Earth Month 2021
Since 1970, Earth Day and Earth Month has been a time where people all over the world come together to learn about protecting the planet and our environment.
Each week, we’ll be adding new information and local activities for the whole family.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming up:
- Outdoor adventure journals
- Read alouds
- Local volunteer opportunities
- Insect fair
- Scavenger hunts
- Nature Walks
This week’s theme is Green Power. We’ll look at some of the ways that we can harness sustainable energy for our homes, cars, and even learn how to cook with the power of the sun.
Be sure to check back frequently to see what’s new!
Week 1 April 1-10
Green Power/Energy/Tree Power
So you’ve got a free shade tree – now what? Watch as RPU’s Kat Meadors-Camacho talks with City of Riverside arborist Ryan Gibson about how to get the most out of your shade tree.
Click here to learn more about the Tree Power program.
Thinking about upgrading to an electric vehicle? California Clean Fuel Rewards is offering up to $1,500 off the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles.
Visit https://cleanfuelreward.com/ to learn more.
To learn about choosing and operating an Electric Vehicle, visit RPU’s Electric Vehicle Page.
As you’re conserving electricity and water, why not save some money? Be sure to check out Riverside Public Utilities’ electric and water rebates. From appliances to turf replacement, there are so many ways to save money and the environment.
Where does Riverside get its Energy from?
Ever wonder where you get your energy from? About 43.8% of electricity sold to Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) customers in 2019 was Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions-free. This electricity consisted of geothermal, solar, wind, and much more. It is anticipated that 50% of electricity sold to RPU customers will be GHG emissions-free. Way to go Riverside!
Here’s a look at Riverside Public Utilities’ power mix
Solar Power Mapping Tool in Riverside
On average, Riverside gets 277 days of sunshine every year. Many of our residents and businesses take advantage of this energy source with solar panels. Here’s a look at all the solar installations in the City.
Pizza Box Solar Ovens
Did you know that you can use the power of the sun to cook using a solar oven made out of a pizza box? Keep a look out for Parks & Rec’s Wellness Vehicle in your area. They will be distributing materials to make Pizza box Solar Ovens and conservation kits for your home. They will be making their round on April 6th at Taft Park from 3-7pm and Bonaminio Park on April 8th from 3-7pm. You don’t want to miss this fun family activity!
To register for your supplies, click here and then type in Wellness Vehicle.
Parks & Rec Wellness Vehicle Time and Location:
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 3-7pmTaft Park
6826 New Ridge Dr.
Riverside, CA 92506
Activity Code: #7092.1R
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 3-7pmRyan Bonaminio Park
5000 Tequesquite Ave
Riverside, CA 92506
Activity Code: #7092.1S
Once you have your materials, you can follow along with this video to build it.
Build A Pizza Box Solar Oven
Check out these yummy recipes to dish up your own solar cooked treats!
Outdoor Adventure Journal
This week’s outdoor journal guides us through the park, we’ll cook with the sun, adopt a tree, and make a sun clock.
This week’s read alouds include :
Be sure to check back here next week for more Earth Month fun as we learn about pollution and insects!