let’s all get out there and do something good this Sunday.


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  1. Aaron April 22, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    One other item I did was give one neighbors 2 dozen CFLs and offered to help install them (hopefully we will do that later today) and I am giving another friend a hot water heater blanket. I am planning on every house warming I am invited to give some CFLs as part of the gift.


    This is what I posted on another blog as well…

    For environmentalists what have you done except chastise your friends and neighbors who are not as aggressive as you are or are planning on being. First switch 100% of your lights to CFLs before you give grief to anyone else. Before you do anything else give your neighbors some CFLs and help them install them and help the environment and make a friend with the money they will save. Much faster impact to the environment and the economy then a donation to offset your carbon output. Remember that most people want to help just they are too busy just working to pay the bills so, if you give them a financial as well as enviromental incentive everyone can benefit.

    And for those that don’t believe or are on the fense in regards to global warming save energy and money and call it a bonus if it happens to help the environment. I have cut me energy utilization by ~40% (half of my Kyoto value) and the pay off with in just over a month. The CFLs and weather stripping alone saved me more then $125 a month and cost about that. Even if you don’t believe in global warming that alone make it all worth while.

    For my part I believe their is something to global warming and the extremists on both sides are making things better and worse then reality. In 10 years when my children look back they can a least say I am trying to help whether or not in was needed. If global warming is not a big deal I have showed them how to better use money and not support OPEC and if it is an issue then I have made progress in improving the enviroment.

    For my part I am going to give away some (a dozen or so) extra CFLs I acquired as part of converting my house to 100% CFLs and will help install them if they want the help. Also, I have used what I have learned show others the financial savings and progress I have made. So, they can use it to save money and help themselves and the environment and the economy.

    If you want to see all the things I have done check out my on going progress at You can be environmentally responsible and financially better off with minimal effort.

    For all the celebrities and others who want to support global warming. Live what you preach and since you are better off financially then most of us. How about you personally pay for a few hundred or a few thousand low income houses to have all their lights switched over to CFLs and to get better weather stripping. Benefit the environment and the people by saving them money. Win/Win start at home right here in the US instead of a few thousand dollars in political donations or ads you could do something with a more meaningful impact and faster impact. Use your status to get some sponsors to expand to more people and places but, put your own money where your mouth is first.

    Happy Earth Day 2007

  2. Cat Laine April 22, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    I’m having a quiet day in the back garden soaking up sun on one of the few clear warm days in Boston. So chill, so nice.

  3. Aaron April 21, 2007 at 2:21 am

    I have in the last ~6 weeks cut my families electrical and natural gas utilization by 35% and a similiar reduction in my home’s carbon footprint while knocking a sizable amount of money off my utilities bills. My home for the summer is more sizable impacts. I put together a blog of my progress and to get more ideas in a way that everyday people and families can to in a way the one project can finance the next with minimal initial outlay.

    Check out my blog and give me more ideas…

  4. J April 20, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    will they be pimpin arnolds fleet of hummers to be fuel efficient too?? Least that old 65 chevy has an excuse for being a gas guzzler…in fact its an antique and its kind of a shame to be hacking it apart and damaging a vintage car no longer in production. seriously…why doesnt he donate one of his SEVEN (or all seven) hummers to go under the knife (or, er, wrench)?

  5. Millie April 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    I have been collecting computers and televisons for the Electronic recycling in NYC this Sunday. I practice everyday by reducing, reusing and recycling at my office and home.

    I bring my kitchens scrapes to the compost. I walk the walk and show others

  6. Kate April 19, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve promised not to drive my car and sense Metro is allowing everyone to ride for free, I should have no problem getting around town. I also plan to do my part to clean up Alki beach.

  7. Ryan April 19, 2007 at 9:37 am

    I’m bringing a bunch of computer equipment to get recycled. The city is putting it on. It’s a shame that this is the only day they make it easy around here to recycle electronics.

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