PITTSBURG, KS – The Pittsburg Sustainability Advisory Board (SAC) is helping to promote Earth Day this year through a series of events and week-long online awareness campaign from April 19-24.
The SAC hosted the first-ever Earth Day Celebration in 2019. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, the 2020 event was cancelled. This year, the committee is promoting sustainability with “Earth Week” through social media engagement, local activism and education. Community members can participate in Earth Week by taking a sustainability pledge, eating locally-sourced foods, recycling, shopping at local businesses and participating in clean-up projects.
Social Media Engagement:
In honor of Earth Week, the City of Pittsburg will have educational videos and content posted to its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pittsburgks and on its website at www.pittks.org/earthweek. Visit these pages to find information on how you can get involved.
Take the Sustainability Pledge:
Pittsburg residents are encouraged to make a difference by taking the Sustainability Pledge. Individuals who sign the pledge will be entered into a prize drawing. Two participants will win a $50 gift card to In the Garden and two more participants will win a rain barrel kit. The Sustainability Pledge will close Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 pm with winners notified the following Monday. Prizes are sponsored by Pittsburg Beautiful, In the Garden and the City of Pittsburg. Take the pledge at www.pittks.org/earthweek.
Business Sustainability Pledge:
Businesses are also encouraged to participate and sign a pledge on behalf of their business. Individuals can also nominate local businesses that are making a difference in the community. Nominated businesses or those taking the pledge will be eligible for recognition from the Pittsburg Sustainability Advisory Committee in the form of a badge for the upcoming year. Businesses who are nominated will also be recognized on the city’s Facebook page. Take the pledge/nominate a local business at www.pittks.org/earthweek.
Pittsburg Beautiful: Earth Day Clean-Up | Saturday, April 24 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm:
The Pittsburg Young Professionals and Pittsburg Beautiful are teaming up to host a community clean up on Saturday, April 24, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join. Volunteers can sign up using the link provided at www.pittks.org/earthweek, choose a time slot and a location. Volunteers will be provided with vests and bags. Volunteers will need to bring their own gloves.
Earth Day Sales: Saturday, April 24 | Downtown Pittsburg
Shoppers can help celebrate Earth Day by supporting sustainable brands and local businesses in the downtown area. Several retailers will provide Earth Day sales and special offers. For more details, visit www.pittks.org/earthweek or go to the Downtown Pittsburg, KS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DowntownPittsburgKS.
About the Sustainability Advisory Committee:
The City of Pittsburg Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) is composed of seven volunteer members appointed by the Pittsburg City Commission. Members assist the City Commission and City staff to establish goals and priorities for future environmental protection practices involving waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation and natural resources. Members also assist with educating the community to promote sustainability practices and programs.