Earth Day Celebration 2014
4th Annual Bluffton-Hilton Head Island 2014
Saturday, April 26th – 11am to 4pm
Historic Old Town Bluffton
Presented by Experience Green
Join our collaborative community effort to connect with each other, celebrate the natural environment, learn how to care for it and each other with green resources, immediately following the May River cleanup! This family friendly event promotes people and planet connections to build sustainable communities with fun learning experiences for all ages to raise awareness about full loop connectivity of ecological, social and economic systems and how to support them sustainably.
*Admission is FREE and the event is walking distance from the May River Cleanup site
2014 EarthDay Celebration Features
Green Resource Expo
Learn about our communities' organizations that support healthy planet-people connections, and the latest products and services to help you achieve green living and care for the environment.
*Nonprofits and businesses are invited to showcase products and services that support a healthy planet and community (nonprofit and early bird discounts available). Sign up through April 14th!
“Do the Loop” for All Ages
This very popular obstacle course activity is a fun learning activity that challenges participants of all ages mentally and physically. Prizes awarded!
Green Crafts for Kids
Kids of all ages can make and take home a craft or piece of green art that they create on site! There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Relax under the tent at the Celebration Stage and enjoy live music and delicacies from local farmers. Learn about our native wildlife, community efforts to advance sustainability, chef demos with education about sustainable agriculture and dining, and tips for how to live a greener life.
Kayak & Paddle Board Tours on the May River
There will be tours available following the May River Clean-Up: $25.00 per person at 12:00 noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm. Price includes kayak or paddle board and 1 1/2 hour tour around the May River. Anyone who has a kayak or paddle board and wants to "tag along" can do so for free. There is a 17 person maximum for each tour, so be sure and call 843-684-3296 for reservations.
May River Boat Tours with May River Excursions
Join Capt. Chris and his crew for a one hour guided "Skiff" cruise on the May searching for local wildlife, discussing history and soaking up the tidal estuary air.
$20/ per person, subject to availability. All trips leave on the hour every hour from the county dock at the end of Calhoun Street starting at 12:00 noon until 6:00pm. Please call Capt. Chris for reservations and more information.
Bring your old CELL PHONES, NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS (no desktops), JUICE POUCHES, DAIRY TUBS, and #6 PLASTIC CUPS to the event to UPCYCLE them into tote bags, picture frames, notebook, placemats, pots, pavers, and more for major retailers such as WalMart, Target, and Home Depot. Click here to learn more about this program.
Zero Waste Event
The 2014 Earth Day Celebration will be a 3rd time effort for a ZERO WASTE event, which we accomplished in 2012 and 2013! ZERO WASTE suggests that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated using strategies such as recycling and composting. The Earth Day Celebration Event Committee in collaboration with i2Recycle will collect, measure, audit, and document all waste generated from the event, and use this data to support next steps and future event success.
*The 2012 Earth Day Celebration was the FIRST Zero Waste Event in Beaufort County, hosted 900+ attendees, and generated only 80.4 lbs total recyclable or compostable waste, so there was ZERO waste to the landfill!
The Earth Day Celebration seeks your help as a volunteer with this exciting event for our communities. Email us at email@example.com with your availability to assist on April 26 or if you can help with preparation in advance of the event. Let us know your area of interest, as well as skills you believe you would contribute to the Earth Day Celebration.
2014 Earth Day Celebration Sponsors and Partners
We appreciate the organizations that support our mission to build sustainable communities and are partnering with Experience Green to make this event possible.
Is the Earth Day Celebration right for your group or organization?
The Earth Day Celebration not only celebrates the natural environment, but is meant to educate our community in various ways, including exhibits/displays. To be an exhibitor, your organization should have a message, cause, product or service that addresses our community, the environment, our quality of life, or supports sustainable business or living practices. A visitor to your exhibit should come away knowing something that will inform their future actions, and further their commitment to a quality community, clean, healthy environment, and a sustainable future.
EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION ENDS MONDAY, APRIL 14.
Please contact us with your questions.
PAY BY CREDIT CARD
Register online, continue to our shopping cart and secure credit card check-out!
PAY BY CHECK
Fill out the PDF registration form, print and mail with your check to:
P.O. Box 6792
Hilton Head Island, SC 29938
2014 Earth Day Celebration Sponsors and Partners
We appreciate the organizations that support our mission to build sustainable communities and are partnering with Experience Green to make this event possible. Sponsor opportunities are available through March 26.
Contact Mary O'Neil for more information.
2013 Earth Day Celebration Participants
104.9 The Surf
All About Pets
Beaufort County Conservation District
Beaufort County Open Land Trust
Beaufort County Recycles
Bluffton Farmers Market
Coastal Discovery Museum's Sea Turtle Protection Project
Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks
HHI-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Convention Bureau
Hilton Head Automotive
Hilton Head Island No Burn
Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity
Island Plumbing of Hilton Head
Jiva Yoga Center
Keep Beaufort County Beautiful
Neighbors for Clean Water
Noah's Arks Rescue
Old Town Dispensary
Outside Hilton Head
Palmetto Electric Coop
Pino Gelato Gourmet Cafe'
Port Royal Sound Foundation
Sea Pines Montessori Academy Middle School
Sea Pines Resort
Signature Flight Support
The Storybook Shoppe
Town of Bluffton
2012 Earth Day Celebration Success
"Get in the Loop"
April 21, 2012 - Shelter Cove Community Park
More than 900 people came out for the 2nd Annual Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Earth Day Celebration held on April 21, 2012 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. Attendees of all ages came out to learn, celebrate, and make healthy planet-people connections to Get in the Loop and build community! This response is double the attendance from the first 2011 event, and is exactly on track for consistent growth, based on market size!
Every drop of water helps to swell the ocean...
Experience Green appreciates each attendee, event committee member, volunteer, sponsor, vendor, performer, exhibitor, and all that stepped up to GET IN THE LOOP! Here's to you!
• 900+ Attendees
• 13 Earth Day Event Committee Members
• 47 Volunteers
• 31 Exhibitors/Vendors
• 29 Sponsors
• 8 Performance Groups
• 31 Green Art Entries from Beaufort County School
Green Art Winners
Bluffton High and Bluffton Middle Schools submitted more than 30 pieces of Green Art that were evaluated on a set of criteria considering creativity, use of materials, and environmental message. Special thanks to the panel of judges that included Sally Krebs, Sustainability Coordinator from the Town of Hilton Head Island, and Peter and Maggie Karis, owners of the Karis Gallery on Hilton Head Island. The winners were presented with cash awards and certificates to Pino Gelato and the Coastal Discovery Museum at the 4pm Celebrate Community program, and their pieces are currently on display at the Coastal Discovery Museum.
The first Zero Waste effort event was wildly successful: ZERO LANDFILL CONTRIBUTION!
“This is a huge success for the event and a leading edge example for our community,” said Experience Green executive director, Teresa Wade. “The EPA estimates that every person generates 4.43 lbs of waste per day. The data from the event’s waste audit proves that proactive effort and innovation can reduce waste generation, and responsible practices can keep it out of our landfills.
• 900+ attendees
• 80.4 lbs total recyclable or compostable waste
• Aluminum cans - 3.4 lbs
• Cardboard/paper - 11.4 lbs
• Plastic - 0 lbs
• Compostables - 50.8 lbs
How did we do it?
The Earth Day Celebration’s waste “stations” included separate bins for plastic, paper, aluminum, and compostables, which included all food waste, and compostable plates and napkins provided by Be Green Packaging and Smoothie Company. “The Earth Day Committee worked directly with the vendors to raise awareness and educate them in advance. All were very cooperative and excited about lending support.” said Alison Yurco, member of the Earth Day event Committee. The stations were monitored by volunteers including Boy Scouts and the Hilton Head Lacrosse team that helped attendees dispose of leftovers properly. Smoothie Company provided reusable cups so there were zero cups tossed out, and i2Recycle measured and audited all at the close of the event.
The 4 pm Celebrate Community program was emceed by Anneliza from 104.9 The Surf, and included the Green Art Awards, a special musical performance by Teresa Wade and the Singing Sea Otters with Lavon Stevens and Delbert Felix. Mayor Drew Laughlin made a presentation of the internationally renowned Peter Max’s commitment to supporting the environment through art, and Blanchard and Calhoun and The Kroger Co. showcased the Shelter Cove Mall Redevelopment project. It was an exciting program of entertainment, inspiration, recognition and motivation for all to "go forth" with increased pride and commitment to community, and new understanding of ways to contribute to advancing sustainability - benefiting the planet, its people, and prosperity for all!