Earth Day is today, April 22, and Palo Alto plans to mark the annual event with a range of environmentally focused activities throughout the month, from a talk by the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to an eco-friendly film and fashion festival.
Earth Day talk by Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will speak about her experience in these roles Tuesday, April 22, at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium at 551 Serra Mall from 7:30-9 p.m. Though tickets are free, seating is limited. For more information and tickets, go to stanford.edu.
Wetlands restoration at the Palo Alto Baylands
Save The Bay and Bay Area Older Adults are hosting a wetland restoration volunteer program in celebration of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Baylands. For more, go to savesfbay.org.
Greenlight Film & Fashion Festival
The City of Palo Alto is celebrating Earth Day with this film and fashion festival, featuring investigative short films on environmental topics and a runway show of repurposed eco-fashions. All of the featured films and clothes were produced and created by local young artists. The event is Thursday, April 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cubberley Theater (4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto). Admission is free. For more, go to cityofpaloalto.org.
Compost Basics workshop
Learn how to build healthy soil and minimize fertilizer and water use through composting in this workshop on Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road. Registration is required. For more, go to sccgov.org.
Earth Day Fair
Cool Planet, a group at First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, is hosting an Earth Day Fair Sunday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m. There will be informational booths covering topics like composting, low water usage, home energy audits and fossil fuels divestment -- and a raffle. For more, go to fprespa.org.
'Going Green: Fabulous Dishes, No Shopping Required'
Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to rework leftovers to create new meals in this cooking class Wednesday, April 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.). There will be a cooking demo, food samples and a raffle. Registration is required. For more, go to califa.evanced.info.
'From Graywater to Green Garden'
Learn how to reuse water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants in this class Wednesday, May 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road. The class will begin with an overview of residential graywater reuseincluding codes, regulations, rebates, what soaps to use and the best plants to irrigate with graywater. The rest of the class will focus on how to construct a "laundry to landscape" graywater system. Admission is free but registration is required. For more, go to cityofpaloalto.org.
'Solar Power 101'
This free workshop will review how solar electric systems work, the environmental benefits of solar, the financial alternatives and how to pursue a project for one's own home. The workshop is on Saturday, May 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Lucie Stern Community Room, 1305 Middlefield Road. Registration is required. For more, go to cityofpaloalto.org.
National River Cleanup Day
On Saturday, May 17, the city is asking volunteers to participate in National River Cleanup Day at a numerous sites in Santa Clara County, including San Francisquito Creek, Matadero Creek and Adobe Creek. For more, go to cleanacreek.org.