Lafayette hosts its 10th annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
The 2015 Lafayette Earth Day event will focus on green transportation options. Look for hundreds of Lafayette community members arriving at the event on foot, bikes, skateboards and other self-propelled means to enjoy food, fun, entertainment, and discover the latest ideas and approaches for living a more sustainable life. This event is free to the public.
The Lafayette Earth Day Festival is presented by Sustainable Lafayette, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, and the City of Lafayette.
The festival will take place on Golden Gate Way behind the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, located at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd in Lafayette. The event kicks off with a “Bike Fest” from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Stanley Middle School. The Bay Area Bike Mobile will do free bike repairs and Lafayette Boy Scout Troop 200 will register bikes for free on Bike Index. Wheel Kids will be instructing young cyclists on best practices for riding safety. At 11 a.m., cyclists will depart from Stanley together for a short family group ride, arriving at the library at approximately 11:15 a.m.
Since Lafayette is a community with a growing number of electric and hybrid cars, the festival will showcase greener transportation alternatives that demonstrate a future without reliance on single passenger, gas-burning vehicles. The UC Berkeley solar car team, CalSol, will bring its solar powered car “The Zephyr,” designed by students at the university. Organic Transit will be offering test drives of its ELF Solar Powered Electric Vehicle - a solar and pedal hybrid vehicle powered by a driver and the sun. The Elf has been called “a revolution in urban eco-mobility” and can travel up to 20 mph on electric power only and up to 30 mph when combined with pedaling.
The Earth Day Festival will also feature live music, art, storytelling, a scavenger hunt and conservation-themed displays. Children’s author, Deborah Lee Rose, will read one of her environmentally conscious books to young children and live music will be provided by the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus. Artists will lead a community youth art project and the ever-popularKid’s Scavenger Huntreturns with prizes for a completed conservation “passport.” Environmentally themed science fair projects from the Lafayette’s elementary schools will also be on display.
At noon, the annual Lafayette Awards of Environmental Excellence, more commonly known as the Lafayette Green Awards, will be announced at the festival. The awards recognize outstanding efforts that contribute to a more sustainable community and help the City achieve its environmental goals. Awards are chosen across five different categories: residents, local businesses, schools, community organizations, and green building.
The festival will offer tasty and sustainable food options, including the No No Burger food truck, Vitality Bowls, Mariposa Bakery, and the ice cream bike from Curbside Creamery. There will also be fresh products for the home and garden, including veggie garden starters from the Lafayette Community Garden and certified, natural products by H20 at Home. “Farm Fresh to You” will also be at the festival to show residents how they can have organically grown fruits and vegetables delivered to their door.
A portion of the funds raised for the 2015 Earth Day Festival will fund alternative transportation initiatives for the Lafayette School District. Donations for Lafayette’s 2015 Earth Day Festival are tax deductible.
Attendees are encouraged to use green modes of transportation since there is limited parking around the event location. There will be free bike valet service and free Bike Index registration by Girl Scout Troop 32851 at the intersection of Golden Gate Way and First Street.
The Earth Day Festival is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Clif Bar & Company,C&M Party Props, Diablo Foods, Douglah Designs,EBMUD, Emergent Research,Dana Green, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce,The Overaa Family,Rochelle Williams and Erin McCoin of Alain Pinel Realtors,Rubens Partners LLP, and Whole Foods.
About Sustainable Lafayette
Sustainable Lafayette is a 501c3 grassroots not-for-profit organization that provides Lafayette citizens with the information, inspiration, tools and assistance to facilitate the adoption of a more sustainable lifestyle. The organization supports the community by localizing information and collaborating with organizations and businesses in and around Lafayette to create programs that teach and encourage earth-friendly practices. For more information, please visit www.sustainablelafayette.org.
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