This month, the worlds’ eyes will once again turn to Pittsburgh — and this time they’ll see green. Pittsburgh is the United Nation’s 2010 World Environmental Day North American host city, meant to give a face to environmental issues, inspire people to become active in their environments, promote green understanding and advocate partnerships that will create a brighter and environmentally friendly future. The celebration kicked off with events starting on Earth Day, April 22, and will culminate with conferences, world record-setting happenings, and fun educational opportunities on and around the offi cial date of World Environment Day, June 5.
Global Water Conference
Leaders across North America will gather in Pittsburgh for the Water Matters: Global Water Conference at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Watershed groups, community leaders, students, citizens, and businesses will gather to see exhibits about the region’s leading water innovators, problem solvers, and applied technologies.
Annual International Children’s Painting Competition
This event is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme, Bayer Corporation, and Nikon Corporation. Since 1991, more than 2.5 million entries have been made by children in more than 100 countries. The exhibition will open at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Water Matters to Youth Too! Student Water Workshop with Dr. Mae Jamison
Bayer Corporation’s spokesperson for its initiative “Making Science Make Sense,” will host an interactive workshop at the Carnegie Science Center. Following the Water Matters Global Water Conference, the workshop will focus on learning where our water comes from, how we have access to it, and keeping it clean.
Three Rivers Arts Festival Kick-off
The Three Rivers Arts Festival is the largest free event of its kind in the country, and it has long been a leader in eco-friendly events: Committed to the Zero Waste initiative since 2008, it diverts at least 83 percent of its waste from landfills.
Paddle at the Point
Venture Outdoors is looking for 1,105 paddlers to help them set a new world record for the largest flotilla on Pittsburgh’s three rivers on World Environment Day’s Paddle at the Point. Traditionally, a flotilla is a group of similar warships, but instead of cannons and torpedoes, World Environment Day’s flotilla will have canoes, kayaks, and water-loving Pittsburghers aboard! To register to participate, check out paddleatthepoint.com.
Millvale Clean sweep
World Environment Day will leave Pittsburgh’s Millvale neighborhood a little cleaner after the Millvale Clean Sweep. The clean-up will focus on Girty’s Run, the business district, the riverfront, the residential district, and Grant Avenue Pocket Park.
Pittsburgh will see its first entirely energy self-sufficient building on World Environment Day with the opening of the Earth House. The house, located in North Point Breeze, is lit by sunlight and powered by solar panels. The Earth House will also serve as the rent-free home for several lucky recent grads who are staying in Pittsburgh to start their own businesses.
Free tours of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Animal lovers can check out what the Animal Rescue League’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Verona is doing to help out the environment, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
World Environment Day Building an Outdoor Classroom
To help future generations get out and get green, World Environment Day is building an outdoor classroom at Harrison Hills park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation designed the classroom to help teach kids about nature and why we need to preserve it.
Pittsburgh Pirates game and fireworks
After a day of green celebration and clean-up, the Pittsburgh Pirates will put on quite a show for the 7:05 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants. After the game, Zambelli’s fireworks will light up the Pittsburgh skyline and rock band Collective Soul will entertain the crowd with some of greatest hits like “Shine” and “The World I Know.”
— Kelsey Shea