March 28, 2022
Heights residents honor Earth Month with a wide range of grassroots events
Earth Month in the Heights is a crowdsourced effort led by the Cleveland Heights Green Team for Heights’ residents to participate in a wide range of activities and events designed to inspire awareness and advocacy for a healthier and greener Heights. Over thirty events, organized by the community for the community will provide everyone in the Heights with access to transformational action.
The Calendar of Events include a Bike Rally for World Health Day hosted by Bike Cleveland, neighborhoods, green spaces, and community gardens clean ups, nature walks, sustainability forums, the first Heights Sustainability Fair, Cleveland Heights Earth Day 5k run, a book discussion at the Heights Library, and free trees for all University Heights and Cleveland Heights residents who wish to have one or more planted in their yards.
Earth Month in the Heights seeks to connect local groups and organizations, whose commitment to a more sustainable and healthier way of life in our communities is so valuable but, in some cases, not well recognized. It brings their work into the spotlight and offers residents the opportunity to learn more by participating in one or more of the events and inspire them to join as members or volunteers. Healthy communities welcome everyone to join in making a difference. Some of the local organizations and groups supporting the effort include Friends of Heights Parks, Heights Tree People, Noble Litter Busters, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, ARTFUL, Future Heights, Boulevard Elementary Learning Garden, Bike Cleveland, Glendon Road Plus Neighbors, Heights Libraries, and the Nature Center at Shaker Heights.
In addition, the Cleveland Heights Green Team is supporting the Ukraine crisis relief efforts by partnering with MedWish International and conducting a discarded medical supplies collection drive as part of Earth Month. The drive emphasizes recycling, reusing, repurposing alternatives as a mechanism to divert waste from the landfill while also giving residents the opportunity to donate supplies to distribute to relief organizations operating in Eastern Europe. To make it easy for residents to drop off donations, the Green Team has organized two collection drives during two community events: the World Health Day Heights Bike Crawl on April 7, 4.00–6.00 p.m. at Boulevard Elementary School, and the Heights Sustainability Fair on April 23, 1–4 p.m. at Coventry PEACE Park.
Earth Month in the Heights is a groundbreaking community initiative intended to affirm that all have the responsibility and power to protect the environment, live healthier lives, and create an equitable, prosperous community for all.