About Mid-Columbia Earth Month

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What is Mid-Columbia Earth Month? National Earth Day is April 22nd, but in the Tri-Cities, WA we celebrate it for an entire month with educational activities, tours, talks, crafts, projects, and special events.

Mission: To foster environmental education, action and understanding of issues affecting the health and well-being of our world and promote the need to protect, preserve and conserve it. Educational activities and events will be planned or promoted to support this mission. In addition, environmental stewardship will be encouraged by promoting the care of the earth and the identification and adoption of needed clean up projects.

Getting Involved with Earth Month. If you are interested in being a part of Earth Month, consider joining the planning committee. The planning committee helps with educational programs, youth outreach activities, publicity, and more. We typically meet once or twice a month. For more information, contact us.

Check the calendar for events, activities, and clean-up projects throughout April (and year-round!).

Don't see what you''re looking for on the calendar? Host your own clean-up project or educational activity! If you see an area that needs to be cleaned up, or have an environmental activity you want to share with the community, go ahead. Be sure to add your activity to the calendar, and your project too if you need volunteers.


History of Earth Month

Jump to year: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 1996-2001 - 1991-95 - 1970

 2015 Earth Hour Events:

INDOORS: Acoustic Jam and Bridge Watch at the Crow''s Nest at Clover Island Inn. The cable bridge decorative lights were turned out for 1 hour (8:30-9:30pm) in observance of this world-wide event!

OUTDOORS: Flashlight Hike at Chamna Natural Preserve. Tapteal Greenway members led a guided hike at Chamna Natural Preserve in Richland, off of Aaron Drive.


2013 Earth Month

Download the 2013 Recap Summary

2013 Kids Video/Essay Contest Winners

2012 Earth Month

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2012 Kids Video/Essay Contest Winners

2012 Earth Month Statistics

  • Celebrating 42 years nationally, 16 years locally
  • Almost 100 events & projects held, and thousands participated
  • 1100 customers for HHW collection event -129,000 pounds of waste collected
  • 400+ pounds of prescription meds collected


2011 Earth Month

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2011 Recap (Submitted by program/project chairs)

• On Saturday, April 9, about 18 neighbors and trail users helped clean up litter and brush along the trail section between Venus Circle and Leslie Road. In 6 hours, volunteers filled a 30-yard dumpster. Thanks to Ali Bram and Jennifer Ricci for coordinating this project.
• In the three kite making classes held in the beginning of April, 86 families were involved – working with their kids to make their kites.
• The film, Truck Farm was shown at the Richland Library on April 9 to about 25 attendees.
• The Kite Festival at Marina Park was a great success. Flyers from as far as Hermiston participated. Kites came in a variety of colors and style, like an airplane, bird, octopus and lady bug. Despite a strong wind, everyone who came was able to fly their kites. One person brought four foot long sections of bamboo as a frame and built his "heavy wind" kite there at the park. He flew it successfully!
• The organic garden tour at Kadlec Hospital was from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Visitors throughout the day learned about the garden, and received pansies, sunflowers and refreshments.
• AREVA and Energy Northwest employees worked together to clean up a private lot around Kentucky Fried Chicken and Subway in south Richland.
• The Earth Day events at Chiawana High School were a success! About 400 attended at least 3 stations. A variety of 15 educational programs were presented every 20-minutes for over five hours!
• 68 kids and 37 adults (105 total) participated in the Richland Library’s Wiggle Worm Story time.
• 40 participants completed their Earth Day crafty project at the Mid-Columbia Library, Pasco Branch.
• About 40 people participated in the April 23 Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event at W.E. Johnson Park. They hauled out more than 30 tires and several bags of trash, as well as barrels and household materials. REI co-sponsored the event with Richland Parks & Recreation.
• Ten participants saw 24 species of birds during the “Second Annual Bird Walk” held by the Audubon Society on April 30, along the Port of Pasco and riverside trail.
• The LDS Hillview Ward members rallied and cleaned up the Keene Road Trail.
• On April 21, employees from AREVA cleaned up roadways around their facility on Horn Rapids
Road, including Stevens Drive to Kingsgate Way, Kingsgate Way to Battelle Boulevard and then south.
• Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shared their environmental knowledge with 507 of their employees children’s during the National “Take Your Kids to Work Day” on April 29. Kids learned about greenhouse gas emissions, composting and EMSL’s new solar array installation. Kids and their parents attended PNNL’s first sustainability fair during the lunch hour.
• The Atomic Duck Dive Club cleaned up the river, shoreline and causeway of Bateman Island on April 30.

Congratulations to the winners of the Earth Month Kids Essay and Video Contest! Katelyn Dirham, Navena Bontha, Lucy Allen, Meg Nelson, Logan Jackson, Kali Saueressig. Honorable mention to Micah Bunch, Sabrah Mitchell, and Elizabeth Piper. Special recogition to Jennifer Gonzales, teacher, for environmental stewardship in the classroom.

2010 Earth Month

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This year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of National Earth Day with community cleanup and restoration projects, learning experiences, hikes, wild flower walks, electric car races, can recycling contest, family movie nights and MORE!

Over 95 environmental projects & activities took place

1,632 Pounds of aluminum cans collected & recycled by more than 5855 students at 14 schools

90 tons of garbage were collected at the City of West Richland Annual City Wide Clean Free Clean Up Day from over 550 customers, and 179 customers brought their hazardous waste material to be properly disposed of.

9 tons of paper were shredded and recycled at the CI Shred Shredding Event, saving 157 trees, 3,515 gallons of oil, 27 yards of landfill space, 37,000 kilowatts of energy and 64,750 gallons of water

Almost 100 children participated in wiggle worm story time at Richland Public Library

2 Community gardens were built in Richland and Kennewick

50 participated in the area’s first “Cache In, Trash Out” geocaching event at Bateman Island

18 Pasco city employees and friends spent a combined total of 44.5 hours cleaning up senior yards

River’s Edge High school students proclaimed April 11-17 Environmental Education Week, joining 14 other cities in the nation to do so.

Can Recycling Contest participating schools: Marcus Whitman, Country Christian School, Westgate Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Bethlehem Lutheran School, Tapteal Elementary, Sunset View Elementary, Virgie Robinson Elementary, Christ the King, Mark Twain Elementary, Highlands Middle School, Park Middle School, Ki-Be Middle School, Pasco High School

Congratulations to the winners of the aluminum can contest!
1st Place – Country Christian (16.2 lbs per student / 340 lbs total)
2nd Place – Emerson SOAR (13.6 lbs per student / 190 lbs total)
3rd Place – Bethlehem Lutheran School (1.98 lbs per student / 297 lbs total)
(Contest winners are determined by lbs collected per student)

Sponsors: Franklin County Solid Waste, Pasco School District, Tri-City Herald, Battelle, Cascade Natural Gas, Energy Northwest, Waste Management of Kennewick Inc., City of Pasco, Pasco Kiwanis, Bechtel National Inc.

Contributors: 509 ART, AREVA, AmeriCorps – Regional Service Corps, Basin Disposal Inc., City of Connell, City of Kennewick, City of Richland, City of West Richland, Columbia Basin College, Franklin PUD, KVEW-TV, Pacific Recycling

2009 Earth Month

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2009''s theme was "Choose to Reuse, and make a difference in our world!" Participants pledged to reduce the amount of trash generated. Ideas were to refill water bottles, reuse grocery bags, repair broken items and reroute useable items.

Over 160 environmental projects & activities took place
Over 12,000 participated activities, pledges, can contests, solar car races, Disney EARTH Movie, SEE Expo, clean up projects & MORE!
4,328 Students participated in Earth Month Contest & Solar Car Race
1255 Cell phones collected for Domestic Violence Services
60 Yards cleaned up by Tri-Cites ShareFest
24 Pasco city employees and friends spent a combined total of 67 hours cleaning up senior yards.
16+ Yards were cleaned up by volunteers in Connell.
2,366 Pounds of aluminum cans collected & recycled
1,000 pledged to reuse canvas bags when shopping

~12,000+ Total Participants~

Congratulations to the winners of the aluminum can contest!
1st Place – Ki-Be Middle School (45 lbs/participant, 540 lbs total)
2nd – Country Christian School (11.2 lbs/participant, 540 lbs total)
3rd – Bethlehem Lutheran School (2.7 lbs/participant, 540 lbs total)
Honorary Mention – Lewis & Clark Elementary School (most pounds - 666 lbs total!)

2008 Earth Month

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240: Number of Individuals/families who took the Earth Pledge
1,222: Number in groups who took the Earth Pledge
14,118: Students participated in Earth Month Contests
- 17 Schools participated in the Aluminum Can Contest (7,144 students)
- 12 Schools participated in the Reuse-A-Shoe Contest (6,974 students)

525 Children participated in RSC-Americorp Wild for Reading
90 Participated in Recycled Bookends Contest
1,500 Estimated participated in an activity throughout the month (70 activities)
552 ShareFest Volunteers adopted 92 yards
50 Volunteers stenciled storm drains (211 street drains completed)

~18,297 Total Participants~

1,212 Pairs of shoes collected – Reuse-A-Shoe (12 schools)
573 Cell phones collected (265 from area libraries)
2,653 Pounds of aluminum cans collected (17 schools)
92 Yards cleaned up by Tri-Cites ShareFest

Congratulations to Christ the King School, winner of the Reuse-A-Shoe Contest sponsored by Washington State University Tri-Cities

Congratulations to the winners of the aluminum can contest sponsored in part by Pacific Recycling, and to Columbia Burbank Elementary School (Overall winner).

2007 Earth Month

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156 Total Projects Completed in April
? 107 in Richland (71 storm drains stenciled)
? 20 in Kennewick
? 9 in Connell
? 8 in Benton City
? 1 in Benton County
? 2 in West Richland
? 2 in Finley
? 1 in Kahlotus
? 5 in Pasco
? 1 in Prosser

121 additional yards cleaned up by Tri-Cites ShareFest in March
66 Teams Registered
60 Earth Related Activities were held

~1,750 Volunteers~

540 Pairs of shoes collected by Nike Reuse-A-Shoe
421 Cell phones collected

Mid-Columbia Earth Month recieved the Washington State Recycling Association''s 2007 Recycler of the Year Award for Outstanding Public Education!

Also honored were: City of Richland, City of West Richland, City of Pasco, Benton City, City of Kennewick, and City of Connell.

2006 Mid-Columbia Earth Month
202 Total Projects Complete
175 Yard Projects were adopted and cleaned
? 53 in Kennewick
? 76 in Richland
? 24 in Pasco
? 2 in Connell
? 9 in Benton City
? 6 in Finley
? 5 in West Richland
27 Community Projects were completed
56 Teams Registered
80 Earth Related Activities were held during Earth Month

4,895 Volunteers

2005 Mid-Columbia Earth Month
123 Total Projects Complete
84 Yard Projects were adopted and cleaned
38 Community Projects were completed
44 Teams Registered
51 Earth Related Activities were held during Earth Month
372 Cell phones collected

Almost 4,500 Volunteers!

In 2004 Earth Day continued to grow with 126 Projects being completed (106 Yards and 20 Community Projects,) 33 Teams, 1000+ Volunteers, and 60 Earthy activities. Here are the highlights:

In Kennewick, 34 yards were cleaned up and the roadways along Canal Drive and Highway 82. Vacant lots on Olympia Street and Clearwater Avenue were adopted and a Zintel Canyon work party was held. The grounds of the Benton Franklin Development Center were spruced up, and members of the Atomic Dive Club conducted their annual Columbia River Clean-up Dive. In Pasco, 16 yards were adopted, the playground at Emerson Elementary School was cleaned up and tree plantings were held in Mercer Park. The land off Road 68 was plucked clean of litter, and years of debris and illegal dumping were removed. In Richland, 38 yards were adopted, as was the ARC of the Tri-Cities, Columbia Point, Chamna Preserve and the Yakima Delta. In West Richland, 3 yards were adopted, as were projects at Flat Top Park and Melinda Drive Park. In Burbank, 1 yard was adopted and Highway 12 was cleaned. In Benton City, 1 yard was adopted and members of the Desert Soaring Club recommended and adopted their own playground, McBee Grade.

Additional Highlights: The first team to register was the Tri-City Herald who recommended and adopted the grounds of the Benton Franklin Developmental Center. Members of the local Stakes of the Church of Latter Day Saints completed the largest projects. Columbia Point in Richland and Zintel Canyon in Kennewick were spruced up by the efforts of hundreds of church members and friends. Fluor Hanford Community Involvement Team had the most clean-up projects, with seven different projects completed by employees, family members and friends. The youngest team was a group of boys who recommended and completed several projects at neighboring Melinda Park in West Richland. And Ellen Ochoa Middle School won the Recycling Tennis Shoe Contest, sponsored by WSU-TC.

In 2003 – “Mid-Columbia Earth Day – Help Transform your World!” (Full Report) Although this year’s clean up day was held on Easter weekend, the number of volunteers nearly doubled! The number of total clean-up projects completed was 112, including 93 Yard assistance projects and 19 Community Projects. 34 Teams registered and completed projects with over 900 volunteers participating. Also, throughout the month, 76 Earth Related Activities were held.

In 2002 another change occurred. (Full Report) Organizers felt the event was becoming too commercialized and wasteful. It was time to end the day long event. But instead of ending, Earth Day was recycled. The focus returned to beautification and community volunteerism. By teaming up with the Benton Franklin Volunteer Center and the Catholic Family and Child Services-Volunteer Chore Service, teams and individuals could step out into their community and help to beautify it. From litter and clean up projects, to restoration and trailing building and maintenance. Families, groups, organizations and teams community beautification projects and volunteerism. The goals are to instill community pride and respect for our home and for taking care of our neighbors. A large part of this newly, redeveloped Earth Day is adopting a senior citizen or person with disability and providing spring yard clean up. In addition, events and activities have been directed to libraries, classrooms and other groups that normally have a spring, environmental event. More partners means more of our community working together. 83 Total Projects, 67 Yard Projects, 16 Community Projects, 31 Teams Register, 64 Earth Activities, 414 Volunteers.

In 1996, with the development of the City of Richland''s new Environmental Education Program, efforts to revive the Earth Day Celebration began. A group of past participants, various environmental organizations and community members, the newly revamped "Tri-Cities Earth Day Celebration" emerged. The event was held in Howard Amon Park, near the river shore of the mighty Columbia River. The morning would start out with community beautification projects, bike rides and hikes. By late morning, exhibit booths filled the park grounds and spilled out onto the river shore. The event slowly grew and by 2000, over 100 exhibit booths filled the park. The event included music, speakers, concessions, river activities, demonstrations, collection events, and recycled art displays. In all, the event attracted over 8,000 participants. 2001 again brought change. With the highly demanding job of coordinating the event, efforts to find a new organizer were sought. Lourdes Health Network and Clear Channel Communications stepped up to combine with their Teddy Bear Picnic and co-organize the Teddy Bear Earth Day. It encompassed both the health of our bodies and our planet.

1991-1995 - Earth Day begins in the Tri-Cities. Although several grassroots efforts were held, the first official event on record was in 1991 at the Columbia Basin College campus in conjunction with a household hazardous waste collection. The event was coordinator by Westinghouse Hanford employee Annette Stephan Carlson and funded by the Department of Energy-RL. In 1992, the event moved to the Columbia Center Mall because it was more centrally located and not dependent on the weather. DOE-RL and the Hanford Contractors, Waste Management of Kennewick, Columbia Center Mall and OK 95 were the sponsors. There was also an aluminum can recycling contest between area schools. The mall event brought performers from Disney Channel’s Kids, Inc. and in 1993, a theater group put on a "green" production about the environment. DOE again provided funding until budget cuts in 1995.

Beginnings: On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered on campuses, in small towns, at city parks and at the foot of the Washington Monument to demand more be done to protect the earth''s resources. That year, Congress enacted 28 environmental laws. Thus, Earth Day was born and has been celebrated every day since.

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