24, 2008 -
Knoxville’s 9th annual EarthFest 2008 will be Saturday, April 26 from 11am to 7pm at our new location, Pellissippi State Community College. Admission and parking are free.
EarthFest is a “Zero-Waste Event” and organizers, sponsors and volunteers will provide recycling and composting opportunities for everything distributed at the event. There will be not trash cans on site. Last year at EarthFest ’07 with 13 thousand attendees, we recycled or composted over 950 lb. of materials and only 25 lb. went to the landfill from the entire event.
EarthFest has had a major impact on the community promoting environmental awareness and opportunities for individuals to reduce their environmental footprint on East Tennessee. This year, through a substantial sponsorship from UT’s Make Orange Green program, EarthFest will be able to purchase carbon offsets to limit the impact the event will have on the environment.
Events this year include a youth environmental learning area, silent auction which benefits the Water Quality Forum, food vendors, nature walks with native plant identification, environmental exhibitors, art and craft vendors, music, a film room, AAA used car battery collection, used mercury thermometer exchange, a used ink cartridge collection, clean fuels vehicles, and more.
EarthFest gives back to the community, donating proceeds to fund activities such as the purchase of plants and trees in the James Agee Park and funding community creek litter programs at UT and Beaver Creek.
For more information on times of events visit www.knox-earthfest.org/
Major sponsors of EarthFest this year are the City of Knoxville Public Service Department, WUOT 91.9, Knox County Solid Waste, WATE-6, Advanced Polymer Recycling, WJXB B97.5, Event Rentals, Alcoa, WUTK 90.3, Waste Connections, and UT Make Orange Green.