Friday, April 23, 2010

At Earth Day Celebration, Zero Is The Hero

Here's some information from the municipality on the Earth Day celebration at Mt. Lebanon Park scheduled for Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  This is always a fun party but will be all the more special this year thanks to its emphasis on zero waste generation.  Yes, zero is the new black -- zero waste, net zero energy buildings -- and it's all about taking care of the planet alongside a mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle.  More info below.  Thanks to the Mt. Lebanon municipality for giving this year's Earth Day event special meaning!

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Earth Day Celebration Hopes To Can The Trash

 Is it possible to get the family together to celebrate Earth Day, eat delicious food, shop with local farmers, learn about conservation and sustainability, create crafts and listen to music and poetry with hundreds of other people…all without generating even one piece of trash? A local grassroots volunteer group is going to try at this year’s Earth Day in Mt. Lebanon, in Mt. Lebanon Park, Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 This year’s event will be unusual because the group is aiming for a Zero Waste Certification, from Zero Waste Pittsburgh, a program of the Pennsylvania Resources Council. Zero Waste has a goal of encouraging people to reuse what would previously be considered trash, in the hopes of eventually generating no true garbage. The park will have NO TRASH CANS for the event. Everything will either be recycled or put into a bin for composting, with volunteers to help revelers know where to put it. The organizers will turn their data into Zero Waste Pittsburgh and the certification would come after the event.

 Last year’s event drew several hundred people. Attendees this year can check out solar panel demonstrations, shop for handmade glassware and jewelry, sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), purchase fresh herbs and learn the latest environmental efforts by local utility companies.

 Admission is free and the event is sponsored by Mt. Lebanon Municipality, Gateway Engineers, Aladdin’s Eatery, Janice Caputo of Coldwell Banker and The Savvy Fox. For details and schedules, go to: http://earthdaymtlebanon.org/.