Earth Day celebrations held in St Louis
April 23, 2013 by Mark
St Louis Earth Day Festival for 2013 was held last Sunday, April 21, at Forest Park. The event, held for 24 consecutive years, has been hailed a success as more than 30,000 people attended.
The organizer of the festival thanked local companies and organizations for supporting the day, probably including local print companies that may deal with promotion for the event.
Crowds flocked to the Muny Grounds of Forest Park to take part in activities, enjoy the entertainment, and learn more about sustainable living. Around 250 companies turned up to provide information of their products and services, all of which are sustainable, while organizations and non-profits provided educational activities.
The opening ceremony was performed by Mayor Francis G. Slay who also awarded Earth Day Action Grants to 18 projects, which will enrich the environment and community. Neighborhoods were set out, each offering something different for people, including energy and green building, the Earth Day café, alternative fuels, and eco-conscious transportation.
A large number of attendees took on the Earth Day Challenge, which required people to accomplish two out of three challenges: to use a refillable water bottle, a reusable bag, and reach Forest Park using low impact transportation. An eco-friendly prize was awarded to those who managed two out of three.
The Festival provided a recycling collection service for items difficult to dispose of, like mattresses, carpets, or appliances. This is the third year that the service has been provided at the Festival, which is a testament to its popularity.