Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has announced the city's weeks-long celebration of Earth Day on April 22.
The environmental activities will kick off this Saturday with spring plantings in Bloomfield, and will include a plethora of green-related events. Some of the events include a Redd Up neighborhood "blitz" in Greenfield and Hazelwood that will transform a post-demo city lot into a community garden.
In addition, the mayor announced the first-ever "Earth Market" in Market Square, which will also be the site of the fourth-annual free tree giveaway.
"Earth Day celebrations remind us all of our responsibility to take care of our environment by making sustainable choices," Mayor Ravenstahl said. "I encourage residents and families to celebrate our environment in the coming week."
Public Works' Redd Up and Green Up crews have worked throughout the week in the neighborhoods, boarding vacant houses, trimming weeds and trees, and partnering with Hazelwood Initiative to create a new community garden.
The historically renovated Market Square, however, will be the epicenter of this year's Earth Day celebrations. Earth Market – taking place April 23-27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – is a week-long market in honor of Earth Day, geared to share sustainable resources, promote citywide green initiatives and support the growth of the local green economy. The market will bring over a dozen vendors towing sustainable green resources, retail items and recycling services.
"From recycled clothing and beauty products, to repurposed housewares and appliances, to sustainable product demonstrations and giveaways - Earth Market will provide the thousands of passers-bys that visit Market Square with the knowledge and tools needed to live greener, cleaner lifestyles," said Mayor Ravenstahl.
Vendors are still able to sign up until Wednesday, April 18 by contacting the city's sustainability coordinator, Aftyn Giles, at 412-255-2254 or Aftyn.Giles@PittsburghPA.gov. There is no cost to participate.
Attendees are responsible for providing their own tables, chairs, displays and parking. Participants may select any day(s) to participate, including the full week.
At the market on Wednesday, April 25, the city will give away 1,000 evergreen trees in an effort to promote a greener city and reach the Treevitalize Initiative's goal of planting 20,000 trees in the county by the end of 2012. So far, over 13,000 trees have been planted in 57 city neighborhoods by 3,500 volunteers.
To help residents and businesses preserve their confidentiality while going green, the city is partnering with The Paper Exchange and the local ARMA chapter to shred and recycle confidential documents. On Friday, April 27 at Earth Market, and for $5 per box, residents and business owners can shred and recycle confidential documents. It is estimated that one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees.
For a complete listing of city-sponsored Earth Week events and a full list of Earth Market vendors, go to http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/content?i=335 .