Sustainable Walnut Creek

Earth Month 2024

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🌍🌿 Join Us for Earth Month Celebrations throughout April 2024

Learn, engage & act to support the planet! Walnut Creek Earth Month 2024 brings together organizations that advocate for environmental, community, and personal health with a week of engaging events.

When: April 2024: Free live and online events to raise awareness and promote local organizations and businesses that support the environment and create healthier communities.

  • Weekly Workshops – April 2024: Enhance your eco-knowledge with specialized sessions. From pollinator protection to waste reduction, each workshop is designed to empower you with actionable sustainability skills.
  • Celebration Day – April 20th, 2024: A day packed with excitement from 11 AM to 4 PM. Revel in the joy of eco-conscious living with live music, games, and engaging demonstrations for all ages.


Agenda


Workshops

Enhance your eco-knowledge with specialized workshops. Each session is designed to empower you with actionable sustainability skills, such as pollinator protection and waste reduction. 

  • Composting with Worms, April 4, 4-6pm (Sponsored by RecycleSmart)
    Location: Heather Farm Park, Club House (301 N San Carlos Drive/ Walnut Creek, CA 94598)
    This lecture-style workshop covers the basics of backyard composting (hot/cold composting), Vermicomposting, mulching and grasscycling, with time for Q&A and troubleshooting. Marian Woodard, compost expert, worm wrangler, teacher, and Master Gardener will be your instructor. Marian also manages the beautiful Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center in Pleasant Hill.
    Children are encouraged to attend. This workshop is a great introduction to home composting for families, young children, and everyone who wants to reuse natural organic material, decrease landfill use, and fertilize the soil beneath us.
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  • Pollinator and Friends Day, April 6, 10-4pm (Sponsored by Ruth Bancroft Garden)
    Location: The Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery – Walnut Creek
    On April 6th, from 10 AM to 4 PM, they invite you to join their annual Pollinator and Friends Event, a family-friendly event with education, food, vendors, and various activities that celebrate pollinators and other garden friends! Please visit the Garden’s event website to RSVP and learn more
    We are pleased to have the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery participating in Sustainable Walnut Creek’s Earth Month festivities this year. The Garden is a community gem that both displays and educates the public about climate resilient plants and sustainable horticulture practices.
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  • Sustainable Fashion Workshop, April 8, 5-6;30pm and April 15, 5-6;30pm
    Location: Walnut Creek Library / Downtown
    Room: Room: Las Tampas, 2nd floor
    Join our sustainable fashion workshop, ‘Renew & Reuse: Creative Clothing Revival’, and breathe new life into your old or damaged clothes. In this 1 hour and 30-minute session, we’re not just fixing holes; we’re reinventing your wardrobe. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned crafter, our experienced instructor, Ellie (find her on Facebook under SparkEllie), will guide you through the process of transforming your worn-out garments into unique, fashionable pieces. We provide all the materials you need to patch, embellish, or completely redesign your clothing, promoting sustainable living through the art of upcycling. Don’t let your favorite pieces go to waste—let’s give them a second, stylish life together!
    April 8th Free Tickets April 15th Free Tickets
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  • The Fight for Clean Air: Industrial Incidents and Community Activism,
    April 18, 4-5:30 pm
    Location: Zoom
    As currently planned, our panel will include Michael Kent, Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Ombudsman and staff for the Hazardous Materials Commission; Heidi Taylor from Healthy Martinez; Marisol Cantu, Richmond Progressive Alliance, AB 617 Community Steering Committee Co-lead; and a representative from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Audience questions will be collected and answered through the Zoom chat. The Library will provide closed captioning for this event, and the Library and LWVDV are underwriting simultaneous Spanish translation. After the event, this program will be recorded and uploaded to the Library and LWVDV YouTube channels.Get Free Tickets
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  • Plan(e)t based Diet Workshop, April 19, 4-5pm
    Location: Walnut Creek Library/ Downtown
    Discover the transformative power of vegetables in our enlightening 1-hour event, ‘How Vegetables Can Change Your Life.’ This session is designed to inspire and educate on the profound impact that incorporating more vegetables into your diet can have on your health, well-being, and the environment. Our engaging speaker April Capil will guide you through the nutritional benefits of a vegetable-rich diet, share easy and delicious ways to include more greens in your daily meals, and discuss the positive effects on physical health, mental clarity, and environmental sustainability. Whether you’re a veggie lover or looking to improve your eating habits, this event will provide valuable insights and practical tips to enhance your life through the power of vegetables. Join us and start your journey towards a healthier, happier you!
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  • Climate Walk, Apr 22, 9-11am
    Meeting point: Civic Park Gazebo / Walnut Creek
    Room: Las Tampas, 2nd floor

    Join us for an enlightening “Climate Walk at Civic Park” this Earth Month, led by the knowledgeable Bob Simmons. Experience a captivating tour around Walnut Creek’s cherished creek, where you’ll witness firsthand the fruitful outcomes of various initiatives aimed at revitalizing the native plant life and enhancing the local ecosystem. This inspiring walk promises to be a journey through the heart of Walnut Creek’s natural beauty, showcasing the power of community-driven environmental conservation. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature and learn about our local sustainability efforts!
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Earth Day Celebration – Saturday, April 20th – from 11 am to 4 pm.

Entertainment

  • EarthCapades (11:00 to 11:30 am and 1:30 to 2 pm): Laugh and learn with EcoCircus Entertainment.
  • Michael Sullivan (11:30 and 3:00 pm): Sing along with Michael and his Eco Guitar.
  • Kids Zone (11 am to 4 pm): Interactive, eco-friendly fun awaits! Crafts, games, and learning activities teach children about environmental care in an engaging way.
  • Ukulele/UU Ukes & Friends (12:30 pm): Strumming harmony, this group brings joy with lively ukulele performances that unite and uplift audiences of all ages.
  • APAPA Orchestra (1:00 pm): Experience the fusion of traditional and contemporary music as this orchestra showcases the beauty of Asian Pacific American heritage through melody.
  • Trashy Fashion Show (2:00 pm): A creative spectacle, this show combines fashion and sustainability, featuring outfits ingeniously crafted from recycled materials, making eco-consciousness stylish.

Food

  • A variety of food trucks will provide delicious lunches.

Parking

  • Walnut Creek Library and Civic Park parking lot.

Go by bike

  • There are several bike lockers close to Civic Park, see link below.

RSVP is encouraged


Sponsors

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Event History

A small idea for a Walnut Creek eco-art contest has blossomed into a full month of learning about, creating, and having fun with sustainability. In 2019, Robert Joe, the founder of Sustainable Walnut Creek, organized a youth eco-art contest to raise awareness of sustainable living practices. This was the only event of its kind in the Bay Area.

This event has evolved into a community-wide undertaking for the public in and around Walnut Creek. It has grown over the years and expanded to an entire month of activities called Walnut Creek Earth Month. It starts the first week of April and ends on Earth Day with a celebration event.

The goal is to bring the community, local organizations, and small businesses together to promote sustainable lifestyles and stress the importance of advocating for an environmentally-friendly and healthy city. Jackie Garcia Mann, a co-organizer with 350 Contra Costa, says, “Events all week will welcome the community to learn, engage, and take action for the planet.”

“We hope sustainability will be integrated into every part of our local communities. The expert workshops series are meant to provide a perspective on where your local engagement will make a difference,” says co-organizer and Climate Reality Leader Nadine Hammer. “Every day has a different theme, such as reducing plastic waste, home building electrification, or youth climate activism.”

Bob Joe is thrilled with the growth of his simple idea. “This is a team effort, and I appreciate the energy and passion of all the people and organizations involved. Clearly there is a strong interest in how sustainability can make our world a better place.


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