EarthFest 2014 hosted by Earth Day Coalition April 13

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Cleveland, OH - Join Earth Day Coalition for EarthFest 2014 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, on Sunday, April 13 from 10 am to 5 pm.

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, this year’s EarthFest will celebrate the “Year of Zero Waste.” EarthFest will feature 250 exhibitors in 9 sustainability exhibit areas including: Zero Waste, Advanced & Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Local & Sustainable Food, Clean Transportation (with Ride & Drive), Health & Fitness, Community Works, Family Fun and Green Home & Garden. Families will enjoy all day entertainment with eco-activities, biodiesel powered amusement park rides, music on 5 stages, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks, the NASA “Village,” Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s mobile planetarium and wildlife rehab exhibits, Valley Exotics Zoo, Jungle Bob with his animal friends, pony rides and much more…

Presented and organized by Earth Day Coalition since 1990, EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF ZERO WASTE

• Learn how to make your lifestyle less wasteful by participating in on our first ever workshop series. Presented by Diane Bicket, Doreen Schreiber and Kathleen Rocco of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, guests will have an opportunity to learn about everything from curbside recycling, backyard composting and how to dispose of items that are not included in curbside pick-up. Sarah Jadwin from the OSU Center for Automotive Research will present on vehicle efficiency and the EcoCAR2, which will be on display in the Clean Transportation Area.

• Visit the “Ton of Trash” display to see how much garbage the average household generates in a year and what percentage of that can be recycled or composted.

• EarthFest 2014 will be a Zero waste event with a goal of diverting 90% of waste through reduction, recycling and composting. Earth Day Coalition has partnered with Kimble Recycling and Disposal to manage the recyclables and Future Organics to haul all compost to Barnes Nursery. Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op will run “Zero Emissions for Zero Waste” rickshaws to unload recycling and composting stations throughout the day. ZeroWaste NEO volunteers will be stationed at each composting/recycling area to provide educational instruction on proper composting and recycling practices. All exhibitors and event attendees are encouraged to bring their own hot and cold beverage mugs to assist with waste reduction.

• Visit the Berea “Repurpose” Flea Market at the Fairgrounds adjacent to EarthFest on Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm (separate admission)

• Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet because you don't know what else to do?  The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, will host a pharmaceutical collection from 10am to 2pm outside of Gate 5.  Any unused and expired medications will be collected by law enforcement officers who will then dispose of the medication safely.  The goal is to protect local waterways as wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals and help decrease prescription drug abuse.  The drop-off is completely confidential; no personal information will be collected.   All personal information, like name and insurance information, should be removed from the bottle or blacked out with a marker.  

EARTHFEST 2014 WILL FEATURE

• Learn about the environmental and clean-air benefits of biodiesel while experiencing an exciting ride! Earth Day Coalition and McGINNIS Amusements are teaming up to use biodiesel to power Ohio’s first biodiesel amusement rides.

• Families will have an opportunity to get up close with animal rescues, urban farm animals and petting zoos. Lake Erie Nature and Science Center will provide an educational experience with their wildlife rehabilitation services; Valley Exotics Zoo will be on site with a large petting zoo; and Jungle Bob will have regular shows with his animal friends. Adoptable animal rescues include Greyhound Adoption of Ohio and Berea Animal Rescue Friends.

• Guests will enjoy Great Lakes Brewing Company beer & wine from Barefoot Winery. Pure Water Technology hydration stations will be available free of charge. There will be a huge selection of healthy and delicious local food from some of your favorite food trucks. Current food trucks include: Dewey's Popcorn, Donut Lab, Fired Up Taco Truck, Get Stuffed Solar Powered Mobile Eatery, Krav Foodtruck, Manna Food Truck, StrEat Mobile Bistro, Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery, The Green Machine Food Truck, The Nosh Box and Zydeco Bistro.

• Listen to all-day music and the best of Northeast Ohio singer-songwriters, musicians and bands on 5 "Party with the Planet" entertainment stages organized by students enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College's entertainment booking class. Students were assigned a stage to book musical performances and manage stage logistics. The growing list of bands includes: Anonymous Eulogy, Brittany Reilly Band, David Sorboro, Emily Keener, Gary Hoopengardner, Green Sunrise, Jalal, Jay Floyd, Musical Mark, Persons Places Things, Phil J Fitzgerald, Second Hand Dogs, The Patterns and Wesley Washington.

• Take walking tours of Baldwin Wallace University's solar, wind, composting and green building installations led by students from the university. Tours will be conducted hourly beginning at 12pm and interested individuals should meet at the Baldwin Wallace Hornet Van by gate 3.  

WALK FOR THE EARTH PASSPORT TOUR
EarthFest exhibits are organized into 9 sustainability practice areas that cluster exhibitors around specific sustainability topics. Visitors can take the Walk for the Earth Passport Tour and visit 7 areas to redeem an EarthFest vintage poster. Those that also complete the demographic survey on the Passport will be entered to win an iPad mini. Sustainability practice areas and stops on the Walk for the Earth Passport Tour will include:

1) Zero Waste Area (Inside Gate 5 Entrance): Go Zero and learn about reducing, reusing, recycling, composting and more. Visit the “Ton of Trash” Display and to learn about the waste the average household produces.

2) Environmental Science and Advanced and Renewable Energy Areas (Building 20): Visit the “NASA Village” and learn first hand about exciting clean energy intiatives in our region. Ride biodiesel powered amusement park rides!

3) Local & Sustainable Food Area (Building 16): Exhibits that include organizations, businesses and restaurants that contribute to NEO’s growing local food economy. All day celebrity chef demos.

4) Community Works Area (Building 16): Exhibits and educational displays from environmental and community organizations, government, parks and schools.

5) Health & Fitness Area (Building 27): Learn about a “Healthy Planet, Healthy You” and connect to nature.

6) Family Fun Area (Building 27): Kids receive environmental education while participating in hands-on eco-activities, crafts and games. Visit the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center animal outreach, the Valley Exotics Zoo, watch a Jungle Bob Show and take a pony ride.

7) Green Home & Garden Area (Building 33): Learn about environmentally beneficial products and practices for the home. Meet lambs, chickens, bees, bunnies and urban farm animals.

8) Clean Transportation Area (West Midway): Learn how clean fuels, practices and technologies reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality. Participate in the vehicle ride and drive.

9) Earth Day Coalition Welcome Center (Inside Gate 5 Entrance): Guests will turn in their passports here and receive their free EarthFest Vintage Poster with 7 stops punched. Take an event survey and enter to win an iPad Mini. Official EarthFest 2014 and “Go Zero” gear is available here!

General Admission:

$4 ages 2-11

$8 ages 12+

FREE Admission:

• Under age 2

• Ride & park your bicycle (Eastland Road entrance)

• Ride RTA's Redline (regular fare) to Brookpark Rapid Station & take the free EarthFest shuttle to Fairgrounds

• Current Earth Day Coalition members ($35 Individual level or $50 family level minimum). *You can renew or become a member online or at the entrance to EarthFest.

• Teachers and their immediate family (must present current school ID)

For information call (216) 281-6468 or visit www.earthdaycoalition.org.

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