Celebrate Nature - 2014

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, and Arbor Day is Friday, April 25. See below for highlights of upcoming sustainability events that contribute to making Mesa a more sustainable and green community. Whether you are planning a Climate Rally or a tree-planting just for fun, let us know by submitting your event.  Check back often for green tips and upcoming events.
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Learn more about Earth Day and Arbor Day


earth dayquote from Gaylord NelsonEARTH DAY: On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. Today, Earth Day is celebrated annually around the globe, and through combined efforts of grassroots organizations, and citizens like you, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a world-wide campaign to protect our global environment. Celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day by attending one of the events below.

ARBOR DAY: It has been 142 years since J. Sterlingquote from J. Sterling Morton Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. Find tree care information and more on our Arbor Day page.


Earth-Friendly Events Happening in Mesa

CycloMesa 'unchained' on April 4 and 5 will celebrate biking and extreme sports! This year you will see expanded criterium races, bands and more on Friday. Saturday is the El Tour de Mesa with many different kids' events, a BMX stunt show, zip line, jump houses, beer garden, food vendors, music and much more!  Join the fun in downtown Mesa!

Household Hazardous Waste Event on April 5 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Clean out the garage or your medicine cabinets (prescription drugs) and come see us at our Center Street facility at 2412 N. Center St.

Water Awareness Month April is all about water, and to celebrate Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is encouraging residents to participate in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The challenge offers a chance to win hundreds or prizes, including a Toyota Prius. To participate, visit www.mywaterpledge.com. [Press Release  |  Info Card]

Bike2Work Day and Earth Day Expo: April 22, 6-8 a.m. Bicycle in or just drop by Bike2WorkDay with interactive activities, prizes and a pancake breakfast and smoothie sale. Mesa City Plaza  entrance at 20 E. Main Street in Mesa.

Arbor Day Tree Plantings: April 25, 9:30 a.m. The City of Mesa will conduct a tree planting. Learn more.

Celebrate Mesa: April 26, 2-6 p.m. Pioneer Park, a free family event that brings the community together.

See link below to submit your event.

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Earth Day Celebration, 9th Annual April 5 at The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo April 19. It's a Party for the Planet! Visit the Water - Use It Wisely booth to win an "oh-so-cute" rubber duck - older kids (parents) will get some great stuff, too.

Submit Your Event

Are you planning an Earth-friendly, Arbor Day or sustainability-related event that is open to the public? Please submit your program to our site so we can connect you with members of our community.

Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day

 As we count down to Earth Day we are adding a new tip each day.

  1. No foolin' with water! Do your part by taking the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation at www.mywaterpledge.com. Help Mesa win the title of the "Most Water Wise" in the nation. You not only help our planet but, you will be entered to win great prizes like a Toyota Prius Plug-in. Learn more.

  2. Pick one day in April to ride your bike to work and celebrate Valley Bike Month with activities. Check out CycloMesa on April 4 and 5 to celebrate biking and extreme sports! This year you will see expanded criterium races, bands and more on Friday. Saturday is the El Tour de Mesa, many different kids' events, a BMX stunt show, zip line, jump houses, beer garden, food vendors, music and much more!  Join the fun in downtown Mesa!

  3. Read labels when purchasing garden, automotive and cleaning products and purchase those with natural or plant-based ingredients whenever possible. Switching to safer alternatives will have a positive impact for you and your family, and will also benefit the environment. If you need to dispose of any hazardous materials, be sure to do so properly at a Mesa Household Hazardous Waste Event - our next event is this weekend, Saturday April 5th!

  4. Paper, plastic, cans and more! Learn about Mesa's many recycling programs by visiting www.mesarecycles.org.

  5. Water your yard just the right amount by ordering our tell-all booklet, Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert. Up to 70% of your water use is outdoors and reducing your landscape use is one of the easiest ways to save water. Call for our booklet at (480) 644-3306 or visit our online version at www.wateruseitwisely.com.

  6. Reduce your food miles (distance your food travels from grower to plate) by planting a garden or shopping at a local farmer's market. You may also want to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where you pay a local farmer an up front fee in return for a weekly basket of seasonal produce. Active markets can be found at www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com. To find a CSA near you visit www.localharvest.org.

  7. April is Water Awareness Month! Check out ideas, tips, resources and events to help you conserve water and learn more about Arizona's most precious resource.

  8. Order a backyard composter from Mesa's Solid Waste Department for only $5. Composting is a great way to turn kitchen scraps and yard clippings into mulch for your plants. Call (480) 644-2221 for more information.

  9. Don't flush or throw away any dangerous prescription medications where they can taint the water supply; these contaminants are very difficult to filter out later on. To help stop this "drug-flushing", visit one of our MedReturn boxes at local Mesa Police stations. Learn more.

  10. Sign up for our Landscape Watering Reminder subscription service so that you can get a monthly reminder to adjust the schedule on your irrigation timer. The reminder will detail frequency rates for different types of plants in your landscape.

  11. Mesa Library patrons can now borrow a free Kill A Watt meter that will tell them how much energy their appliances use. Customers who know more about their energy usage are more likely to conserve and save money on their monthly electric bills. Check one out at any of Mesa's 3 libraries.

  12. Count how many water-saving tips you already implement out of the 100 available at www.wateruseitwisely.com. While there, check out the online water audit and lots of how-to's to save water in your landscape.

  13. Skip the plastic grocery bag. Use a reusable one instead. If you do use plastic grocery bags, please remember to recycle them at your local retailer. Due to sorting limitations, plastic bags ARE NOT accepted in Mesa's blue barrel.

  14. Check out books, Nook eReaders & other materials at Mesa Library. It reduces costs and saves paper. Also, be sure to use the virtual library by downloading books to your eReader. Find library locations and resources available at www.mesalibrary.org.

  15. The Celebrate Arizona Water Photo Contest is going on until May 31. Submit a photo that you feel celebrates the importance and wonder of water in Arizona and you could win a houseboat vacation on Lake Powell.

  16. Learn about pollinators, then plant some pollinator-friendly plants in your yard. Did you know that butterflies, moths, birds, beetles, ants and even bats pollinate plants that help make food for people and wildlife. Learn more.

  17. Check out our April Sustainability Savings Tip to learn about the Top 10 Ways to make a positive impact on the planet. It's easier than you think.

  18. Celebrate Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo! It's a Party for the Planet! Water - Use It Wisely (including Mesa staff) will be joining in on the fun once again with our fun duck float trivia contest. Children young and old can test their water know-how, then take home one of our "ahhhhh-dorable" plumber ducks to float in the pool or bathtub to help remind them to use water wisely every day of the year - not just on Earth Day. Don't worry; we have a lot of cool stuff for the "big" kids, too. See you there!

  19. Learn how to properly drain or backwash your pool while protecting the environment. We have the details!

  20. Mesa Urban Garden (MUG) is a local community garden in downtown Mesa. Bed rentals are available or you can volunteer to work a communal garden bed that donates food to local shelters. Learn more about MUG or about other community gardens in Mesa!

  21. Thinking about removing your grass and replacing it with a beautiful desert landscape? We'll give you $500 to think about it even more! Learn about our 'Grass-to-Xeriscape' program.

  22. CELEBRATE EARTH DAY Today and every day!

    Visit our sustainability site as a one-stop shop for what's available or happening at the City of Mesa to help the environment. Find out about recycling programs, water and energy conservation, Living Green workshops, Sustainability Savings Tips and more at www.mesaaz.gov/sustainbility.

Living Green Events: Earth-Friendly Advice for Home & Garden

The aim of "Living Green" events is to inform the community about why and how to increase the sustainability of our community, and is part of a larger effort by the City to develop and implement innovative programs to address environmental issues and concerns. Be sure to visit a Mesa Library for resources available on sustainable landscaping, waterwise gardening, energy efficiency, green living, and earth-friendly building and remodeling.


Go Green with Mesa Parks & Recreation



Your Place to Play is the new tag line of Mesa Parks and Recreation. Go outdoors and play in one of Mesa's 208 play spaces. We have 59 parks that include 11 sports complexes, 133 Basins, 5 Recreation Centers, a golf course and 9 swimming pools/aquatic complexes. Learn more at Mesa Parks and Recreation. Check out the cool summer programs & events!

  • Reserve a Ramada in a Mesa Park and get some fresh air and connect with nature
  • Use a bike trail to travel through your community and reduce your carbon footprint
  • Swim at one of the eight swimming pools and save water and energy by using a public pool
  • Register for programs & classes (learning creates more sustainable communities)
  • Use one of our Recreation Centers, Sports Facilities or the Multigenerational Center
    (health, nutrition and recreation are all part of a sustainable community)

For more information: 480-644-2352 or www.mesaaz.gov/parksrec


Online Games/Fun Links About Nature & Our Environment

Check out these fun games and activities about trees from the Arbor Day Foundation.

To learn about Arizona's Natural Wonders and Wildlife, visit this site from Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer. 

The Water - Use It Wisely Kids Page features interactive games like Tip Tank, the Water Family, Mission H2O and more. You'll also find lots of lesson plans for students and teachers.

The Environmental Kid's Club features games about water, recycling and the environment on this site sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Visit Going Green at the Phoenix Zoo to help conserve and preserve our world for future generations. Learn how to make earth-friendly cleaning products and many other green tips.

Learn to save energy with Tinker Bell and her friends at a site by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Disney's Friends for Change Project Green site is helping kids help the planet.

Find interactive games about land, earth and water on this NASA site. http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/

The alliance to save energy teaches you how to defeat Energy Hogs. http://www.energyhog.org/

Mesa's Solid Waste Management Department has fun activities "just for kids."

Have loads of fun on this site with fun games and activities about land, water, climate change, nature and more.  http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/kids_home.cfm



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Related Links

US Department of Energy
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ASU Sustainability
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Local First Arizona

Cell Phone Recycling
Earth Day Homepage

Sustainability Dictionary

U.S. Green Building Council

Green Home Guide
Sustainable Living Handbook, A Citizen's Guide to Thoughtful Living

Valley Metro
Mesa Bike Map & Information

Maricopa County Bike Map

Clean Air Make More

Water Use it Wisely
Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

Arizona Department of Water Resources

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EPA WaterSense
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Layperson's Guide to AZ Water

Climate Change
Climate Change Handbook, A Citizen's Guide to Thoughtful Action
FAQ's about Global Warming, EPA