April 22 is officially recognized as Earth Day, but Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) celebrates “Earth Month” and participated in several events with an Earth Day theme. The first was a visit to the Heritage Senior Center on April 5, where staff promoted recycling by giving away recycled books from the Friends of the Library, as well as other items. Longtime friend and sponsor Verizon invited KIB to their “Green Expo,” held at their Hidden Ridge campus on April 19. KIB joined numerous vendors and exhibitors and spoke with hundreds of Verizon employees, many of whom are part of the “Verizon Green Team” that often volunteers at KIB activities. The biggest celebration was at Fair Park for the “Earthx” (formerly Earth Day Texas) event, where KIB staff represented the City of Irving at their table on April 20. This marked the third consecutive year that KIB has been part of this event, where they talked to attendees about upcoming events like the Bicycle Fest, as well as initiatives like the “Mayor’s Monarch Pledge.” Touted as the “world’s largest environmental experience,” this 3-day forum included seminars, discussion panels, films and many vendors and exhibits, from the popular “tiny house village” to virtual reality simulators and scuba diving. More than 100,000 people attended Earthx during its April 20-22 run.
North Lake College had a big presence at Earthx, then held their own Earth Day event on April 24. KIB was an invited guest, interacting with students and staff by promoting recycling and clean public spaces, with giveaways like reusable drinking pouches and shopping bags as very popular items. In addition to the Jazz band and a sidewalk chalk art contest, this year’s event marked the college’s 40th anniversary, and featured a time capsule to be opened in 2058. KIB contributed a T-shirt from the most recent Trash Bash to the collection of items which were sealed in the wall near the Student Life Center.
KIB will wrap up the month at Spring Trails Park on April 29, which will serve as the Great American Cleanup/Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off event. The original cleanup scheduled for April 7 had to be canceled due to weather, but thanks to a group of Geocachers and Girl Scouts, they should be able to end April with a successful cleanup.
“This month has been representative of what Keep Irving Beautiful is all about,” said KIB Board member William McCary. “We work with such a variety of groups and individuals, from all backgrounds and of all ages, and through Earth Day festivities, we were able to get our message to many people. We like to say that every day is Earth Day, so we encourage everyone to continue with environmentally-friendly actions throughout the year.”
Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.