Nashville To Hold Earth Day Festival On Saturday
Festival Celebrates Green Living with Live music, Beer Garden, Reuse Village, 100’s of exhibitors, remarks from Mayor Karl Dean
Join Metro Nashville and Davidson County for our 14th Annual Earth Day celebration. This fun, free, and family-friendly festival inspires green living, raises awareness about environmental protection, and builds community.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy great food, live performances, local and earth friendly products, and eco-friendly crafts and activities for kids!
When: Saturday April 18 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park, 2500 West End Avenue
In April 2010, Mayor Karl Dean created the Office of Environment and Sustainability to collaborate governmental and community partners to ensure that Nashville continues to be a livable city with clean air, clean water, open space, transportation options, and responsible resource use to sustain present and future generations. By highlighting environmental awareness and action as well as showcasing environmentally-friendly goods, products, and ideas, Nashville’s Earth Day Festival plays an important role in Mayor Karl Dean’s goal, together with Nashvillians, of making Nashville even greener. Each year, Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is attended by thousands.
“We have made tremendous progress toward a greener community in recent years,” said Randy Lovett, Public Works Director. “Nashville’s Earth Day Festival continues to raise awareness of important environmental issues while also providing a fun day for the community to come together and develop an even greater sense of pride in continued protection and enhancement of Nashville’s spectacular natural beauty.”
Festival highlights include:
- Exhibitors – Over 100 nonprofit organizations and environmentally friendly businesses will display a variety of topics including recycling and waste reduction, water conservation, outdoor activities, green living, energy conservation and more.
- Reuse Village – New this year!! This interactive program showcases the creative possibilities of reuse. Sponsored by Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Metro Public Works Beautification, and Piedmont Natural Gas, Reuse Village provides creative activities for children and adults, and include:
- Make and take:
- Earth sculpture based on the creations of local artist Kaaren Engel
- Scarf (bring an old t-shirt)
- Bubble Blowing, energy efficient tips and demonstrations, and more.
- Recycling and Drop-off Opportunities:
- Usable Clothing – Bring usable clothing for donation to the Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee exhibit.
- Mercury Thermometers – Bring your old mercury thermometer and exchange it for a digital thermometer at the Metro Beautification/Public Works booth.
- Handheld Electronics, batteries and CFL’s – Bring your old hand-held electronics (cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, digital picture frames, e-readers, etc.), batteries (rechargeable or household) and compact fluorescent bulbs for proper recycling at the Metro Beautification/Public Works booth.
- Unused or Expired Pharmaceuticals – Bring your unused or expired pharmaceuticals for safe and proper disposal at the Metro Nashville Police Department’s exhibit.
- Creative Supplies – visit the Reuse village and bring creative supplies (check nashvilleearthday.org for list of accepted supplies). They also take ink and toner cartridges and used cell phones.
- Canned Food and Dry Goods - bring canned fruit and vegetables as well as packaged dry goods (pasta, rice, oatmeal, crackers, nuts, etc.) for donation to the Community Food Advocates mobile market exhibit.
- Farmer’s Market – The festival will be holding a produce only farmer’s market. Some of Nashville’s local farmers will be on hand to sell fresh produce and talk about the benefits of locally grown food.
- The Green Market – This area provides small local businesses in Middle Tennessee that are actively involved in making their own green products the opportunity to sell them at Earth Day. Handmade soap, local honey, crafts and more will be for sale.
- Beer Garden –21’s and Up!! Drink local beer (Blackstone and Little Harpeth) and help fund local tree plantings and maintenance of trails in Percy Warner Park.
- Children’s Activities – Children’s activities are included in many of the exhibitor booths. Look for the “Children’s Activity” sign.
- Live Music: The Earth Day stage music will have live music and performances all day.
11:00 a.m. – Global Education Center
2:00 p.m. – Mayor Dean
2:10 p.m. – Roots of a Rebellion
3:00 p.m. – HoneyHoney
4:30 p.m. – Rebirth Brass Band
Get to Earth Day Green! Walk, Ride, or Take the Bus
- Free Bike Valet Parking from Walk Bike Nashville -Free bike valet parking is provided by Walk/Bike Nashville.
- Take the Bus – You can get to Centennial Park on the following Metro Transit Authority bus routes:
- West End #3
- Charlotte #10
- University Connector #21
For more festival information visit nashvilleearthday.org.
Earth day Festival 2015 Sponsors
Piedmont Natural Gas, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Lightning 100 – Team Green, Metro Parks & Recreation, Metro Public Works – Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Goodwill of Middle Tennessee, Republic Services, Inc., Stringfellow, Inc., Waste Management, Metro Water Services, Ajax Turner, Nashville Electric Service, The Compost Company, American Chemical Society /Tennessee Scholars, Collier Engineering, Coca-Cola Bottling, Music City Center, The North Face, Walk Bike Nashville and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation