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Earth Day Coalition announces ‘EarthFest 2014 Celebrating the Year of Zero Waste

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Event to be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In partnership with Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and ZeroWasteNEO EarthFest 2014 will be celebrating the “Year of Zero Waste

This year’s EarthFest 2014 will feature over 250 exhibits that cover such diverse subjects as Zero Waste, Local and Sustainable Food, Green Home and Garden, Advanced and Renewable Energy, Clean Transportation (with Ride and Drive), Family Fun, Health and Fitness, Community Works and Environmental Science.

This is a great place for environmentally conscience families to spend the day being entertained as well as enlightened. The event will feature biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, all day music, urban farm animals, pony rides, petting zoos, and great food from local food trucks (that support the “live local, buy local, work local” initiative, local microbrew and vintners specialists and a whole lot more. EarthFest was begun in 1990 and is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

Here are some of the key events for EarthFest 2014

Zero Waste Workshop
Join Diane Bicket, Doreen Schreiber and Kathleen Rocco of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District to learn about curbside recycling, composting and the disposing of items not included in curbside pick-up.

Ton of Trash Display
The average family throws away a lot of “stuff” in a year’s time. Find out what percentage can be recycled or composted in order to spell relief for our landfills.

Zero Emissions for Zero Waste
During the entire event, members of Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op will be running rickshaws to collect items collected at the various recycling and composting stations throughout the fairgrounds. At each collection site, volunteers will be there to instruct guests as to proper composting and recycling practices.

Annual Earth Day Coalition Art, Poetry and Essay Contest
K through 12th grade students are invited to participate in the annual Earth Day Coalition’s Art, Poetry and Essay contest. This year’s contest theme is “What can everyone do in their households to reduce waste”. Winning entries will receive free admission to EarthFest and be invited to participate in the welcoming ceremonies where the Hope and Stanley Adelstein Award for Excellence will be awarded as well as a cash prize. Entry forms are found at the Earth Day Coalition website at http://www.earthdaycoalition.org/.

Tickets for the event are $4.00 for children age 2-11 and $8.00 for all others age 12 and older

There are also a number of ways to attend the event for free

• Be under the age of 2
• Ride and park your bicycle in the designated bicycle valet parking area
• Ride RTA’s Red Line (regular fair) to the Brookpark Rapid Station where a free EarthFest shuttle will transport you to the fairgrounds and free admission.
• All current Earth Day Coalition Members (join on site for $35.00 individual or $50.00 family or online). Membership also includes an invite to the VEP (Very Environmental Persons) hospitality area catered by Nature’s Bin.
• All Teachers and their immediate family members (must present current school ID)

For exhibitor, sponsorship and volunteer contact cyoka@earthdaycoalition.org (or dial extension 231). Call (216) 281-6468 or visit www.earthdaycoalition.org for general event information and updates.

Established in 1990, Earth Day Coalition's mission is to provide education, inspire leadership, and encourage action for a healthy environment. Earth Day Coalition's year-round Community Works programs include: Student Environmental Leadership, Clean Transportation, Neighborhood Action, and EarthFest. EarthFest is Ohio's largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

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