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Reflecting on Earth Day 2023: A Celebration of Sustainability at Discovery Green

by Samantha Page

CEC Newsletter Editor 

Earth Day festivities at Discovery Green last year kicked off with a lively lineup of activities designed to engage visitors of all ages. From educational talks on renewable energy and composting to eco-friendly art installations and interactive exhibits, there was something for everyone to enjoy.


The highlight of the event is the exhibitors where close to 80 local organizations, businesses and non-profits showcased their sustainable initiatives and products. Visitors had the opportunity to explore a variety of eco-friendly options that Houston has to offer while learning about the importance of supporting businesses committed to environmental sustainability.


Another amazing addition to last year's event was the Houston Public Works' popular Water Works Festival. The festival has interactive exhibits that help educate the public on the importance of this natural resource. The Water Works Festival will be a part of this year's event as well. 


The Wyland Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation is an annual competition that encourages cities across the United States to commit to conserving water and promoting sustainability. In 2023, it was promoted through the Earth Day partnership, a social media campaign, blast emails messaging to water customers, and a the assistance of the City of Houston Department of Education to engage schools to participate.


2023 was Houston’s second year in a row to win the challenge. As part of the challenge the Wyland foundation gifted 100 blue light glasses to the Houston school that completed the most pledges (Baylor College of Medicine Academy at James D Ryan Middle School).


Throughout the day, live music performances and cultural presentations added to the festive atmosphere, bringing together the community in celebration of our planet's natural beauty and diversity. From traditional dances to modern interpretations of environmental themes, the performances reflected the interconnectedness of nature and human culture. 


All of that, and more, is to be expected at this year's event. Make sure to mark you calendars for April 20th!

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