Being good to the earth is a critical part of what we aim to achieve through a sustainable mission. So we look forward to greeting Earth Day – an annual reminder for us all to take an extra step, by improving our habits and finding new ways to make the future a little greener.
The official Earth Day – today, April 22 – marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” and these initiatives for the first Earth Day evolved into the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
Since then, networks of supporters have helped to build awareness of our environmental issues and what we can all do to make a difference. In the spirit of celebrating and promoting the Earth Day message, GreenChoice Bank has pledged its support as title sponsor of the “GreenChoice Bank 5k for Earth Day” event, Saturday, April 27, in Humboldt Park. With the backing of city councilmen Joe Moreno of the 1st Ward and Roberto Maldonado of the 26th Ward, the event is an integral part of the community's green initiatives and features a solar powered stage, an ambitious recycling program and composting of the event’s waste.
The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with a family-friendly 5k run/walk and will culminate at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Pavilion, 1301 N. Humboldt Blvd., with a free Green Market featuring local farmers with organic produce, organizations offering opportunities for health and environmental education, great music and family fun.
Here are a few ways event attendees can join the “green” initiative:
Ride share – create a free PickupPal account and ride share to the race. PickupPal members can complete a profile, upload a photo or use Facebook to drive or arrange rides with other members. PickupPal can also help members track the number of rides they have given or received, the number of miles they have traveled through ride sharing and their reduced emissions.
Donate clothes – since the start time can be chilly, race participants are encouraged to bring "sheddable" layers they'd like to offer for donation as they warm up at the race’s step off.
Donate shoes – if you have a gently-used pair or two of running shoes, consider depositing them in the race receptacles – they’ll find a great new home through Ecology Shoes and Nike USA.
We hope you’ll make this an eventful, green Earth Day with your friends and family! Enter the coupon code “GCB” to save $5 off your race registration. Runners and walkers will be invited to pick up their chip, bib race number and reusable tote bag at GreenChoice Bank’s Green Exchange branch on Thursday, April 25 and Friday April, 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.
If you won’t be available to run, walk or celebrate with us, consider contributing your time through a clean-up of one of your local parks or check out http://act.earthday.org/ and see how your greener actions measure up with their carbon calculator.
Have other thoughts on how we can all do good by doing green? Share your suggestions on our blog and on Facebook and together, we can all do great work for the earth!