April 21st, 2010 5:33 pm | by Ott Tammik News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Environment

Earth Day Events


If you're stuck this Earth Day Eve without a plan, let us help.

Here's a sampling of how you can mark the 40th annual Earth Day this April 22.

Portland State University is hosting what it's calling its largest Earth Day yet. Students will be planting gardens, watching eco-documentaries, learning to cook in cob ovens and mixing green cleaning products. On Thursday, PSU will have an Earth Day festival at the South Park Blocks with outdoor musical performances, vendors and sustainable technology demonstrations. Performers include The Soul Mechanics, Morning Teleportation, Everyday Prophets, Luck One, Sudden Anthem and Off the Grid. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and is free.

And at Jefferson High School, students are inviting Portlanders to Jeff's second annual Carbon Footprint Fair. The event takes place in the school's gym, 5200 N Commercial Ave., from 9 am to 3 pm on April 22. Students will help visitors calculate their carbon footprints and offer lessons on how to reduce them.

But why limit the fun to just one day?

Also scheduled to mark Earth Day is a speech by Ron Sims, the deputy director of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, about his vision of an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable America. Sims's keynote will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 10011 SW 12th Ave., on Friday, Apr. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 am. Space is limited and registration is free.

On Saturday, Apr. 24, thousands are expected to volunteer in 125 community project for the Oregon-based nonprofit, SOLV. Volunteers will help clean up litter and illegal dump sites, remove invasive, non-native and preserve watersheds.

Earth Advantage National Center is putting on 5 km. and 10 km. races in Tigard on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, City Repair will host Re-Seeding Our World, a day of arts, entertainment and workshops with more than 115 booths.

And the Regional Livability Summit will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 29 at PSU's Smith Center Ballroom. Alan Jenkins, former civil rights attorney and current director of the advocacy group, The Opportunity Agenda, will speak at the conference from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A
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