Earth Day 2011

Happy Earth Day, ya treehuggers!


Yep, it's Earth Day, the one day out of the year we're asked to act like we should all the time. Some activities to consider:

>> Georgia Tech hosts its 14th annual Earth Day Celebration today until 10 p.m. Stop by and you'll find "exhibitors, eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange, live music, and organic popcorn." The event's expected to draw nearly 3,000 people — and even include an appearance by Captain Planet, Ziggy Stardust's cousin. According to the website, the captain will face off against "Bag Monster" at noon.
>> Tomorrow you'll want to stop by Turner Field for Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith's annual e-recycling day. The eco-minded politico is big on helping folks get rid of old TVs and VCRs, among other household electronic device, and will have trucks and crews waiting to haul off your junk. This year Smith is adding unused paint to the list of items she'll be accepting at the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details here.
>> Park Pride, one of Atlanta's biggest greenspace champions, is holding clean-ups in Kirkwood and Woodruff Park today and tomorrow. More details here.

The Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club has a good list of activities, including Woodstock's inaugural Earth Day celebration and a hiking trip in North Georgia, on its event page along the right hand menu. Trees Atlanta is hosting a bicycle tour that starts at its Reynoldstown headquarters to learn about, well, trees. If you're a nonprofit and are hosting an eco-event we've missed, feel free to leave it in the comments. (Marketers and PR types be warned: We'll delete your comment if you're trying to hawk some wannabe green product.)

If you can't attend any of the above, don't fret. Consider ditching your car for transit at least a few days out of the week, get rid of your wasteful light bulbs, install water-saving fixtures, or sign up to help clean up the Beltline.

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