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Earth Day 2011: Chicago's Contributions to a Billion Acts of Green

By Staff in News on Apr 20, 2011 6:20PM


Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd and this year the Earth Day Network is striving to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio+20, a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. To contribute, attend a local event:

  • Earth Day on Daley Plaza: Join the Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP) team and partners to hear what local organizations and businesses are doing to make Chicago more environmentally sound and find out how you can contribute to the movement. Receive a free eco-friendly gift while supplies last. Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Daley Plaza. Free.
  • Earth, Wine and Fire: This ecological benefit features art, entertainment, nature exhibits, food and beverages, all in an effort to induce conversation about greening the community. 6:30-11 p.m., Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. $25 in advance; $35 on event day.
  • Sierra Club Earth Day Adopt-A-Beach: Wander through nature, explore urban wildlife, and clean Montrose Beach. Montrose Beach House, Saturday. Nature Tour begins at 7:00 a.m. and Beach Sweep from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Free.
  • 2nd Annual 5K for Earth Day Run/Walk: The 5K run/walk celebrates health, the mainstream green movement, environmental education, and diverse community engagement. The race is followed by a Green Living Expo. Saturday, 8 a.m., Humboldt Park. Registration $30 and $35 on race day.
  • Earth Day Workshops by Urban Habitat Chicago: Learn about organic gardening, stormwater management, and vermicomposting. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Saturday. $15 per workshop for non-members; $10 for UHC members.
  • Earth Day at Simons Park: Clean-up a local park while gaining knowledge about the planet and its resources. 1640 N. Drake Ave. Saturday, 9-11 a.m. Free.

Elisa Revello