Celebrate Earth Day

Join the Earth Action Challenge

This year to celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, we invite you to participate in the Earth Action Challenge.

Every day in the week leading up to Earth Day, we’ll focus on an action that you can take to protect the environment and connect you with resources to help you take that action.

Read on to learn about the actions we'll be taking, and then commit to participate by completing the form below. 

Attend an event in your community

With both Earth Day and Arbor Day coming up in April, it's a great time to get out in your community to learn about ways you can protect the environment or to give back by volunteering at a cleanup event. See the list of events below.

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About the Earth Action Challenge

Celebrate Earth Day by joining the Earth Action Challenge

During the week leading up to Earth Day, we'll focus on one action each day you can take to protect the environment.

Each day of the challenge, you'll receive an email message with more information and links to helpful resources for that day's action. Then join the conversation on social media: Hennepin Environment on Facebook and @hennepinenviro on Twitter

Commit to participate and spread the word

Commit to participating in the challenge by completing the form at the bottom of this web page. Then spread the word – we’ve got an article and social media posts (DOCX) and an I'm taking the Earth Action Challenge graphic (JPG) to help you encourage others to join. 

Track your progress

We've created a worksheet (DOCX) to help you track your progress.

Each day of the challenge, set a personal goal for the day. At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on how it went. What successes did you have? What challenges did you face? What did you learn? If this is an action you want to continue to work on, set a longer term goal. 

Daily actions

Here are the actions we'll focus on each day:

Monday, April 15: Recycle smart – know what goes in your recycling cart

The best thing you can do to support recycling is to recycle the right stuff. Today, refresh your knowledge of what can be recycled, and make sure to keep things that aren’t accepted out. 

Tuesday, April 16: Green your spring cleaning

Today, mix up a batch of household cleaner from simple ingredients you may already have at home. This will help you protect your health and the health of your family, pets and the environment. 

Wednesday, April 17: Get around in a sustainable way

Exhaust from vehicles is a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, so finding ways to drive your car less is one of the most important things you can do. Today, choose a more sustainable transportation option.

Thursday, April 18: Ditch the disposables

Today we’re focused on avoiding all disposables, or items that are wastefully intended for one-time use. This includes plastic straws and utensils, paper and foam coffee cups, paper towels, paper plates, plastic baggies, takeout containers, and more. There are so many ways to avoid these items!

Friday, April 19: Capture rain water

Today, make a plan for how you will capture and reuse rain water at home. Options include planting a rain garden, installing a rain barrel, or simply redirecting downspouts into your lawn or garden. Rain water running off our roofs, lawns, sidewalks, and driveways picks up pollutants like leaves, sediment, lawn chemicals and litter and carries them into nearby storm drains, which flow directly into nearby lakes and rivers.  

Saturday, April 20: Clean up in your community

Today, we’re focused on getting out and giving back in our communities. There are so many ways to get involved! You could join a community cleanup event, organize your friends, family, or neighbors to clean up around your block or at a local park, or simply clean up the storm drain on your street. See the Earth Day events listing below to find community cleanups happening near you.  

Sunday, April 21: Get outside

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Earth than getting outside! Spending time outside provides many benefits to your mental and physical health. So today, spend some time reconnecting with nature. 

Monday, April 22: Make every day Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Congratulations on completing the Earth Action Challenge. Today, take some time to reflect on what actions you take and choices you make to protect the environment. Then choose one or two changes that you are going to focus on making, and decide what steps you need to take to be successful. 

Earth Day and Arbor Day events

2019 Earth Day and Arbor Day events


Earth Day weekend, April 20 to 22

Arbor Day weekend, April 25 to 28

Weekend of May 1 to 5

Weekend of May 12 and 13

Weekend of May 18 and 19

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I'm taking the Earth Action Challenge

Complete this form to sign up to take the Earth Action Challenge. You'll receive an email every day of the challenge with more information and links to helpful resources related to that day's action. Spread the word and join the conversation on social media!

I commit to participating in the following actions during the Earth Action Challenge: