8 #SuperGreen Events for Earth Day 2015

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To mark this year’s Earth Day which is coming up on April 22nd, we decided to highlight some of the more original Earth Day events happening around the country.

Image credit Sean McGrath.

Image credit Sean McGrath.

A little background on Earth Day that we didn’t know until this year: Earth Day has been around since 1970, thought up by a US Senator and drawing about 20 million participants to celebrate it that first time. Many consider the first Earth Day to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since then, the holiday has gained a lot of ground, these days being celebrated in most countries around the world, and providing lots of opportunities for people to do something cool for the planet.

Here are some #supergreen Earth Day 2015 events that we think are well worth getting involved in. Check it out and see if there’s one happening near you.

  1. NYCEarth Day New York 2015 will offer a smorgasbord of sustainability, with planet-friendly fashion, health products, design, and presentations from sustainability thought leaders. They’ll even be holding their first 5K Walk & Green Tour around the city!

  2. Palo AltoDine Out for the Earth is an annual food celebration and fundraiser, held in two cities (the Denver event was on April 12th), featuring a six-course meal of sustainable, locally sourced cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs, beer from local breweries and entertainment, with proceeds going to Rock the Earth. Rock the Earth is a national nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending our natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the worldwide environmental community.

  3. Austin – Austin’s Earth Day Festival will feature a lineup of intercultural music and dance, from Polynesian to Capoeira! If you need a more chill space to celebrate our planet, no worries – There’s also a Zen Zone for you.

  4. PortlandPortland’s Largest Garage Sale is super-sustainable and community-oriented, with tons of recycled goods to make use of. And plenty of restrooms on-site, in case you were worried about that.

  5. Washington, DC – The Global Citizen Concert, organized by the Global Poverty Project and Earth Day Network, strives to raise awareness and advocacy to combat climate change and extreme poverty. It will feature headliners including No Doubt, Usher, and Chris Martin. Oh, and it’s free!

  6. Gatlinburg – Gatlinburg gives you a chance to get out and enjoy nature while at the same time helping it with the city’s annual Earth Day 5K. Proceeds go to education and green initiatives via the Chamber Foundation.

  7. Seattle – As part of Earth Day 2015 celebrations, the progressive city kicks off construction on its long awaited Habitat for Humanity project House of the Immediate Future, a super-sustainable design that has been in the works since the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

  8. Global – Want to be a part of something big? In 2011, the Nature Conservancy launched Picnic for the Planet, which holds the record for the Guinness Book of World Records’s largest outdoor picnic, with 350+ cities around the world participating.

There are a lot of ways to get involved in Earth Day 2015, depending on where you are. Are you already planning to join in, or even hosting a #supergreen event yourself? If you’re taking part in an Earth Day 2015 event, tell us about it via Twitter (hashtag #supergreen).

And as always, for your events, try out the benefits of the SquadUP app, which makes event planning simple and social. Happy Earth Day!

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