Long Beach Celebrates the 43rd Anniversary of Earth Week in 2013!

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Long Beach kicked off the 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day by continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability and awareness by hosting the public event Grow Eco LB at Longfellow Elementary on April 20th. The City's Earth Day celebrations continued on throughout the week as the community participated in several other green events such as the Green Prix, Solar Grand Prix, multiple beach cleanups, local hikes, e-waste drives, bike rides, tree plantings, and local farmers markets.

Earth Day was established on April 22,1970 to raise awareness of the environment and instill a sense of responsibility for its state. By turning Earth Day into a week long celebration, Long Beach was able to highlight several of the City's innovative green programs, initiatives, and demonstrated the city's continuing support towards making Long Beach more sustainable.

Earth Week 2013 Recap

The community outreach event Grow Eco LB, hosted by the Environmental Services Bureau, Long Beach Water Department, and the Office of Sustainability, was a huge success. Children and adults alike came out to support local elementary school green teams by participating in gardening and composting workshops, do-it-yourself eco-gardening activities, free mulch and plant giveaways, and several other fun activities. Check out our slideshow to see pictures from this event:
Grow Eco LB at Longfellow Elementary


The 4th Annual Long Beach Solar Grand Prix featured 67 middle school and high school student teams from all over Long Beach. The students started in February with a solar panel and an electric motor and then worked for two months to design and construct their vehicles using creativity, ingenuity, math, science and teamwork. Students competed to be the fastes but also the best in three categories: overall design, innovative design, and sustainable design. Solar Speed, a team from Bethany Lutheran, was the fastest middle school team, while Less Than Nothing III from Long Beach Poly was the fastest high school team. The event was hosted by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the 5th District Sustainability Task Force and was made possible by dozens of volunteers and 19 community sponsors.

We had a great turnout at the 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration at The Growing Experience. We had tours of the farm, showcased our new aquaponics and verticle growing systems developed by participants of our Urban Agriculture Training Program, community vendors ranging from local Herbalist Julie James to the Long Beach Beekeepers with a live hive demo, healthy cooking demos and tasty snacks from the City of Long Beach Health Department and three local chefs, as well as food preservation demos, mushroom log planting, and seed planting and art projects.

How to celebrate Earth Day Every Day:

For the 12th year, Aquairum of the Pacific is planning a special Earth Day program for aquarium visitors on the weekend of April 13-14. There will be a number of family-friendly activities designed to celebrate the environment and to teach everyday tips for sustainable living. A number of Earth-friendly organizations will staff exhibit booths, and guests can take part in a number of hands-on learning demonstrations. An aquarium admission fee is charged, but the event is free for Aquarium of the Pacific members.

A combined celebration of Children's Day and Earth Day is planned at Recreation Park on Sunday, April 28, beginning at 10am. The event will be filled with fun, uplifting, and educational activites. Enjoy arts and crafts and lots of games, too. Guests can enjoy food booths and two entertainment stages. A children's parade inside the park begins at 1pm.
City councilmember Steven Neal invites families and residents to participate in the "9th District Spring Cleaning Challenge" throughout the month of April. Nineth District residents are invited to report all instances of potholes, graffiti, dumped items, damaged street signs, and other basic maintenance issues throughout the month to the 9th District office in order to keep the distict clean and presentable. Individuals and neighborhood associations who have the most items reported will be presented with an award matching a grant of $1,000 for a neighborhood improvement project.

Additional Events:

Farmers Markets!

There are farmers markets available at several locations throughout Long Beach every week. You can celebrate Earth Day all year round by supporting locally grown produce. For the market nearest you, click here.

Bike Saturdays!

Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Save money, have fun and support local business! For a list of participating businesses, click here.

Plan a Clean-up!

More than 147 tons of litter and dumped items are collected annually by volunteers participating in clean-up events hosted by the Environmental Services Bureau. Clean-up events happen all year round, and you can even request to organize your own clean up! To see upcoming events or plan your own click here:

Volunteer at a State Park!

The California State Parks Foundation seeks volunteers to help clean and restore dozens of state parks throughout California on Saturday, April 13th. This annual parks restoration program is now in its 16th year. Register online by Monday, April 8th at:

Visit a National Park!

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) with
FREE ADMISSION to any of the nearly
400 national parks. Park admission fees
are being waived April 22-26th for the
annual observance of National Park Week.

Make a Green Pledge with the
Earth Day Network!

Over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year. Be a part of this movement and pledge an act of green such as:
  • Plant a garden at home, a school or start a community garden (If you are interested in starting a community garden, please fill out this application)
  • Eliminate use of pesticides and toxic cleaning products
  • Bike or walk to work
  • Get a home energy audit to increase the energy efficiency of the home (Get up to $8,000 for energy upgrades through Energy Upgrade CA)
  • Bring reusable shopping bags to the store
  • Switch lightbulbs to LED or other energy efficient light bulb

To view more acts of green, click here!

Started by the organization Compassion Over Killing and now in it's 5th year, US VegWeek 2013 (April 22-28) is a fun way to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating- for our health, the planet, and animals. There are 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one of them meat-free? Sign up below to join thousands of people, including elected officials, to take a 7 day VegPledge and get daily emails from April 22th-28th sharing favorite recipes and tips.

Pick 5 for the environment!

Pick 5 is an international environmental connection effort brought to you by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of State. Environmental action means taking the simple steps in the different places where we all live. By choosing five or more of these ideas and sharing your own, you are joining thousands of others who are doing the same! Make your actions count today! Actions include:

  • Use only the water you need, and reuse when possible
  • Plant a tree, or plant many trees (To request a tree planting for your community or neighborhood group, fill out this questionnaire)
  • Learn about composting, try it out (Free composting classes and discounted bins available through the Environmental Services Bureau)
  • Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they're available. Look for EnergyStar!
  • When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging
  • Join or start a green club in your community
    To pick five, click here!

Recycle Responsibly!

Not sure what to do with your hazardous or electronic waste? Bring it to family owned waste collection company EDCO every 2nd Saturday of the month where it can be collected and recycled. 2755 California Avenue, Signal Hill, CA (562) 997-1122

Earth Week Articles from Last Year:

Long Beach Residents "Go Green" Long Beach Business Journal
Long Beach Student Wins Solar Grand Prix Clean Energy Authority
Thousands Help Clean LA River San Gabriel Valley Tribune
CSULB Celebrates Earth Week The Daily 49er

Every Day is Earth Day! Check out ongoing eco-events in Long Beach with the
Sustainable Events Calendar

If you have additional Earth Week events, please submit the information to:
Tiffany Chen, Sustainability Assistant at Tiffany.Chen@longbeach.gov