We are proud to report over 38,214 people attended Earth Day this year – our largest event ever! (And thanks to our stellar volunteers, who track entries from 6 locations). It’s a beautiful thing when so many people can gather peacefully to share information, celebrate, and empower one another.
Our Favorite Stats:
- 1,130 people valet parked their bikes for free at Bike World, and more than a thousand others self-parked their bikes. Still more came by foot or bus. Specials thanks to our partners at the SB Bicycle Coalition,, MTD, and Santa Barbara Car Free.
- We finally found a way to keep everyone hydrated thanks to two Water Monsters, which take local tap water, filter it and serve it cold to anyone with a refillable bottle. The amount of water distributed by the Water Monsters this year was equivalent to 3,200 6,000 plastic bottles (Edit: We recalculated and discovered our savings was much more than we originally thought).
- 523 people took a ride and drive in one of the new plug-in vehicles in the Green Car Show. Thanks to the teams from Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota Prius for making this possible.
- All of the waste generated by the festival is being hand sorted by one of our major sponsors, MarBorg Industries. We will know our diversion rate at the end of the month.
Tell Us What You Think
We want to hear from you! What were the highlights? Suggestions for next year? Respond by Wednesday at 5pm and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win some fossil-free lifestyle gifts, including Key2Fitness gift certificates, CEC water bottles, Earth Day t-shirts and more.
Share Your Photos
We know you took some great shots — please share them! You can post your photos and videos to one of our sites (including Facebook or Flickr) or mail a disc to CEC for a chance to be used in festival promotional materials for 2012.
A huge thank you to our core production partners, +One Events and LoaTree, as well as dozens of other production partners and hundreds of volunteers. We invite you to join us in applauding their incredible energy and commitment.
You Can Still Give Back
For those who participated in our text donation drive, many thanks. If you didn’t get a chance, you can still make a $10 donation by texting “Earth” to 50555. We’ll be pulling our raffle winners tomorrow – prizes include a bicycle, water bottles, and more. Your support allows us to host this event year after year.