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As we celebrate Earth Day, we celebrate YOU

Whether you bring a reusable straw or drive an electric vehicle, you make a difference in Pierce County (and on our planet!)


We asked—you responded
Each year in the November edition of the Earth Matters newsletter we ask for your opinions and concerns. This year we added the question “What sustainable actions apply to you?”

Most people who responded already take sustainable actions—and even more people plan to start something new this year.

Your top seven sustainable actions:

  1. Recycle
  2. Avoid wasting food
  3. Look for recycling alternatives before throwing things away
  4. Carry and use a reusable bottle or mug
  5. Limit use of disposable items (paper plates, utensils, straws)
  6. Look for options to reuse or borrow before buying new things
  7. Bring bags when shopping 

You help your neighbors
What stood out in the responses were how many people encourage and help others to take sustainable actions. People reported helping friends or neighbors by taking their glass to a recycling drop-off site or coordinating recycling at work.

We encourage you to celebrate Earth Day with your own acts of green and consider adding one new action. If you’re looking for ideas check out the learning opportunities below.

Compost drawing by a student
Compost investigations!

Meeker Elementary, Puyallup School District

The education team teaches composting lessons to the Kindergarten classes at Meeker Elementary, where they investigate compost and its critters with viewers.

After we leave, they put the lessons into practice by maintaining their classroom bins and keeping the worms fed and watered. Finished compost gets added to their school garden—the Kindergarden.

Great job Meeker students and teachers!

Learning Opportunities

Edible Gardens Workshop Series
Dates and locations vary
More info


Zero Waste Garden Series
Dates and locations vary
More info


Fruit Tree Education Series
March 16 and May 11, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Franklin Pierce Farm
More info


Rain Barrels: How to Make and Maintain
March 17, 1:30 p.m.
EnviroHouse (Tacoma)


Electric Vehicles: Why Now; What to Know
March 30, 10:30 a.m.
EnviroHouse (Tacoma)


Garden Networking Nights, hosted by Harvest Pierce County
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
March 18—Franklin Pierce Farm
April 4—Lakewood/Parkland
April 11—Puyallup/Bonney Lake
April 15—Graham/Eatonville
Registration & Details

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