Celebrate Nature - 2019
Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and Arbor Day is Friday, April 26. 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.
- Learn More About Earth Day and Arbor Day
- Earth-Friendly Events Happening in Mesa
- Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day
- Living Green: Earth-Friendly Advice for Home & Garden
- Online Games/Fun Links About Nature & Our Environment
|Learn more about Earth Day and Arbor Day|
EARTH 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 47th anniversary of Earth Day by attending one of the events below.
ARBOR DAY: It has been 147 years since J. Sterling 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 Bicycle Festival on April 6 includes El Tour de Mesa, Bicycle Rodeo, family fun and more. Bring your bike!
Water Awareness Month April is all about water!
Mesa Farmers Market and Flea Takes place each Saturday at Pioneer Park 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrate Mesa: April 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Pioneer Park, our official Earth Day event. It's a free family event that brings the community together. Don't miss our Living Green Village! Solar cooking demo, tree hugging booth and more! See Flyer for this year's vendors [PDF].
Bike2Work Day and Earth Expo: April 17, 7-9 a.m. Bicycle in or just drop by Bike2WorkDay with interactive activities, prizes, group ride led by City Council, and a pancake & smoothie breakfast. Mesa City Plaza (east side of building) at 20 E. Main Street in Mesa.
Don't miss our Arbor Day events. See what we have planned on our Arbor Day page.
|Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day & Every Day|
As we count down to Earth Day we are adding a new tip each day
- 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 $3,000 towards your home utilities.
- Our April Sustainability Saving’s Tip features ten simple actions to make a positive impact on the planet. It's Earth Month! Find it here.
- Mesa Urban Garden (MUG) is a local community garden in downtown Mesa. Bed rentals are available, or you can sponsor or volunteer to work a communal garden bed that donates food to local shelters. Learn more about MUG or about other community gardens in Mesa!
- Cleaning your garage? Our Household Hazardous Materials Facility opened last fall and is open Wednesday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to Noon. Help protect our environment by disposing of chemicals, electronics and more properly. We also have a swap shop where you can pick up new or gently used materials.
- MedReturn boxes are available at four Mesa Police station lobbies offering convenient drop-off locations. Do not flush prescription or non-prescription drugs down the toilet or pour them down the drain where they can contaminate water supplies.
- Textile Recycling! Did you know that old clothing and shoes and stuffed animals (too worn to donate) can now be recycled at specific locations? Learn more at mesarecycles.org.
- Water your yard just the right amount by ordering our tell-all booklet,Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert (you can also find our interactive online guide at this link). 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read labels when purchasing garden, automotive, and cleaning products and purchase those with natural or plant-based ingredients whenever possible. You can also look for the SaferChoice label. Switching to safer alternatives will have a positive impact for you and your family, and will also benefit the environment.
- Skip the plastic grocery bag. Use a reusable one instead. If you do use plastic bags, please remember to recycle them at your local retailer. Due to sorting limitations, plastic bags ARE NOT accepted in Mesa's blue barrel. Send us a message with your address and we'll mail you a reusable bag.
- SAVE RESOURCES. Have you heard of THE STUFF-BRARY?? Mesa Library is at it again with another fantastic idea. Check out bike locks, croquet sets, play at the park kits, and cake pans! How cool is that?
- 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 AND our Trees are Cool bonus.
- Follow Wayne Drops Adventures at Water - Use It WiselyRead about Wayne's water journey around Arizona. Contact us with your address and we'll send you a Wayne Drop bookmark and tattoo!
- Paper, plastic, cans and more! Learn about Mesa's many recycling programs by visiting www.mesarecycles.org.
- Mow Down Pollution with the Maricopa County Air Quality Department. Recycle your gas mower, get an electric model and get a $200 voucher to pay for it!
- Reduce your food miles (distance your food travels from grower to plate) by planting a garden or shopping at a local farmers 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. Don't miss the recently opened Mesa Farmers Market and Flea located each Saturday at Pioneer Park.
- Pick one day in April to ride your bike to work and celebrate Valley Bike Month with activities. Join us at Mesa's Bike2Work Earth Fest on Wed. April 17 from 7-9 a.m. We'll have fun booths, smoothies and pancakes for sale and free coffee!
- Looking for beautiful plants that can save water too for your landscape? Check out Water - Use It Wisely's Plant of the Month series!
- The Seed Library allows Mesa library card holders to check out three seed packets per month for free. Choose from a wide variety of seeds for edible plants and herbs. You can find one at Mesa Main and Red Mountain libraries.
- The City of Mesa is debuting our brand new Know Your H2O Water Calculator. Tell us about your household, and we'll tell you how much water you should be using. Compare to your actual usage and if you're using too much, check out our recommended resources. Mesa residents can even request a water-saving kit!
- Check out Sparky, our eco-spokes-dog to learn about why it's so important to pick up pet waste in this seriously funny video.
- Sign up for our monthly Living Green Events eNewsletter and get tips like this every month. Just go to our eNotifications Page and select the Living Green box to sign up. You can also follow us on Living Green Mesa Twitter.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
|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, Doug Ducey.
- 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 Clubfeatures 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.
- The alliance to save energy teaches you how to defeat Energy Hogs.
- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Especially for Kids.
- Be an ASU Ecology Explorer.
- Tread Lightly has some real fun games to play.
- Learn water facts and more at the Water Education learning center.
- Got something to recycle? Search for a solution at Earth911.
- Get Wise about the environment and our limited resources.
- Kids Environment is a great place to discover, explore and learn about the environment we live in today.