April Update + #EarthWeek2020 Virtual Events

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  • COVID-19 and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Week

We at the Office of Sustainability hope that you are well and taking care of yourself and your families. Next week marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We see this as an opportunity to temporarily shift our focus to the natural world around us and our place in it. We've organized a few virtual events for you and your family to participate in from your home. We're excited to bring some education to you virtually, and look forward to connecting with our network when we're out of this temporary crisis. We hope that continue to stay home and stay safe.

To get the latest news and information on the City’s response to COVID-19, check out detroitmi.gov/coronavirus


Sat. Apr 18 (tomorrow!) at 10am: Avalon's Annual Loraxathon
Avalon’s Annual Loraxathon is an all-day virtual reading event in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This public, marathon-style reading event of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax was initiated by Avalon as a way to strengthen its impact on how our community views climate change. Grab your kids and tune in to Avalon’s Facebook event page at 10:00am to read along with City of Detroit Office of Sustainability Director Joel Howrani Heeres.


Tue. April 21 at 4pm:  Earth Week Webinar Recycling and Composting 101
To kick off our Earth Week Webinar Series, the Office of Sustainability will host an educational discussion about recycling and composting. Learn the basics from the experts at Green Living Science and FoodPLUS Detroit, and get started recycling and composting at home! Register for the event here.


Wed. April 22 The 50th Annual Earth Day!
There are lots of ways to celebrate the Earth at home! We'll share worldwide virtual events, City resources, and ways you can learn with your family, like exploring your backyard or watching a documentary about the planet. Check your inbox on Earth Day!


Thu. Apr 23 at 1pm: Earth Week Webinar Save Water and Energy at Home
Tune in to attend a step-by-step workshop with Detroit Future City and Friends of the Rouge to learn how to disconnect your downspout and install a rain barrel on your own home. Then, Gibran Washington from Ecoworks will discuss energy smart occupant behaviors that will help residents save both energy and money. Register for the event here.