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Water Education Foundation

Held each March in Sacramento, the Foundation's annual Executive Briefing features speakers from stakeholder groups, the Legislature and governmental agencies that play important roles in making policy decisions about water. Representatives from the urban, business, farming, environmental and public interest sectors discuss and debate their viewpoints on current water issues at this day-and-a-half briefing. The William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is a one-year program that identifies young community leaders from diverse backgrounds, including members of minority and ethnic communities, and educates them about water issues. 2007 Calendar

Celebrate Earth Day

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. It was a time when cities were buried under their own smog and polluted rivers caught fire. Now Earth Day is celebrated annually around the globe. Through the combined efforts of the U.S. government, grassroots organizations, and citizens like you, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a world-wide campaign to protect our global environment. United States Environmental Protection Agency Earth Day Desk

California is in EPA's Region 9, and here are the 2006 Earth Day events listed for California. We will update links as the 2007 events are announced.

California and Region 9 Earth Day events Here are the events in SoCal:

Aquarium of the Pacific

California State Parks Foundation

Los Angeles Zoo

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

County-Sponsored Events

San Diego EarthWorks

WorldFest 2006

LA's Largest EarthDay Festival
Woodley Park, Encino, Ca.


San Diego EarthWorks/San Diego Earth Day

The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. EarthFair 2007 will be the 18th anniversary. Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors. Produced by 400+ volunteers, EarthFair features more than 200 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Kids’ Activity Area, five entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade (All Species Welcome) and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Parade and Show.

Review the list of exhibitors. EarthFair exhibiting is open to all types of organizations: non-profit, for-profit, government departments and agencies, individuals, clubs, schools, churches, etc. Costs range from $139 – for a 10' x 10' space for a small non-profit – to $2,625 – for a 10' x 20' double-booth for a large corporation. You can download an EarthFair Exhibitor Packet beginning January 1; study the materials carefully. If you decide you would like to participate, fill out the Exhibitor Form and mail it to EarthWorks with your payment.

You'll see lots of stuff to buy at EarthFair. But there is one difference between EarthFair and the Mall -- the profits from all sales at EarthFair go to support nonprofit organizations (required by city rules concerning sales on public lands). In fact, for many of the smaller non-profits, EarthFair can be a significant source of funding for their activities.

(858) 272-7370
Location: Balboa Park

San Diego Enviro Fair - June 2007

San Diego Enviro Fair was held in conjunction with the San Diego County Fair in June 2006. This event, which had been held in the fall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, focuses on the importance of recycling, buying products that contain recycled content or environmentally-friendly materials, and other ways to protect the earth. It will be held during two days of the 2007 San Diego County Fair -- dates to be determined. Included in this special interest section were:
  • A straw bale house.
  • Exhibitors with environmentally friendly products
  • A fashion show with clothes made from renewable-resources fabrics
  • Non-profit organizations with important information
  • Informative speakers
  • Arts and crafts with recycled materials
Contact the Fairgrounds' Resource Conservation Office at 858-792-4298. Nancy Strauss can give rate info as well as attendance and history of this growing Enviro Fair. Call or email:

The 2007 Enviro Fair will be held for 2 days (TBD) during the San Diego Fair
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014

Conferences and Events

California Resource Recovery Association

California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, pollution prevention, and composting. The CRRA works to expand markets for recycled materials, promotes sustainable materials policies and is a clearinghouse for information, innovation, and industry and governmental initiatives. CRRA newsletters, workshops and conferences provide up-to-the-minute information on issues that shape the recycling and composting fields.
DID YOU KNOW? Recycled newspaper can be de-inked and made into newspaper again, and is also used in home insulation materials, animal bedding, compost material and fuel.

California Recycles Day

Make the pledge to recycle and you will be joining others in California and across the nation who are committed to the reduction, reuse, recycling, and responsible disposal of resources.

America Recycles Day

Your attitude, your actions, can make a world of difference. Let's each do our part. Because almost everything can be recycled except the planet. America Recycles Day (ARD) is a national all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The goal of our annual campaign is to encourage Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

World Water Monitoring Day

Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach Ca
World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is an international outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. Held annually between September 18 and October 18, the program engages communities in monitoring the condition of local rivers, streams, estuaries and other water bodies. Since its inception in 2002, more than 80,000 people have participated in 50 countries.

Zero In on Zero Waste:

Don't Let Your Bottom Line Go to Waste Conference
Del Mar Fairgrounds
San Diego County, CA
This is the 2nd Conference focused on Zero Waste Business in California (see for details on the 1st Zero Waste Business Conference in Orange County). Hear directly from Zero Waste Businesses how they diverted over 90% of their wastes from landfill and incineration. This event will also feature world-renowned Gunter Pauli, founder and leader of Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (see He will talk about "Green and Healthy Buildings, Businesses and Education the Zero Waste Way."

West Coast Green

(800) 724-4880
San Francisco, CA
Over 8,000 of you attended 2006 West Coast Green to make our inaugural conference a huge success. News from this year's conference: "New Report Shows How Residential Green Building Will Be Worth $19 Billion to $38 Billion By 2010.... Results of a McGraw-Hill Construction/National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey indicate that 2005 saw a 20 percent increase in the number of home builders producing green, environmentally responsible homes. The study indicates that number will grow by another 30 percent this year."

Green Festival

San Francisco, CA
Green Festivals celebrate what's working in communities, for people, for businesses and for the environment. Here, green means safe, healthy communities and strong, local economies. Green is the color of hope, of social and economic justice, of ecological balance. Green Festival is a project of Global Exchange and Co-op America.

Western Region Pollution Prevention Network

WRPPN Conference
1-800-222-TREE (8733) or 1-619-297-5466
San Diego, CA
WRPPN is proud to serve as the chief forum for our regional P2 programs to meet and discuss the major issues affecting our region. In addition, WRPPN will make a solemn promise to continue its tradition of providing the best and most current P2 information available to its conference attendees.

Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPNTM) is a strategic alliance involving local, state, federal and tribal pollution prevention (P2) programs throughout EPA Region 9, which includes the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, the Tribal Lands and the Trust Territories of Guam and American Samoa. WRPPN was established in 1997 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve communication and information dissemination among network members to maximize efficiency of P2 implementation.

Asphalt Rubber 2006 Conference

Palm Springs, CA
The theme "Smooth and quiet ride for the 21st Century"covers the highway and surfacing topics to be covered in papers, talks and exhibits.

Byproducts Beneficial Use Summit

San Francisco, CA
The beneficial use of high-volume, low-hazard industrial byproducts is expanding, with a number of applications gaining market and regulator acceptance. However, the question of whether these byproducts can be recycled in an environmentally and economically sound manner is currently an impediment to further development and expansion of the practice. Representatives include the private sector, reuse and recycling community, non-profit organizations, trade associations, researchers, local, state and federal government agencies.

Green California Summit

Sacramento, CA
This summit will be a first for the state — an opportunity to discuss and preview the full range of products and services that will be needed to achieve the goal of a “Green California.” For more information, write to or call 323.936.7125.

Landfill Symposium & Solid Waste Managers Trends & Challenges Conference

6/25/2007 - 6/30/2007
SWANA - The Solid Waste Association of North America
San Diego, CA
Managers conference includes contracting and procurement, financial status of Solid Waste industry, public pplicy, regional systems, leadership issues, health and safety, trends in conversion technology, business planning, resource utilization and sustainability issues...and communication, education and outreach efforts.

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