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Organizing Earth Day Projects

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Earth Fairs are fun and educational events that boost local community protection efforts. Including food and music creates a festive atmosphere and can increase your odds of having a fun,
successful event.

Try to make your events diverse in nature. Yes, be entertaining, exciting, and fun, but don’t forget to strive for substance as well.

Anyone can help organize an Earth Fair. Environmental groups, service organizations, ecology clubs, faith-based groups, businesses, or other community groups are all great places to start. Invite these groups to your planning meeting, and find out what goals you share in common. Be inclusive, spread the responsibility around and share your successes!

Here’s how you can get started:

Host a Meeting. Invite people to a meeting. Create flyers with the date, time, and directions to your meeting. You might have the first meeting in your home, public recreation center, or library. Invite people you know and contact environmental organizations in your local phone book.

At the meeting, have everyone sign in with their names, both postal and email addresses, and telephone numbers. Ask people to introduce themselves and say what motivated them to come to the meeting. From this, you may be able to determine what people want to accomplish, the projects they want to tackle, and the available resources.

''Find a Venue."" Identify a location for your Earth Fair. Consider a school, a local park, or some other public venue. Make sure that if your Earth Fair requires a permit, you submit all your paperwork early to ensure that your event won’t be held up by administrative problems.

Consider Parking Availability and Access to Public Transit. Think about where and how people will park, including whether or not there are bike racks or spaces for bicycles. If at all possible, find a location that allows people to make use of public transportation to get to and from your Earth Fair.

Find a Power Source. Figure out how much electricity you’ll need. Will all the food vendors and entertainers be located close to each other so they can tap into one energy source? (Consider using renewable energy sources. Is solar power an option for your event?)

Plan the Stage. Think about the stage and figure out how to create smooth logistics for your Earth Fair. Where will music and entertainment be set up? You’ll want to ensure that public speakers and entertainers can all be accommodated with the same microphones and other sound equipment.

Plan for Food. Food is a fun feature at any event and can be a good money-maker. Everyone eats, often with far-reaching environmental consequences. Consider offering foods that have fewer harmful environmental impacts, such as vegetarian and organic products.

Provide Information. Invite environmental groups and green businesses to set up booths at your Earth Fair. Most advocacy groups have a range of literature about the issues they care about. If you invite them in advance, many groups will jump at the chance to publicize their cause by staffing a booth at your Earth Fair.

Be aware that there may be groups planning their own Earth Day events. If so, ask them if they would like to join efforts, or at least collaborate by sharing ideas. Remember to "walk your talk!" Your Earth Day event should have as little environmental impact as possible. When clean-up will be needed, BE SURE YOUR VOLUNTEERS WORK ON CLEAN-UP ALL DAY, and designate an Earth Day Eco-Team to do the end-of-day clean-up. (For more on event clean-up, see page 14.)





電力供給源を探す。必要な電力量を調べる。食事や商品を販売されてる人たちは近くに密集した状態で一つの供給源を共用できる状態にありますか?(Renewable energy sourceを使うことを検討しましょう。ソーラーパワーを利用することは可能ですか?)





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1. Publicity. Don’t forget to publicize your event! Publicity is as important as the event itself. Get the word out early and often through every possible medium. (For more on event publicity, see Working with the Media.)

2. Merchandise. T-shirts and other Earth Day items are very popular at fairs. See Earth Day Network’s web store to order Earth Day merchandise in bulk.

3. Labor. Some jobs require special expertise. For instance, you may want to hire someone to help with delivery of stage and equipment, or to run the mixing board.

4. Tents. Outdoor events need tents to protect exhibitors and the crowd from the sun or rain. An exhibitor’s fee can help you cover the cost of tents.

5. Exhibits. Budget money for the creation of interactive displays and activities. These can range from cardboard exhibits with flaps that lift for answers, to energy trivia questions, to models that display how solar, wind, and hydropower work. Be creative!

6. Exhibit Fees. To help cover your production costs, consider charging a realistic exhibit fee. Have one rate for non-profits and another for businesses. Design the fees so that your tents, tables and chairs are covered, with enough money left over to pay for your sound system, portable toilets, and insurance.

7. Tables and Chairs. Exhibitors will need tables and chairs. Usually your tent supplier can also provide these for a small additional cost. Build that cost into your exhibitor’s fee.

8. Signs and Banners. Directional and exhibitors’ signs will be needed in strategic locations. Make them large and easy to read.

9. Sound. Many performers have their own sound systems. Find out what others will use and what you will need to supply. Check out local rates for sound equipment rentals.

10. Entertainment/Music. Ask all performers to provide a stage map for microphones and props. This will help you as you plan the stage design. Often musicians and speakers charge reduced or no fees for an Earth Day event.

11. Volunteers. Have lots of volunteers on hand to help you with everything from setting up to cleaning up. Identify them by providing buttons, caps, shirts, or nametags. Providing food and beverages is nice, although not essential if you are strapped for money. (Read on?you’ll find lots of tips for Working with Volunteers.)

12. Security. Volunteers generally can provide good security. If your event is going to be large, you may want to look into private security or off-duty police officers to help out. Generally they charge an hourly rate. Make sure that private firms are insured and bonded to assume liability for their staff. (NOTE: If you get the city and/or county to co-sponsor your event, they may be able to provide security for free.)

13. Insurance. Special events may require additional insurance, so be sure to check with the site owner. Acquiring insurance may be as simple as getting an insurance rider on a participating organization’s existing insurance policy, or you may need a one-day special events policy.

14. Portable Toilets. “Port-a-Potties” are essential for an outdoor event. You may be able to obtain them free of charge from your local Department of Waste Management. If not, negotiate for a reduced rate.

15. Recycling and Garbage Containers. Talk with your local recycling center about providing an on-site facility to recycle paper, glass and plastic at your Earth Fair. For non-recyclables, make sure that you have plenty of garbage containers in strategic locations around your Earth Fair. Talk with your sanitation department or solid waste district to be sure you know all measures necessary to keep your Earth Fair as clean as possible.

16. First Aid. Be sure to have at least one complete first aid kit on hand at your Earth Fair.


Cleaning Up After Your Event

Completion of your project or event isn’t the end of your Earth Day adventure. An environmentally friendly clean-up is crucial to your Earth Day experience. It wouldn’t be true to the spirit of Earth Day if we didn’t tread lightly to ensure that there is no evidence of our presence after the event.

Here are some things you can do to make sure this last, important Earth Day project is successful:

1. Assign a special Eco-Team to the task of cleaning up all traces of your project/event.

2. Establish an on-site recycling center to separate your materials as they are thrown out. Be sure your bins are clearly marked. Check with your local recycling center to find out what materials they accept and how materials should be sorted.

3. When serving food, at smaller events, consider using donated plates and cups that can be washed, rather than disposables that will get thrown out.

4. Have plenty of garbage bags on hand to use for clean-up.

5. Remember that cleaning up is only part of your departure plan. Areas that have been torn up need to be restored. Any plants uprooted or trod upon should be re-planted or re-seeded. Stone or wood paths should be surveyed to ensure that they have not been disturbed.

プロジェクトやイベントが終了しても、あなたのEarth Dayはまだ続いています。環境に負担をかけないよう後片付けをしていくことが、Earth Dayを体験するうえでとても重要なのです。イベント終了後に私たちがいた痕跡を残さないことを徹底して取り組まないなら、それはEarth Dayの精神にそぐわないのです。

この最後の大切なEarth Day プロジェクトを確実に成功させるためにできることを、いくつか挙げておきます。

1. プロジェクトやイベントの片付け全般を専門とするエコチームを作ります。

2. 出たゴミを分別できるように、会場に回収場所を設けます。回収箱にははっきりと分別表示をつけるのを忘れずに。地域のリサイクルセンターに何を回収しているか、回収物はどのように分別したらいいかを問い合わせておきましょう。

3. 小規模のイベントで食べ物を出すときは、ゴミになる使い捨ての皿やコップよりは、洗ってまた使える食器を募って、それらを使うようにしましょう。

4. 後片付け用に、ゴミ袋はたっぷり用意しておきます。

5. 後片付けは、会場を去るときにやるべきことの一部でしかないことを忘れずに。傷めてしまった場所は直していきます。根こそぎにされたり、踏みにじられた植物があれば、植えなおしたり新たに種を蒔いていくことです。石畳や木道はきちんと調べて、壊されていないか確かめていきます。

Earth Dayプロジェクト その他の提案

More Ideas for Earth Day Projects

Have a parade:Put on an Energy Parade, an Earth Parade, or a Children’s Earth Parade. Include alternative vehicles and non-motorized floats.

Hold a contest:Organize a poster, essay, poetry, T-shirt design, photography, or art contest with a clean energy or other environmental theme. You will need a central location and a contact person for collecting entries. For poster and essay contests, send notices to schools and youth groups. Your notices should announce the theme, prizes, contest rules, eligibility and deadlines. You can have the awards ceremony at a culminating event and invite local businesses or individuals to donate prizes for different age groups. (Just remember that if you get several hundred essays, someone has to read and judge them!)

Educate your community. Help set up an Earth Day exhibit in your local library, your religious meeting place, or your supermarket.

Plant trees: Organize a tree-planting project in your neighborhood or at a local school. Educate volunteers about trees’ effects on the environment. Among their many benefits, trees absorb carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse (heattrapping) gas. For more information about the benefits of trees, visit American Forests website at

Create a community green map: A green map highlights all the environmental assets in your community, such as parks, recycling centers, farmers’ markets, thrift stores, public transit stations, and stores that sell organic produce and other environmentally sensitive products. See the Green Map System’s website,

March for parks. The National Parks and Conservation Association created March for Parks in 1990 as a nationwide walking event to benefit America’s parks and open spaces. The event, held annually during Earth Day weekend, educates the public and raises funds for parks. To register a March for Parks event,, or visit

Adopt a local river or stream and protect it from pollution and development. Learn more from Save Our Streams? The Izaak Walton League of America, at

Organize a water-quality monitoring project for a local waterway. For educational materials, storm drain stencils, and an easy-to-use water quality monitoring kit, contact the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN),, For water quality kits you might also try the Good Water Company, at Storm drain stencils are also available at

Earth Dayプロジェクト その他の提案



地域社会を啓発する:地元の図書館、あなたが所属している宗教の集会所やスーパーで、Earth Day の展示を促しましょう。

木を植える:近所や地域の学校で植林プロジェクトを企画しましょう。ボランティアの人たちには、木が環境に与える効果について学んでもらいます。木々はたくさんの恵みをもたらしてくれますが、特に二酸化炭素や温暖化ガスの主要な物質を吸収してくれます。木の恵みについてのより詳しい情報は、American Forests ( のウェブサイトで得ることができます。

地域のグリーンマップを作成する:グリーンマップでは身近にあって環境によい影響を与えるもの、つまり公園、リサイクルセンター、ファーマーズ・マーケット、古着屋や公共交通乗り換え場所やオーガニック製品、その他環境に配慮した製品を扱う店を取り上げます。 Green Map System ( のウェブサイトを参照してください。

March for Parks :アメリカの国立公園と自然保護教会は、1990年に March for Parks を自然公園や草地の保全ための全国的なウォーキング・イベントとして始めました。毎年Earth Day 期間中の週末に行われるこのイベントで、多くの人が学び、公園管理のためのお金も集まります。March for Parks のイベントへの登録は、 へメールを送るか、 へ。

地域の河や小川に責任を持って、汚染や開発から守りましょう。Save Our Streams の情報はIzaak Walton League of America(のウェブサイトか へメールを。

地域の水路の水質調査プロジェクトを起こしましょう。教材、雨水管のステンシルやお手軽水質検査キットは Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) へ e‐メール→ か、http://www.econet/org/green へ。また、水質調査キットについては Good Water Company (のウェブサイトを見てみるのもいいしょう。雨水管用のステンシルは からも入手可能です。

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