Celebrate Earth Day all month with activities and opportunities in April
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
CONCORD – The City of Concord invites the community to celebrate the planet as it works to preserve and protect our natural resources. April 22, 2017 will mark the 47th anniversary of Earth Day. The City has a variety of activities and opportunities planned for the weeks surrounding Earth Day. Click here for a printable flyer!
The City of Concord recognizes that wildlife is one of our natural resources, and like all natural resources, is worthy of protection. Concord partnered with Concord Wildlife Alliance to gain recognition as a Wildlife Habitat Community in 2015 from the National Wildlife Federation. We encourage everyone to incorporate native plants into landscapes, employ sustainable lawn and garden practices and to have their lawn certified as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. It’s easy, and even an apartment balcony can serve as a habitat! Simply provide food, water, cover and places to raise young. To learn more, visit nwf.org/garden.
Mayor Scott Padgett took the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge in November 2015. Over the next year, the City and Concord Wildlife Alliance completed 3 required actions and 12 additional actions to protect pollinators. Not only are pollinators important for agriculture, they’re a vital part of the local, native ecosystem, providing food and pollinating the native plants that provide invaluable ecosystem services. We encourage everyone to join us by considering pollinators in your gardening and landscaping, making your backyard habitat part of the NC Wildlife Federation’s Butterfly Highway.
Flutter-By Earth Day events
All ages are invited to join the Parks and Recreation Department for two Earth Week celebrations showcasing the monarch butterfly. You'll be enlightened with information about this endangered pollinator and its native plants. Kids and adults alike can participate in fluttering fun crafts and activities. No registration required.
- Day 1: Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Les Myers Park, Paul's Shelter, 338 Lawndale Avenue SE
- Day 2: Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at James L. Dorton Park, Large shelter, 5790 Poplar Tent Road
Kids in Nature Day
In partnership with NC Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoors University, the Concord Wildlife Alliance will host Kids in Nature Day on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Woodland Discovery, 8755 Poplar Tent Road. Kids in Nature Day is a free event for families to come and play outdoors. As part of this event, and in observance of National Arbor Day, the City of Concord will hand out native tree seedlings provided by the National Wildlife Federation. Activities include fishing (poles and bait provided), guided nature hikes, nature scavenger hunt, crafts, wildlife experts and more! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/ConcordWildlifeAlliance.
Paper Shredding and Recycling
On Saturday, April 22, the City of Concord and Cabarrus County will host a FREE secure shredding event for all Cabarrus County citizens. From 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., each Cabarrus County resident may bring up to three regular-sized garbage bags or bankers boxes to be shredded at 280 Concord Parkway N. (behind Arby’s). All shredded papers will be recycled.
Great Neighborhood Earth Day Challenge
Recognized neighborhood groups are encouraged to join together with neighbors and friends sometime the weekend of April 22 to work on a beautification or enhancement project as part of the Great Neighborhood Earth Day Challenge. The volunteer project organizer can determine the starting and ending time, as well as the scope of the project. However, projects should be organized around the following goals: building community, improving the overall appearance of the neighborhood, and articulate the unique identity of the neighborhood. The winning neighborhood earns bragging rights and the privilege of displaying the "Great Neighborhood Earth Day Challenge" sign for the entire year. Recognized neighborhoods interested in participating should contact Cherie Jzar at 704-920-5298 or email@example.com.
Each year, the City of Concord conducts a two-fold, semi-annual Litter Sweep. Once each spring and once each fall, Concord coworkers team up to remove litter from City streets while recognized neighborhoods tackle streets within their neighborhoods. The 2017 Spring Litter Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 through Saturday, April 29. Litter Sweep is a statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Recognized neighborhoods can win a cash prize for collecting the most bags of litter.
Additional opportunities available throughout the year
Clean A Creek is an ongoing City program that solicits volunteers to do one-time cleanups along sections of Concord streams. This program serves to protect wildlife and water, as volunteers remove litter and report other signs of pollution to the Concord Water Resources Department.
Groups who are able to commit to a series of cleanups may choose to participate in our Adopt A Stream program. After the third stream cleanup and report are complete, a roadside sign will be placed near the stream, in honor of the volunteer group’s official adoption of the stream segment.
More than half of North Carolinians believe storm water runoff from cities is cleaned up before it is released into local bodies of water. Actually, it flows untreated into lakes, creeks, streams, and rivers. Our Storm Drain Marking program allows individuals, families or groups to help educate others by marking storm drains with stickers that say, "No Dumping. Drains to Creek." Those interested in volunteering with the Storm Drain Marking, Clean-A-Creek or Adopt-A-Stream programs may contact Crystal Brown at 704-920-5287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Concord employs a full time environmental educator, Mandy Smith-Thompson, who works to promote environmental literacy, encouraging citizens to protect and preserve our natural resources. Call Mandy at 704-920-5379, email email@example.com, or find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ConcordEnvironmentalEd.
Peter L. Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager