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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day in Newark, New Jersey

Newark’s environment forms the context in which everyone in the city lives, works, and plays. The environment can support health and prosperity, or it can be a factor contributing to illness, inequality, and barriers to economic opportunity. Join your fellow Newarkers to help make our shared vision of a healthy, green, vibrant city a reality!

Please click this link to read the text of Mayor Baraka’s Proclamation declaring the week of April 17th, 2017 as “Green Your Community Week”, and join us at one of the following events:

  • Wednesday, April 4 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm: Urban Farmers' Market Conference at the Ironbound Early Learning Center in Newark’s Ironbound, between New York Ave and Walnut st. Learn about creating and Sustaining Farmers' Markets in Underserved Communities (Click Here more info)
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 9:30 am to 3:15 pm: New Jersey Environmental Justice and Climate Summit at Mercer County Community College James Kerney Campus in Trenton. Listen to speakers discuss Protecting Environmental Justice Communities from the Detrimental Impacts of Cumulative Pollution and Climate Change (Click Here more info)
  • Saturday, April 7 - Saturday April 14th: 2018 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival Week at Branch Brook Park: Bike challenge, One-Mile Fun Run, Cherry Blossom 10k run followed by a Family Day event with activities, crafts, and performances. Free, but registration necessary in advance (see link:
  • Saturday, April 7th: For World Health Day, the National Recreation and Park Association is encouraging people all over the country to take a selfie at a park (parkie)! Go to a park in Newark with your friends and take a selfie using the hashtag #parkie. (Click here for a full list of Newark and Essex County parks)
  • Saturday, April 14th at 9:30 am: Volunteers needed for the first of a series of City-wide clean-ups with the City of Newark Department of Public Works at Bo Parker Sports Complex in the South Ward.
  • Saturday, April 14th from 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Tree Seedling giveaway with the Newark Office of Sustainability. Come get your free seedling at Newark City Hall First Floor Rotunda, 920 Broad Street. If you are interested in receiving a free tree seedling, email
  • Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Newark Resiliency Action Summit hosted by the Office of Sustainability and other partners of the Newark Resiliency Action Plan Coalition at City Hall, First Floor Rotunda. Lunch will be Provided. (See Flyer: English/ Spanish )
  • Wednesday, April 18th from 6 pm - 8 pm: From Brooklyn to Puerto Rico: A Just Recovery. This free lecture will discuss the root causes of natural and man-made climate justice disasters such as Hurricane Maria. Located at Alvin Johson/ J.M. kaplan Auditorium. (Register here) (See Flyer)
  • Friday, April 20th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Join us for the pre-release of the City of Newark Sustainability Action Plan in the Press Briefing Room on the first floor of City Hall.
  • Friday April 20th and Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Volunteer on the Hawthorne Avenue Farm with the Greater Newark Conservancy! Volunteers are needed for planting, mulching, weeding and watering. (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, April 21st from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm: Family Fun in the Kitchen series. The first of the Greater Newark Conservancy series that allows families to experience farm-to-table cooking. (Click here to register)
  • Saturday, April 21st at 9:30 am: Volunteers needed for City-wide clean up at Hayes West Center of Hope in the central ward.
  • Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: 2018 Newark Trees Count kick-off event, at Newark City Hall Front Steps. We are recruiting volunteers to help us inventory our street trees in the spring and summer 2018. (Register Here)
  • Sunday, April 22nd from 2:00 pm - 4:00pm: Join the Newark Youth Ambassadors for a Youth Clean-up on Jelliff Avenue, between Avon Avenue and Muhammad Ali Avenue. Contact Melissa Reed at 973-978-1594 (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, April 21 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Earth Day Beer Fest at Hell’s Kitchen Lounge, a fundraiser benefiting the Greater Newark Conservancy ($25, $5 off if you volunteer for a Community Planting Day 4/21 or 4/22) (Flyer)
  • Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Newark Serve-a-Thon with the Boys and Girls club. Volunteer at a garden, local food bank, Boys and Girls Clubhouse and help assemble care packages for Hurrican Maria victims. (See Flyer)
  • Tuesday, April 24th from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm: TRUE certification is the first waste industry standard that limits materials to incinerators and landfills. Learn about this new ground breaking standard- while earning 2 education credits with this lecture presentation of the Green Building Center LLC (Register here)
  • Thursday, April 26th from 10 am - 11 am(Time and Location TBD): Learn about Newark's Rain Barrel program at the Rain Barrel workshop with the Urban League of Essex County's Youth and Young Adult Services Department.
  • Thursday, April 26th from 6 pm - 8 pm: Community meeting about the Port-Industrial Redevelopment Plan. Come to the rotunda at City Hall to share your thoughts, solutions and concerns about the proposed Port-Industrial Redevelopment Plan. (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Clean Water Action's 32nd Annual Conference at THE WARDLAW-HARTRIDGE SCHOOL, RISE UP, PERSIST & WIN. Featuring invited Keynote speaker Gov. Phil Murphy ( See here for more information ) (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, April 28th at 9:30 am: Volunteers needed for City-wide clean up at the Boylon St. Recreation Center in the west ward.
  • Saturday, April 28th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: The South Ward Community Schools Initiative along with Rutgers School of Nursing and the City of Newark’s Children’s Cabinet will host a Minority Health Fair at the Malcolm X Shabazz High School’s Football Field. There will be exercise classes, cooking classes, asthma workshops, health screenings and food. (See Flyer)
  • Monday, April 30th at 7 pm: The Essex County Environmental Commission is hosting its spring roundtable titled "Breaking Free from Disposable Plastics" at the Essex County Cedar Grove Park Robert J. O’Toole Community Center (To register, click here)
  • Wednesday, May 2nd from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Join the Office of Sustainability and the Newark Environmental Commission for a Community Conversation about air quality, energy and alternative fuels at Newark City Hall room 304. Light refreshments served. Email to register. (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Jersey Cares is a hosting a day of volunteer activities throughout the city of Newark for its annual serve-a-thon. Activities include a school makeover, park maintenance, mural painting and an Adopt-a-Catch Basin event! For the full listing of events, please visit Jersey Cares' website.
  • Saturday, May 5th at 9:30 amVolunteers needed for City-wide clean up at the Vince Lombardi Center in the north ward.
  • NEW DATE Saturday, May 19th at 9:30 am: Volunteers needed for City-wide clean up at the Ironbound Recreation Center in the east ward. Register today at (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, May 12th from 11 am - 3 pm: Join the Greater Newark Conservancy for their annual Block Party and plant sale. The block party features children's activities, family cooking classes, live dj set and a youth farm stand. (See Flyer)
  • Monday, May 14th: This is the last day to get discounted sustainability items like compost bins, rain barrels and accessories from Sustainable Verona. The pick up for items ordered will be Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Verona Civic Center Square. (See website for more information)
  • Tuesday, May 22nd from 6 pm - 8pm: The Office of Sustainability is seeking volunteers for a Trees Count training event at Independence park. More information about this city-wide street tree inventory can be found here. Use this form to register.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Come have your voice heard at the Second Public Meeting for the Newark Downtown Circulation Improvement Study at Newark City Hall, Council Chamber on the second floor. These plans aim to make Newark downtown streets easier to navigate for people who walk, bike, use public transit and drive. (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, May 26th from 9am to 1pm: Office of Sustainability tree planting in the west ward with the Urban League of Essex County. Email to get involved.
  • Saturday, May 26th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm: The Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference, Bridging Communities through Sustainable Development. (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, June 2nd at 10:30 am: Mayor Ras J. Baraka Will lead the 11th Annual Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade, honoring “Strong Women of Newark”. The parade will begin at Park Place and march down Raymond Boulevard to the new Horizon Fitness Trail, which starts between Madison and Providence Streets in the East Ward.
  • Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm: After the March, Mayor Baraka will cut the ribbon to open Phase 3 of the Horizon Wellness Trail and Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Fitness Zone at Raymond Boulevard between Madison and Providence Streets in the East Ward.
  • Wednesday, June 13rd from 8 am - 3 pm:Join the city of Newark for the annual Recycling Summit at the Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers Newark. (Flyer for the 2018 Recycling Summit)
  • Thursday, June 14th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Happy Hour in the Garden is back by popular demand! Relax with a peaceful night out. Enjoy a walk around the gardens while sipping a glass of wine, beer, or some fresh infused water.Only $10 through June 12th, or $15 at the door, includes one free beverage. 21+ only (See Flyer)

For Listing of Earth Day events taking place in other parts of New Jersey, please visit NJ DEP’s Earth day calendar

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