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About



    On April 19th, 2014, St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with its first annual festival to be held in beautiful South Straub Park. The city will join more than 190 countries, over one billion people, to commemorate the birth of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970.

    This free event will be presented by the Downtown Partnership, an organization that is focused on local businesses that support green initiatives. The Festival focuses on educating the public about eco-friendly technology, research and products that help create healthy, sustainable communities. Visitors can meet companies that are leading members of the green/sustainable movement and hear from speakers on current topics affecting our Earth. People of all ages are welcome. 

   While this will be the first official Earth Day festival for St. Pete, the city is leading the way in Florida by implementing strategies for a sustainable future. St. Petersburg is the first city in the state to receive the Green Building Coalition's Green City designation, and has been recognized for energy conservation, recycling, water conservation, fuel efficiency, landscaping and preservation of open spaces, and other environmental programs.

History

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. Events are held worldwide, demonstrating global support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Earth Day is celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

At a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco in 1969, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to be celebrated on March 21, 1970, which is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in , which was first held on April 22, 1970. Gaylord Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While the April 22nd Earth Day was primarily focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes (who was the original national coordinator in 1970) took it worldwide in 1990, organizing events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

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SPONSORS

 

The event is currently seeking environmentally responsible sponsors and exhibitors to be involved in this inaugural event. If you are interested in sponsoring St. Pete Earth Day please see this form (PDF). Contact Emmanuel Cerf for more information.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Blue Ocean Film Festival which shares films that inspire people to help protect our oceans and the life they sustain. Visit their website for more information, http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org.

Exhibits

St. Pete Earth Day will feature exhibits from the companies listed below. We are seeking to add more exhibitors to this list, and vendors are welcome! If you are interested in becomin an Exhibitor of Vendor at the St. Pete Earth Day Festival, please contact Emmanuel Cerf for more information.

Schedule

 

Festival Hours: 9AM to 5PM on Saturday, April 19th, 2014

10:00AM: Wolf Gang - MAGE Solar

11:00AM : Ribbon Cutting with St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman

11:30AM : Representative Dwight Dudley

12:00PM : Scott McIntyre - Solar Energy Management

12:30PM : Lucinda Johnston - Chart 411

1:00PM : Debbie Kinder - Blue Ocean

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Media

The search for alternative power and design approaches is not a new concept. In fact, the motives behind many of these explorations vary, and in some cases, "Going Green" was not the primary goal. Fast-forwarding to the present day, alternative power concepts and eco-friendly products have come a long way, and the goal is clear; providing for a real Sustainable future that protects the planet so that it can provided for all of its inhabitants with a high quality of life.


Polypack, Inc. in Pinellas Park recently unveiled a 1,000 Solar Panel Installation rated at 270KW. Harnessing the most abundant energy resource in the sunshine state, Polypack's solar installation generates enough power to run the majority of its manufacturing operations, with very little power being drawn and consumed from the grid.  Solar Energy Solutions will be one of the focuses at the first annual St. Pete Earth Day Festival. Be sure to come and see how it can make an impact on your life in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Click Here to Read More about Polypack's Sustainable Energy Solution

 

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