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With COVID-19 impacting everyday life in countries all over the world, Earth Day celebrations are looking different this year. This Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th annual Earth Day, and the City of Sacramento is celebrating digitally.

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22 and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world as a day of action to change human behavior and provoke policy changes. 

With a climate action theme, April 22 will see “24 hours of action in a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet.”

Electric Vehicles

  • Sacramento is home to the largest free-floating electric vehicle car-share fleet in the nation.

  • The Sacramento region is ranked 2nd in the nation for density of fast chargers per 1,000,000 population.

  • The City was awarded as the #1 government green fleet in the nation in 2019.

  • The City – in partnership with EVgo – launched the nation’s first-ever curbside electric vehicle fast-charging plaza in May 2019.

  • Several City staff members were recipients of the Governor's "ZEVe award" for their work on an efficient permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations. Sacramento is considered one of the most electric vehicle-friendly cities in the United States and has more than 600 public and workplace electric vehicle chargers within city limits.

Carbon Emissions

  • From 2005 to 2016, the City of Sacramento reduced community green house gas emissions by 19 percent, exceeding the goal of a 15 percent reduction by 2020. The City's ultimate goal is to be carbon neutral by 2045.

  • The City sources over half of its total energy use from renewable resources. 

Water

SAcramento's Urban Forest

  • The City of Sacramento maintains more than 87,000 public trees of over 190 species along streets and in parks.

  • Sacramento’s urban forest reduces storm water runoff by more than 220,000 gallons, which saves about $466,000 in storm water management costs every year.

  • Sacramento trees absorb more than 73,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year.

  • From 2004 to 2016, the City’s tree canopy increased by almost 38 percent.

  • Each public tree provides $26 a year in economic and environmental benefits to Sacramento communities.

 

More events and info

  • NASA celebrates Earth Day

  • Learn about how the Mayors of Sacramento and West Sacramento are taking action to combat climate change.

  • Earth Day Network is hosting EARTHRISE, a series of actions and events.

  • The Climate Group is hosting a webinar to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day that explores how businesses are key participants in accelerating the clean revolution.

  • Earth Optimism is an online conference hosted by the Smithsonian April 22 to 26 that features stories of both small and large-scale actions that frame the conversation and demonstrate that success is possible. Share your stories of success with #EarthOptimism and help inspire millions of people around the world for greater impact.

  • Earth Day Ecochallenges  teach people about what they can do to reduce carbon emissions and address other environmental and equity issues.