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Four ways to commemorate Earth Day in Downtown Springfield

April 18, 2019

Earth Day will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, but don’t wait until next year to do something. You can take part in the 49th celebration right here in Downtown Springfield.

From humble beginnings, Earth Day has grown into the largest secular observance in the world. More than a billion people around the world use April 22 to do something to make a difference for the environment. Here are four things you can do in Springfield.

Earth Day Ceremony at Park Central Square

Join SGF Environmental Services, James River Basin Partnership, Ozark Greenways and Watershed Committee of the Ozarks for their Earth Day Ceremony at Park Central Square. It’s a ceremonial kickoff to Earth Day cleanups and volunteer opportunities across Springfield.

The event includes a “passing of the torch” ceremony to younger environmental stewards in the community. The organizers hope that through this event, and connecting the community to volunteering opportunities, they can ignite a resurgence in awareness and passion in making every day Earth Day.

Recycle your glass

Have you noticed a bright yellow truck driving around downtown, filled with giant gray barrels? That truck is carrying out an important mission: recycling glass in Downtown Springfield.

Springfield’s Urban Districts Alliance secured a grant from Ozarks Headwaters Recycling and Materials Management District in 2008 to launch a glass recycling initiative. Larry Zehner is the man behind the wheel of the bright yellow truck. He spends about 20 hours per week collecting glass bottles from more than 40 local businesses for recycling. That keeps the glass out of the landfill.

That is no small feat. At the end of the first quarter of 2017, nearly 3 million bottles had been recycled. Think about that before you put your glass bottle in a trash container downtown.

Let tentree help you plant one tree

5 Pound Apparel is famous for carrying brands dedicated to making a difference. One of those brands is tentree and they want to help you plant a tree for Earth Day.

For every item the lifestyle apparel company sells, they plant 10 trees — hence the name. If you buy any tentree item at 5 Pound Apparel, you’ll also receive a free sapling (while supplies last). Your purchase can brighten up your backyard and also help tentree reach its goal of planting 1 billion trees.

Get your learn on and save some money at Discovery Center

Discovery Center of Springfield is teaming up with The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks and Complete Electronics Recycling for a day of Earth-friendly recycling activities and admission of only $7 per person. Discovery Center’s Earth Day with The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks will be held Sunday, April 28, from 1-5 p.m.

Guests can also take part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. If you have a child currently in diapers, arrive at Discovery Center at 12:45 p.m. to be in the change location before 1. Bring or borrow a 100% reusable cloth diaper or trainer to use on your child. The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks will have diapers available.