Earth Day 2022

Earth Day 2022 was April 22, and this year marked the 52nd anniversary of this celebration. Now is the time to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods — and together, embody this year's Earth Day theme: Invest in Our Planet. 

The City of Irvine celebrated Earth Day this year with various activities, events, and calls-to-action leading up to the month of April and beyond.

You can use the resources below for inspiration on ways to continue celebrating Earth Day all year long: Learn about the Earth, Do Projects at Home, Embrace the Outdoors, and Evaluate Your Home Habits. If you have questions, or need more information, please contact the City of Irvine Environmental Programs team at 949-724-7669. Be sure to sign up for the Environmental Programs quarterly e-newsletter to keep up-to-date on the City's sustainability programs.

How to Celebrate Earth Day 2022

Join the Cool City Challenge

What better way to support Earth Day than by supporting Irvine's mission to become a carbon-neutral City by 2030! Irvine has been selected to participate in the Cool City Challenge, a $1 million grant competition among California cities to develop the most innovative pathways to carbon neutrality. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering for the Cool Block program and improve sustainability and quality of life in your own neighborhood. Learn more at cityofirvine.org/coolcity.

Learn about the Earth

Make Every Day Earth Day

Do your part this Earth Day by taking small steps each day, which can lead to big changes overtime. Find easy-to-follow Earth Day tips from Irvine's Environmental Programs here.

Stay Educated at Home 

Visit earthday.org to learn more about this year’s theme, Invest in Our Planet, and learn how to take action and educate yourself and family this Earth Day.

Learn about Our Local Habitat

The Irvine Open Space Preserve is home to a vast amount of native plants and animals unique to our habitat. The City of Irvine's partner, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, offers a variety of stewardship activities where you can volunteer your time to give back to nature. Learn more at letsgooutside.org/activities.

Make Nature Fun for the Kids

The Environmental Nature Center offers scheduled programs; virtual field trips; informative videos; and live streams of their butterfly house, reptiles, birds, and more. Learn more at encenter.org.

Do Projects at Home

Compost from Home

Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your plants, plant new seedlings in eggshells, and more. Learn more tips at earthday.org.

Interested in composting but you don't have the space? No problem. Try Vermicomposting, or worm composting, which recycles food waste in a small container, and no yard or yard waste needed. Watch our video to learn simple worm composting techniques and start producing a nutrient-rich organic plant food called Black Gold today.

Embrace Your Green Thumb

Tend to your garden, and plant some pollinator-friendly flowers in your yard. Pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees are essential for plant reproduction, and make for a pretty sight in your garden as well. Learn a few tips at nrdc.org

Embrace the Outdoors

Get Outdoors

Take a walk in your neighborhood or do yoga in your backyard. Learn more about Irvine's parks and open space at cityofirvine.org/parks.

Evaluate Your Home Habits

Change Daily Routines

Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to energy conservation and recycling efforts. Make sure to turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, close the refrigerator door, and turn lights off when you leave the room. Trade in your plastic bags for reusable Tupperware, and sort cans and bottles to recycle. Learn more at energy.gov/energysaver.

Live Sustainably 

Learn ways to reduce your water use and food waste, recycle more, decrease your household carbon footprint, and more at epa.gov

Save Energy at Home

There are many unique ways to save energy at home you might not think of, such as closing blinds to keep out afternoon heat or cooking with a grill to keep your home cooler. Learn more at sce.com.

Recycle Right

Honor the Earth by recycling at home! Check out Waste Management's guide to recycling, including basic rules to follow and common recycling myths, at wm.com.

 Use Water Efficiently

Get the latest news on water efficiency and the steps you can take while at home more to save water from Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD). Find a variety of resources at RightScape.com and the IRWD watering schedule here.