City Celebrates the 43rd Anniversary of Earth Week

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To kick off the 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day, Long Beach is continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability and awareness by inviting the community to a free “Grow Eco LB” event on Saturday, April 20, from 10 am to 3 pm at Longfellow Elementary School, 3800 Olive Ave.

“This and other events showcase how Long Beach continues to work hard at being one of the most green and sustainable cities in the nation,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Earth Week is an opportunity to talk to residents about the many city programs available to help them save our natural resources, and to encourage people to make every day Earth Day.”

The “Grow Eco LB” event, which is in collaboration with the City’s Office of Sustainability, Environmental Services Bureau, and Long Beach Water Department, will feature earth-friendly workshops throughout the day, and the opportunity to meet green teams from local schools for hands-on activities for all. Additionally, there will be a free mulch giveaway, document shredding, the SCE Mobile Energy Unit, a solar fountain, and energy bike.

Learn how to use kitchen scraps and other organic materials from the yard to create healthy compost, what gardening practices can build soil, control pests, and conserve water, and tips on how to keep your garden beautiful. All workshop attendees have a chance to win prizes including compost bins, a rain barrel, and earth gardening boxes.

In addition, the community is invited to get involved and celebrate Earth Week 2013 by attending a multitude of events throughout the city, including tree plantings, beach cleanups, nature walks, farmers markets, a day of service, expos and more.

Advanced registration for the Grow ECO workshops is required. For more information about the Earth Week 2013 calendar of events or the City’s sustainable initiatives, visit the City Hall Lobby or go to

Earth Day was established on April 22, 1970 in order to raise awareness of the environment and to instill a sense of responsibility for its state. The City of Long Beach has made Earth Day a weeklong experience, emphasizing what the local community has to offer in working towards becoming a more sustainable city.


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