TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Editor’s note: Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, witnessed the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Information from www.earthday.org.
The 2013 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley. This all ages, community-sponsored event gives participants an opportunity to learn about recycling/composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints via a diverse array of agency representatives and earth-friendly vendors. It is the largest eco-event in North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.
Earth Day is a Zero Waste event. Typical trash receptacles will not be available in an effort to drastically minimize waste. Booth participants are requested to minimize handouts and implement other forms of waste reduction. All food vendors will be using biodegradable take-out containers made of either paper or PLA. Food and biodegradable waste will be collected by volunteers and IVGID Waste Not and composted by Full Circle Compost in Minden, Nevada.
This year’s theme is “Do Another Thing.” All participants are asked to consider and implement their pledge or DOT to help the environment. Participants can also help support the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Foundation is by purchasing raffle tickets to win a selection of great prizes.
Children’s Zone and entertainment
The Tram plaza will come alive for the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival with hands-on stations designed to educate, enrich, and entertain kids of all ages. This year in The Village, kids can get dirty in the Composting Zone, learn how to recycle, learn about solar panels, and get their face fainted. The Science Wizard, a professional children’s entertainer and improv comic, will also perform some of his favorite experiments.
Live music with Sneaky Creatures
Continuing in the tradition of great music at Earth Day, this year will feature Sneaky Creatures, a new mischievous, gypsy jazz/alt-country quintet from the Lake Tahoe area, who have been creeping into the North Lake Tahoe music scene with their truly unique blend music. The Earth Day line up also includes The Sierra Drifters, a four-piece Americana and roots-rock band, and guitarist JJ von Briesen.
Envirolution Trashion Show
Back by popular demand this year is the Envirolution Trashion Show. The Truckee High School Envirolution Club “Trashion” show is a recycling fashion show displaying artsy outfits that students have made themselves out of materials that do not biodegrade easily. Each outfit has a commentary that is both funny and educational, sending a message of positive action; that everyone can consciously work at reducing, reusing, and recycling, and that the time to start is now. The youth involved in Bright Futures provide specific actions that reduce energy use and waste at school sites, homes and businesses by involving more students in making a positive difference.
Free community recycling event
Regional residents and event-goers can drop off old electronic equipment or shred paper. The collection event will occur in The Village parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A complete list of items accepted is available at www.tahoetruckeeearthday.org. Absolutely no hazardous waste including items such as paint or fluorescent light bulbs will be accepted. There is a limit of four boxes per individual to shred. No businesses, please.
For questions regarding this recycling opportunity, contact Nichole Dorr at the Town of Truckee, 530-582-2909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Tahoe Earth Day Foundation
The Tahoe Earth Day Foundation, a non-profit organization was created to educate the general public regarding the Lake Tahoe and Truckee region’s unique beauty and how to preserve and protect it. The means of providing such education includes, but is not limited to, regional Earth Day Festivals that will include environmental and educational booths with focus areas on watershed health, forest health, pollution prevention, alternative energy and waste management. It has also been created to recognize and celebrate the work of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who’s creation of the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970 eventually lead to national legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Visit www.tahoetruckeeearthday.org.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain. The Village at Squaw Valley offers cozy fire pits, restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries and bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony. Squaw Valley hosts numerous events throughout the year, visit squaw.com.