By Maggie McCauley | Photographs from John Colombo
The third annual Pittsburgh Earth Day celebrates green innovation in the city and honors those in the community who continue to strive for environmentally friendly initiatives. “We are a city that is being recognized nationally for technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, the food scene, and we would like sustainability to be added to the amazing lineup,” says Ronda Zegarelli, president of Acrobatique Creative and co-founder of Pittsburgh Earth Day. Following the same “from steel to sustainable” mission, the citywide commemoration will encompass favorite events from previous years, including the Ecolution Fashion Show at Fairmont Pittsburgh, the Sustainability Business Breakfast at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and the happenings in Market Square, in addition to new events like PNC’s Lunch + Learn luncheon at the James E. Rohr Auditorium in the Tower at PNC Plaza. “It is with the amazing support of our sponsors that we can continue to share the Pittsburgh Earth Day mission and evolve the programming lineup.” For tickets and more information, visit pittsburghearthday.org.
Thursday, April 20
Ecolution Fashion Show
7-10 p.m. Fairmont Pittsburgh
Curated by Richard Parsakian with hair and makeup by Izzazu Salon, Spa + Serata and models from Doherty Talent & Modeling Agency, this year’s Ecolution Fashion Show revolves around the theme: Constellations. Guests will be treated to the dazzling runway show, featuring costumes fashioned by local designers with recycled and reused materials. Music by DJ Soy Sos and a special performance by STAYCEE PEARL dance project will complete the star-studded show, sponsored in part by UPMC Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, Millcraft, ALCOSAN, People’s Gas, and Dollar Bank. For tickets, visit showclix.com.
+ Purchase a VIP ticket to receive complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, too!
Friday, April 21
Press Conference & Sustainability Business Breakfast
8-10 a.m. David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh is experiencing growth and innovation that’s especially highlighted by its smart and green solutions. Expert panelists will be discussing Pittsburgh’s sustainability in the business community and providing ideas for others wanting to go green.
+ Tickets are free, but space is limited! For tickets, visit showclix.com.
PNC Sustainable Lunch + Learn
12 p.m.-2 p.m. James E. Rohr Auditorium in The Tower At PNC Plaza
The event, sponsored by PNC, invites national speaker and Heinz Endowment Sustainability Award Winner Curt Ellis to serve as the keynote speaker, moderating the panel of Pittsburgh’s wellness experts from Farm to Table Pittsburgh, Grow Pittsburgh, and 412 Food Rescue. Snacks from The Capital Grille will be provided, too! For tickets, visit showclix.com.
Friday, April 21 + Saturday, April 22
Paint the Square Green
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Market Square
Shop around the Square, which will be filled with environmentally friendly products and service vendors, as well as information on going green and going organic. Live performances by local musicians Rachel B., Nina Sainato, Nox Boys, and more will add to the fun atmosphere.
Food + Fashion Truck Round Up
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fourth Avenue
Enjoy a bite from your favorite food truck and shop wardrobe essentials from Style Truck and Vintage Valet. All of the trucks will be running on solar power! Vendors include: BRGR, BullDawgs, Franktuary, Hott Dawgz, Kona Ice Pittsburgh, Kona Ice Pittsburgh, PGH Halal Truck, South Side BBQ Company, Stickler’s Ice Pop Company, Sugar and Spice Homemade Ice Cream, Wood Fired Flatbreads LLC, Nakama, The Wok of Life Food Truck, and more.
Saturday, April 22
La Vie en Vert
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Coterie Company
Celebrate the final day of festivities with the first-ever La Vie en Vert. The special Earth-to-Table dinner will be served alongside cocktails from Blume Honey Water and truffles from A519 Chocolates, while live jazz music plays. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sustainable Pittsburgh and 412 Food Rescue.
For tickets, visit showclix.com.
+ VIP attendance includes additional experiences from 6-8 p.m.
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