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Earth Day Houston to Celebrate 10 Wonderful Years
HOUSTON, TEXAS, February 18, 2015 — Earth Day Houston will celebrate 10 years on Saturday, April 11 at Discovery Green in the vibrant downtown area. Lead sponsor Waste Management is returning for its 4th year.
“Earth Day Houston is a time for celebration,” said Sara Heald, Development Director at Air Alliance & Festival Director of Earth Day Houston. “Over the past ten years we’ve seen an outpouring of support for this event. Last year over 15,000 Houstonians came out to support the cause. Living in the energy capital of the world makes this day so relevant. We must all do what we can to create awareness and protect our planet – right here at home!”
Developed and presented by local nonprofit Air Alliance Houston, Earth Day provides an interactive framework to exchange best practices and educate the community at large on ways to keep the planet green and healthy. This year’s event is expected to draw a crowd of more than 15,000 festival attendees.
A wide range of businesses and organizations will be on hand to exhibit products and discuss their missions to the rapidly growing green market at Houston’s largest environmental celebration. Exhibitor zones will include water, land, air, sustainability, healthy living, kids, local fare, eco art, wildlife, recycling and green expo. Event sponsors range from multinational corporations who partner locally with Air Alliance, to local governmental agencies, non-profits and businesses who value the opportunity to participate in this event as it grows and reaches more people each year.
Earth Day Houston is marking its tenth year running with increased sustainable initiatives, a new logo, new website, new acoustic stage, new Messina Hof wine garden and a new recycling zone.
The new logo, created by Acumen Design in Houston, provides a three-window representation of the earth that includes the Houston skyline, a sunburst and green space. “The logo symbolizes Houston’s efforts of being a greener city,” says Jerry Alexander, Owner of Acumen Design. “Each pane is made to represent our city growing and transitioning every new day to a greener state in various different ways and in different physical locations. This is shown from the panes going left to right. The colors in the logo also represent a transition to clean thinking, using a bright palate that embodies nature, cleanliness and health.”
In addition to the official Earth Day Houston on April 11, the ten-year anniversary brings with it a range of month-long celebrations. In January, the Earth Day Art Contest was announced for Houston-area students in third through twelfth grades, selected contest winners are currently listed on the new Earth Day website. The winning artwork will be sold at auction to raise money for the winning schools’ art programs and Air Alliance Houston. The Partnership Appreciation Party will be held on April 2, followed by an Environmental Justice Networking & Educational Panel on April 6. City Hall is joining the month-long celebration by illuminating the building with green light each night after dusk beginning April 3, and then hosting the City Hall Farmer’s Market on April 8.
“Waste Management is excited to be a part of Earth Day Houston said Lisa Doughty, Public Affairs Manager, Waste Management. “This event has something for everyone regardless of your age. The Waste Management booth will be offering recycling classes during the festival to help promote our new education program: Recycle Often. Recycle Right.”
Event details, sponsor and exhibitor registration, and volunteer information is available online at earthdayhouston.org.
Port of Houston Authority
Vital Allergy & Asthma Center
Mayor Annise D. Parker
Houston Give 5
TEI – Traffic Engineers, Inc.
Buchanan’s Native Plants
Bayou Preservation Association
Air Alliance Houston
Houston Parks & Recreation Dept
University of Houston
Blackwood Educational Land Institute
Texas Art Asylum
Bat Conservation International
Solid Waste Management
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About Air Alliance Houston
Air Alliance Houston is a community partner and resource for the best quality of life and a source for the best Houston air quality knowledge. Air Alliance provides tools for a healthier life and advocates for communities’ improved health and air quality by working with the community, other organizations, health and regulatory professionals, and industry leaders to make Houston a healthier place to live and work.