Party for the Planet in Eagle
Vail CO, Colorado
AVON, Colorado ” Earth Day heads to Eagle on Saturday with Vista AutoGroup’s Party for the Planet, presented by Community Banks of Colorado. The inaugural event will honor sustainable living and environmental stewardship and feature food, kids activities, sustainable products, a new ‘Beyond Recycling’ initiative, and the live music of local favorites New Shoes and MTHDS.
The event kicks off with a tree planting at Brush Creek at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Party for the Planet located on Broadway in Eagle from noon to 4 p.m. The tree planting on Brush Creek is sponsored by the Town of Eagle’s Open Space program headed by Bill Heicher.
“We have 100 bare root chokecherry plants and 60 potted cottonwoods and willows up to a foot in size ” 220 plants in total,” Heicher says. “Each plant will need just a small hole and we’ll use some biodegradable protection cones for each plant and a bamboo stake to support the protection sleeve.”
Interested volunteers can get involved by calling Gore Range Natural Science School at 827-9725, extension 13.
Party for the Planet kicks off on Broadway with the music of New Shoes.
“We have an incredible line-up of educational booths, live music, kids activities, sustainable vendors, food, beer and races,” says Carol Busch of Gore Range Natural Science School, one of the event’s many organizers.
Unique to the street party is a “Beyond Recycling Initiative” spearheaded by Eagle Valley Alliance.
“Party for the Planet is an opportunity for the Alliance to help our community go ‘beyond recycling’ by learning about the concept of the waste footprint and how we can all help reduce it at home, work and anywhere we go,” said Alliance Executive Director Matt Scherr.
The Alliance will set up waste zones throughout the event. Each zone will be monitored by volunteers who will help partygoers sort their trash ” compost from recyclables.
Additionally, event organizers are encouraging everyone attending the event to bring their own reusable plates, bowls, utensils and drinking containers for food and beverage purchases.
“Our beer garden, sponsored by Broadway Liquors, will offer a $1 discount on the first beer for anyone who brings their own reusable cup,” says Erin Seabury, owner of Everyday Outfitters in Eagle.
“We want to generate as little waste as possible,” Scherr said. “Ideally, we’ll one day make this a zero-waste event.”
Partygoers can learn more about the Eagle County landfill and the amount of waste citizens generate in a day, month or year, at an education booth shared by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability and the County Landfill.
“We wanted to find a game that will help kids understand how a landfill functions,” said Hazardous Waste Specialist Pallavi Mukerjee.
Kids will have the opportunity to build and fill their own edible landfill using a variety of tasty treats representing gravel, impermeable layers, food waste, glass and more. The activity will be available for kids every 20 minutes throughout the day.
In addition to educational activities provided by nonprofit and sustainable vendors, kids of all ages can compete in the afternoon line up of races sponsored by WECMRD, Old Forge Pizza and The Kind Cyclist. The “Recycle Relay” is a fast-paced relay for individuals and teams that tests people’s trash sorting skills. The “Bicycle Slow Race” has the opposite goal in that the last one to cross the finish line wins. Racers must provide their own bikes. The action gets underway at 1:30 p.m., immediately following the announcement of the winner of the Eagle County Earth Day Poster Contest.
The event will occur rain or shine, and partygoers are encouraged to carpool, ride bikes, take the ECO Transit bus, walk or skateboard their way to downtown Eagle. In 2008, Earth Day officially occurs on Tuesday, however, communities all over the country are marking the occasion on April 19. To learn more about Earth Day, its history and fun ways to incorporate Earth Day into your daily living, visit http://www.earthday.net or http://earthday.envirolink.org.