Earth Day events abound in Colorado

By Carole Carpenter
Communications Team

Earth Day 2013

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, was the beginning of an annual movement that energized and activated millions of Americans to seek and find ways to protect the natural environment of our country and planet. In Colorado, the tradition continues this year with numerous public events around the state, both on Saturday, April 20, and on the actual Earth Day, Monday, April 22.

Before you check out our Colorado events, you should know that earlier this month Sierra Club launched a national Earth Month campaign called "Get Out” that encourages the public to go outdoors to connect with one another and spend more time in nature. The campaign includes exciting "Re-Play" events where chapters and groups will collect gently used outdoor gear and apparel to sell on eBay and raise funds for local area environmental programs sponsored by The Sierra Club Foundation. If there are no collection events in your area, look for information on how to send your gear on a new adventure by selling on eBay yourself and donating a portion of the proceeds to The Sierra Club Foundation. You can enter the sweepstakes to win a Sierra Club outing to Maui, Hawaii.


Saturday, April 20



Electronic Recycling/Paper Shredding Event. Aurora’s Havana Business Improvement District is holding a free event on Saturday, April 20, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Havana Exchange Shopping Center, 2892 S. Havana St., in front of Bicycle Village. You can recycle your old electronic items at no charge, including PCs, CPUs, towers, laptops, notebooks, cell phones, cords, pagers, monitors, keyboards, printers, copiers, fax machines, mice, wires and even TVs (no charge for recycling big screen TVs). Techno Rescue (303-482-2207), a veteran-owned Aurora company ( will accept the recycled items. You can also bring your confidential documents in bags and boxes for safe, secure shredding on site. There is no limit to the number of bags and boxes that will be accepted during the three-hour event. Shredding will be done by Cornerstone Records Management.



Mountain Area Earth Day Fair. The 2013 Mountain Area Earth Day Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, April 20, at the Evergreen Lake House, 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd., Evergreen. Free shuttle parking will be available at Evergreen High School, 29300 Buffalo Park Rd. Admission is free for all ages and donations are encouraged. The fair features over 50 federal, state, local agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Up-to-date information on critical issues will be available for open discussion and to take home. The event, which was started by Sierra Club Mount Evans Group and Evergreen Audubon 24 years ago, includes live raptors, student improvisational performances, food and much more.


Fort Collins

Earth Day Event. The Sustainable Living Association will host a free Earth Day event on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins. Take a spin in an electric vehicle and learn about the technology behind the design. Kids can join in six different hands-on activities designed to teach about the concepts of “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” You can also watch the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado install a sustainable backyard garden in a day and see just how beautiful and practical these options are for your home. There will be family friendly activities and booths, arts and crafts, live music, speakers, local food, and a beer garden.


Glenwood Springs

Earth Day Event. Sierra Club RMC’s Uncompahgre Group will staff a booth at Glenwood Spring’s Earth Day event (in conjunction with Arbor Fest) at Lincoln Park (corner of 12th St. and Gunnison Ave.) on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Group will support the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) revision of its Regional Management Plan that was last revised in 1987. The BLM has closed hundreds of miles of roads, and a large number of citizens are upset. The Uncompahgre Group supports these roads closings, and at the event we will provide maps for the road closures and comment forms to the BLM. There are also several proposed lands with wilderness characteristics that need public support, and we will be providing information about this, too. We will also have information on recycling in Mesa County, including what can be recycled and where. Finally, we will provide information on fracking and how to respond to this issue.



Earth Day 2013. The Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., will hold the Lakewood Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 20. It is a one-day event showcasing companies, agencies and organizations that provide products, services, resources and information for attendees to make more sustainable choices. Topics included are eco adventure, educational, energy efficiency, environmental, fair trade, health, locally produced, low toxicity, organic, recycled, reduced waste, renewable resource, reusable and sustainable communities.


Monday, April 22

Colorado Springs

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Tour. The Sierra Club RMC Pikes Peak Group and the Armstrong Theater, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado College, Colorado Springs, are co-hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Tour at 7 p.m., Monday, April 22. The event features environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. These films both inform people about the state of the world and inspire them to take action. Go to Earth Month events for more information on this and other happenings in the Pikes Peak region.



"Rid Yourself of Junk" Recycling Event. Do you have electronics, batteries, old furniture or other junk lying around your home or office that you need to get rid of? Bring them from 8 a.m. until noon on Monday, April 22, to the downtown Denver Alliance Center parking lot at 1536 Wynkoop St. If you can carry it in your arms, bring it along! Alliance is partnering with Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 and UNICOR to keep these items out of landfills by providing free recycling of these items. Restricted items include wood, materials containing liquids, refrigerators and hazardous materials. Tours of the EPA building and the Alliance Center will also be available. If you have questions, please contact Megan Stribling at


“Bidder 70” Documentary, Sie Film Center. Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student, in a dazzling act of civil disobedience in 2008, derailed the outgoing Bush administration’s illegal Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction. Tim bid $1.8 million and won 22,000 pristine acres surrounding Utah’s National Parks. He had no intention to pay or drill. Tim was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to 10 years in prison. A personal portrait, “Bidder 70” illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world we live in. The Denver screening of this film will be held on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m., at the Sie Film Center, 2510 East Colfax, Denver (next to the Tattered Cover). The plan is to connect via the Web with DeChristopher after the film, since he will be out of prison by that time. See the trailer link here. More about DeChristopher is available prior to the film. Advance tickets are available at the SIE Film Center.


Earth Day Fair 2013. The Denver City-County Building Plaza, 1437 Bannock St., Denver, will be the location for Earth Day Denver 2013 on Monday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can see the city’s first zero-waste, solar-powered event! It will be 100 percent powered by a portable, solar-PV generator, provided by SolaRover. There will also be a display of the latest technology in near zero emissions electric vehicles.


Auraria Campus Sustainability Fair. Come to downtown Denver’s Auraria Campus Sustainability Fair on April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to live entertainment, local food, and great prizes, this year’s fair will feature the "Closed Loop Food Cycle." Come learn about our food system, what's unsustainable about it, and how we can fix it for the health of our community and our planet. There will also be many vendors and organizations representing each of the Sustainable Campus Program’s categories including renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, alternative transportation, waste diversion, and food/gardens.



Celebrate Earth Day, University of Northern Colorado.  On April 22, come celebrate the earth, our community, and campus by getting engaged in a variety of environmentally sustainable and civically engaged activities that is sponsored by the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership. For the schedule of activities, contact Scott Treas at 970-351-1775 or



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