April is Earth Month in the City Beautiful! Join us as we celebrate with a series of educational and impactful events to celebrate Mother Earth and the importance of natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. Help the City create a more resilient and sustainable Coral Gables for current and future generations.
Environmental Events Taking Place Throughout the Month of April
Saturday March 20th (8am-10am): Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Plogging Event at Matheson Hammock Park: Join Keep Coral Gables Beautiful on Saturday, March 20, for Plogging at Matheson, the kick-off for the Great American Cleanup Season. Plogging is a combination of jogging and “plock upp”, Swedish for “to pick up”. It entails jogging and picking-up trash while on the go. Everyone participates at their own pace, meaning people can jog, walk or run.
Tuesday, March 23rd (9am): City of Coral Gables City Commission Meeting: Earth Month Proclamation. City Hall Parking Lot (405 Biltmore Way). Meeting Agenda
Saturday, March 27th (8:30pm-9:30pm): Earth Hour. The City of Coral Gables is encouraging its residents, businesses, and visitors to participate in their own way at home in the international Earth Hour event taking place on Saturday March 27th from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights at home or their place of business to show support for our planet. We encourage everyone to share their Earth Hour story on social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) by tagging @cityofcoralgables and using the hashtag #EarthHour.
April 1-30: Earth Month Social Media Campaign: Follow the City of Coral Gables on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for environmental tips throughout the entire month of April that can help you save money and the environment.
April 1-30: Take the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation for a chance to win excellent prizes.
April 5- June 20th: This Great American Cleanup season Keep Coral Gables Beautiful encourages residents to participate in solo cleanups. Now through June 20, you can earn community service hours, enter the Most Pounds of Litter Collected contest to win great prizes, and help keep our City Beautiful. Participation is simple – Register online, pick a location (around your neighborhood, a local park, etc.) and make sure to download the Clean Swell App to track your litter collection. Make sure to share your #SoloCleanup on social media with the hashtags #KeepCoralGablesBeautiful, #cleanYourblock.
Wednesday April 21st (12-1pm): Biscayne Bay: The Health of Water: We will explore the beauty and also the environmental problems around the Biscayne Bay with the new Chief Bay Officer Irela Bague and City of Coral Gables’ Sustainability Manager Matt Anderson. A restored and rehydrated Biscayne Bay would provide $120 million annually in ecosystem services, amounting to $3.3 billion as an asset, according to Earth Economics. Come discuss with our panel what restoration and rehydration means for our Bay. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Theresa Pinto from the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Zoom Registration and More Information
Thursday April 22nd: Earth Day Orchid Planting at the Gifford Arboretum
Saturday April 24th (9am-12pm): Coral Gables Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: In celebration of Earth Day the City is holding its next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday April 24 from 9am-12pm in the City Hall Parking Lot. Stop by to recycle your old electronics and large cardboard boxes, dispose of household hazardous waste, and shred any sensitive documents safely and securely onsite. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries is eligible to be recycled. Coral Gables residents can drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides). Please be prepared to show proof of Coral Gables residency. As a result of the collection events over the last 5 years, the city has been able to divert over 260,000 pounds of electronic and household hazardous waste and paper from entering the landfills. This event is organized in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board and Police and Public Works Departments. For more information on the event please visit www.coralgables.com/electronicrecycling
Saturday April 24th (1-2pm): Virtual Earth Week EV Ride & Drive with Leilani Münter: Let's celebrate Earth Week together with race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter in the driver's seat of an electric vehicle! Join Leilani, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Natural Resources Defense Council for an Earth Week webinar where she will take us through the paces in her electric car and explain why she's an advocate for electric transportation powered by clean energy. Following the virtual ride, Leilani will answer live questions posed by viewers. Event Registration and Information
Sunday April 25th (2pm): Screening of AQUARELA at the Coral Gables Cinema. Please visit https://www.gablescinema.com/events/aquarela/ for more information and to purchase tickets
Be Environmentally-Friendly Year Round with the following Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Tips that you can do everyday to help reduce your carbon footprint at home, at work/school, and/or on the road.
For any Coral Gables Business please visit www.coralgables.com/greenbusiness for more information on the City's Green Business Certification Program.
For more information on the City’s environmental initiatives please visit www.coralgables.com/sustainability or call 305-460-5008.