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Saturday to be busy, productive day for Nashville


Earth Day Festival, Mayor Megan Barry’s Citywide Spring Clean, & Metro Public Health Department Backyard Inspection Day All Scheduled for Saturday

Nashville’s 15th Annual Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free event with live entertainment and music throughout the day. The Festival will feature exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting the environment and living green. 100’s of vendor and exhibitor booths will be on site. Booths will feature environmentally themed products and information. Metro Government exhibitors include Metro Farmers Market, Metro Public Library (seed exchange), MTA, Metro Public Health Department, Metro Nashville Police Department, Metro Parks and Recreation, Nature and History Centers, Metro Water Services, Stormwater, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission. Other booths include multiple state and other governmental agencies, community groups, and environmental organizations.

The Festival hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and will be held in Centennial Park located on 2500 West End Avenue.

2016 Earth Day Festival Highlights

  • Live music and entertainment, featuring the Wood Brothers, will begin at 11am on the youth stage hosted by the Global Education Center and will continue from 2pm to 6 pm on the main stage.
    • Earth Day Stage Schedule – Live music and performances all day.
      • 11:00 a.m. Global Education Center International Music & Dance
      • 2:00 p.m. Mr. Steve & Friends
      • 3:00 p.m. SHEL
      • 4:15 p.m. The Wood Brothers
  • Green Market – Buy locally grown produce and locally made products in the Green Market.
  • Beer Garden –Enjoy some locally brewed beer in the Beer Garden located near the Stage (21 years and up).
  • Recycling & Disposal Drop-off Opportunities – This year at the Nashville Earth Day Festival, you will be able to recycle and/or properly dispose of some of your household goods.
    • Usable Clothing, Shoes and Books can be donated at the Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee exhibit.
    • Handheld Electronics, batteries and CFL’s can be brought to the Metro Beautification/Public Works booth.
    • Unused or Expired Pharmaceuticals can be brought to the Metro Nashville Police Department’s exhibit.
    • Creative Supplies like paper, paint brushes, crayons, markers, craft tools, fabric, etc. can be brought to the Turnip Green Creative Reuse exhibit.
    • Canned Food and Dry Goods can be donated at the Community Food Advocates mobile market exhibit.
  • Children’s Educational Activities – Many of the Earth Day exhibitors will have special educational activity for children.

Additional highlights of the festival include the 1st annual “Recyku” poetry contest. Metro Beautification launched a recycling themed Haiku poetry contest that encouraged writers to submit their best original Haiku that reflects upon the spirit of recycling. The social media contest pulled in over 40 entries with 3 winners from the student division and 3 winners from the adult division. The winners will take the earth day stage to share their work at 4:00pm.

Student winning entries

Aiyanna Barnes
Trees save our planet
Trees help people breath and live
Recycle paper

Ava Sjursen
Falling down dark depths
Tossed around inside machines
I am new once more

Solomon Chan
Fresh things created.
Recycling helps the world.
Changing trash to new.

Adult winning entries

Clay Ezell
What we make...reuse,
Or the planet gets the blues,
If we snooze we lose

Carrington Fox
In the backyard coop
chickens devour kitchen scraps
Trash bin goes hungry

Bill Ward
While in the office
are you kidding me Janet!?
please use the blue bin

2016 Earth Day Festival sponsors are Piedmont Natural Gas, Metro Parks and Recreation, Republic Services, Goodwill Industries, Comcast, Lightning 100, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Waste Management, Metro Public Works/Beautification & Environment Commission, Stringfellow, Metro Water Services, Collier Engineering Co., Inc., Nashville Electric Services, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, The Compost Company, Ajax Turner Co., Inc., Coca-Cola Consolidated, Dynamic Recycling, oneCITY, Walk Bike Nashville.

For more information about Earth Day, visit Nashville Earth Day or connect with us on Facebook - NashvilleEarthDay or twitter - @NashEarthFest. Questions about the festival may be sent via email to:

Earlier in the day on Saturday, Nashville’s first Citywide Spring Clean event will take place. “Together we can spruce up Nashville and keep our city beautiful”, said Mayor Megan Barry. Mayor Barry’s Spring Cleanup has inspired and motivated Nashvillians to action. To date there are a total of 56 cleanups and beautification events scheduled for April 23. This day will be a historic day for the city with the number of cleanups. 2016 has also surpassed the number of cleanups held in Nashville during the 3 month Great American Cleanup. It is not too late to volunteer for or organize a neighborhood clean-up or beautification event. See attached flyer for more details or visit: This week, Metro Council adopted a Memorializing resolution, recognizing efforts and the importance of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup and designating March, April and May 2016 as “Great American Cleanup Months” in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. See attached

Also on Saturday, the Metro Public Health Department will hold their 12th annual Backyard Inspection Day from 9am to Noon on Saturday. The Health Department and community volunteers will be in the Bellevue and Hermitage areas, going door to door offering backyard inspections to help residents learn how they can take action to reduce the mosquito population. In addition to the inspections, homeowners will learn how to protect themselves from biting mosquitoes.

The Health Department asks residents within the targeted area to call 615-340-8922 to request an inspection of their property. Or for the latest information about mosquitoes visit the Health Department's Mosquito Information page.