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Earth Day Phoenix 2011

The official Phoenix celebration of Earth Day will be held on Thursday, April 21 in Cesar Chavez Plaza from 11-2. The City of Phoenix Sustainability HUB will showcase most of the city’s sustainable programs in one location near Jefferson Street.

Within the  100 other booths you’ll find reusable grocery bags, Sun Chips (in the newly reformulated environmental bag), samples from Coke and Nestle Water as well as hot-dogs provided by Republic Services.

Come by and learn more about what YOU can do for the environment in your every day life.

Details:

What:                Earth Day Phoenix 2011
Date:                Thursday, April 21
Time:                11 AM to 2 PM
Location:          Cesar Chavez Plaza  (2nd Ave between Jefferson & Washington)
Who:                Everyone welcome
Cost:                FREE

At Phoenix event, Chicago mayor urges sustainability

Chicago City Hall rooftop garden[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic] — Great global cities of the future must make sustainability a top priority, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley told Phoenix residents on Tuesday as part of an Earth Day event.  “Cities are no longer enemies of the natural environment,” Daley told about 200 people at a luncheon at the Phoenix Convention Center.  “They’re leading the way in preserving and protecting it.”

The luncheon was part of Valley Forward‘s fifth-annual Livability Summit.  The summit included a series of speeches and discussions with the theme of “Healthy Living in the Desert.”

Daley, who has served as Chicago’s mayor for almost two decades, described a series of efforts the city has made in recent years to improve the environment in Chicago, its suburbs and beyond.  The efforts include rooftop gardens on high-rise buildings that lower temperatures in the summertime, allowing them to be cooled with less energy.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]