April is Earth Month, which includes both Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 27th). We’ve got some tips on how you can make a difference this month and how you can join us in our celebration of our most incredible natural resources.
Earth Day: A Legacy of Civic Engagement
Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has grown into the single largest civic-focused day of action event in the world with estimates of more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now taking part. Started the same year, Earth Month shines a spotlight on activities focused on awareness and the sharing of knowledge about environmental and social economic issues with the hope that such activities will continue throughout the year. It has become a time for individuals, families, friends, co-workers and business to focus on what’s going on with the earth and take action locally and globally.
You can join in the action at any of Hartford’s local events such as KNOX’s Green Team Event at Parker Community Center on April 21st, BiCi Co’s Bike Safety Class on April 22nd, and the Upper Albany Clean Up on April 28th. For more activities happening in Hartford, check out our Spring Roundup.
Arbor Day: In Recognition of Our Trees
In honor of Arbor Day, keep a look out on your local Hartford trees. Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by Julius Sterling Morton as a special day to plant trees and recognize their importance in our neighborhoods, towns, cities and everyday life. It is a day for celebrations! The Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with the Tree Advisory Commission, will be tagging the trees with their species and their benefits in honor of all that they do for us every day just by being there and staying healthy. Check out our tree page for more information.
What Can You Do?
Here are a few tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. For even more tips, check out EarthDay.org.
- SAVE WATER: Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head. Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy. Learn more at MDC. Save water and money by participating in the Office of Sustainability’s Retain the Rain program.
- REDUCE your carbon footprint: Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation. No bike? Check out LimeBikes, which are coming to town this year.
- RECYCLE: Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year. Find out more about recycling rules at DPW.
- REUSE: Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee. Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws. Bring reusable bags when you shop. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag. Want to scale up your efforts? Learn more about how Hartford School System is reducing its food waste or community gardens are feeding the city by participating in the Advisory Commission on Food Policy.
- THINK LOCAL: Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm or frequent one of Hartford’s eight local farmers’ market. Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group. Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer.
- SAVE ENERGY: Turn off lights when you leave a room. Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using, including turning off your computer at night. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise). Start by assessing the energy efficiency of your home with the ENERGY STAR yardstick. Check out Energize CT for more information on rebates and incentives.
Enjoy nature this month and don’t forget: WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER!
Photo: Bushnell Park