Eco-Passport lists Fayetteville Earth Day activities

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and it’s pretty crazy to think that as sustainability-focused as Fayetteville is, there’s never really been an organized, city-wide Earth Day festival in town.

Mikel Lolley, founder of the non-profit Treadwell Institute, noticed that there were a lot of Earth Day related activities already happening in Fayetteville on or or around the week of April 22 this year, and as he continued to log them on his calendar when he came across them, he realized that a lot of the organizations doing something for Earth Day this year weren’t aware of what others were doing.

“I realized that there must be a way to take everything everyone was doing, and somehow take advantage of the synergies that could be created and focus them in some way,” Lolley told us.

That’s when Lolley, and fellow FFEAC Green Economy member Melissa Terry, came up with the concept for an Eco-Passport that would provide a guide to all of the Earth Day activities planned for Fayetteville during the week of April 16-24.

About 4,000 of the Eco-Passports were printed on waste stock donated by local printers and distributed in and around Fayetteville, with the idea being to publicize the multitude of Earth Day related activities various groups had already planned.

In addition, Lolley, along with Terry and others, were able to convince several local businesses get involved by offering Earth Day related specials on sustainable or locally produced products.

The group has also distributed blank waste card stock donated by local printers to students at Fayetteville Public Schools, who are working to create B-Earth Day Cards to be displayed at East Square Plaza during Saturday’s Fayetteville Forward Summit.

Finally, Katy Deaton and the folks from Ozark Slow Food have compiled a list of local and organic foods and drink specials from several local restaurants and bars in town. That list is available on their website.

Earth Day festivities will kick off Friday, April 16 in front of the Fayetteville Town Center, where Mayor Lioneld Jordan will proclaim April 22, 2010 as the first annual Fayetteville Earth Day Festival.

Below is the list of Earth Day activities as well as the specials offered by some local businesses collected by Lolley, Terry, and Smith. You may also download the full Eco-Passport here.

Happy birthday, Earth Day.

Fayetteville Earth Day 2010 Events

Friday, April 16th

  • Mayoral Earth Day Proclamation @ the Nomkhubulwane Elephant on the Square – Noon.

Saturday, April 17th

  • Fayetteville Farmers Market @ Fayetteville Square – 7am to 1pm.
  • B-Earth Day Cards – Art Installation @ East Square Plaza Lobby – April 17th thru May 6th, 8 a.m.
    to 5 p.m.
  • Fayetteville Forward Summit @ East Square Plaza – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • FREE Washington County E-Waste Round-up @ Arvest Ballpark, Springdale – April 15th thru
    April 17th, 9 a.m. to Noon.
  • Green Your Life ECO-Trade Fair @ Fayetteville Public Library – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Earth Day Open House @ French Metro Antiques – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Presentation about Greensburg Kansas @ the Caring for Creation Conference on
    Mt. Sequoyah – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 18th

  • World Peace Wetland Prairie Earth Day Celebration @ 1121 South Duncan Avenue in South
    Fayetteville with Live Music from Emily Kaitz and Still on the Hill with Family Fun & Games –
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 19th

    • Earth Day Gardening @ Leverett Elementary School, 1124 Cleveland Ave. – 4pm to 6pm.
      Tuesday, April 20th
    • Curb the Clutter – Walk your block, street and/or neighborhood by yourself, with your family or as
      an organized neighborhood event to pick up litter – call 718.7685 for more info.

    Wednesday, April 21st

    • Artosphere – “The Gristle of Nature: Making Art in Leftover Places” visiting artist Stacy Levy
      investigates urban nature, from puddles to watersheds @ the UofA Fine Arts Building, room 213
      – call 442.5600 for more info – 5 p.m.
    • Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association – to learn more go to:

    Thursday, April 22nd – EARTH DAY!

    • Artosphere – Beyond Sublime: Changing Nature @ the Walton Art Center’s Joy Pratt Markham
      Gallery – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • University of Arkansas 2nd Annual Earth Day Festival @ UofA Union Plaza with Live Music &
      ECO-Vendors – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • ECO-Logical Fayetteville Launch Announcement @ Fayetteville Public Library – 1 p.m.
    • Earth Day Jam @ Rogue Pizza with Bent Grass Green – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Celebrate Earth Day with Dinner and Music by Jeff Kearney @ Greenhouse Grille – 6:30 p.m. to
      9 p.m.

    Friday, April 23rd

    • LEED Open House & 5K Fun Run sponsored by ClubHaus Gym, Fleet Feet, USGBC Membership
      Mixer, Green Drinks @ ClubHaus Gym – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Saturday, April 24th

    • Garden Fest & Garden Awards @ the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks – to learn more go to: – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Springfest on Dickson Street – to learn more go to: – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Bulky Waste Clean Up @ Root Elementary and Fayetteville Solid Waste & Recycling Facility –
      call 575.8398 for more info – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Earth Day Specials

    Bike City Cyclery
    Special: 10% off on Pedro’s Biodegradable Chain Lube to reduce point source
    pollution. And $5 per day / $30 per week Recycled Bike Rentals
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24, or while supplies last.

    Nightbird Books
    Specials: 15% off Local Economies Display devoted to Local Authors, Local Artists &
    select Books.
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24th

    French Metro Antiques
    Specials: Open House in honor of Earth Day – High-End Reuse.
    Duration: Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Flying Possum Leather
    Specials: Bruce will make free foot prints for the public.
    Duration: Saturday, April 17, Thursday, April 22, Saturday April 24

    ClubHaus Fitness
    Specials: Hosting an Earth Day Open House, USGBC Membership Mixer, Green Drinks and Fleet Feet 5K Fun Run.
    Duration: Friday, April 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Pack Rat Outdoor Center
    Specials: 20% off Osprey Resource Recycled Packs and more in stock items only.
    Duration: Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or while in quantities last.

    DK Design
    Specials: 10% off any Outdoor Furniture & 20% off LED Outdoor Lighting Products,
    Forestry Stewardship Council Certified Teak Wood Furniture, ECO-Patio, 100% Post-consumer recycled fiber outdoor furniture covers, Effective Environmental Services – Pond Magician organic pond care products.
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24.

    Good Things Boutique
    Specials: 10% off for customers that refuse a bag w/ their purchase.
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24.

    Terra Tots Natural Parenting
    Event: “Green Your Cleaning” & “Green Your Eating” – Lecture
    Duration: Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m. to 9, $7.00 per person.

    Fleet Feet
    Specials: 10% off Fleet Feet Brand Reusable water bottles. Donate a pair of “expired”
    running shoes to be recycled locally and get a Free recycled tote. 5K Fun Run @ ClubHaus Gym Friday, April 23rd, 6pm.
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24, or while supplies last.

    Specials: 15% off all clay pots in stock
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24, or while supplies last.

    Specials: Local Flowers at discounted price??
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24 or while supplies last.

    Specials: 15% off on all reclyled glass wares, recycled cotton throws, and organically
    grown / sustainably farmed chocolates
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24, or while supplies last.

    Black Sheep Salon
    Specials: 20% off our entire “No BS T-shirt” line, totally Green and Eco Friendly, $20.00 Dry Cuts thru-out the week.
    Duration: Saturday, April 17 thru Saturday, April 24, or while supplies last.