Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Tampa Bay 2013 celebration will be held Saturday at the USF Botanical Gardens.


USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 16, 2013)  – The University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability and the Office of Sustainability will host Earth Day Tampa Bay 2013 on Saturday, April 20, at the USF Botanical Gardens. The annual celebration is also supported by The Tampa Tribune and the Tampa Bay Sierra Club.


This year’s theme, “Fresh Food Revolution,” is intended to promote local food growers, producers, distributors, educators, and supporters. Attracting thousands of visitors, this annual event will feature local businesses with home and garden products; eco‐friendly arts and crafts; community groups; and government and non‐profit organizations.


 Entertainment will include a farmers market; an interactive drum circle; demonstrations; food and children’s activities - all aimed at helping Tampa Bay’s residents create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.


This celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the USF Botanical Gardens (one block north of the corner of Fowler Ave. & Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). Admission and parking are free, but the organizers encourage the use of public transportation and bicycling as part of the Earth Day celebrations.


“Our commitment to sustainability is becoming more and more prominent as we grow as an institution,” said Kebreab Ghebremichael, interim director of the Office of Sustainability at USF.  “Not only are we committed to sustainability research and education, but we greatly value our engagement with the community to promote sustainability in practice.”


Marcia Biggs, long‐time Sierra Club member and co‐organizer of the event said: “Today more than ever the Tampa community needs to embrace fresh food and the principals of living healthier for a healthy and sustainable planet. I encourage everyone to come out to this family-friendly event to meet local businesses that support earth-friendly practices and to learn about all the green and sustainable products and services available locally."