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Party for the planet this week

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/16/09 @ 2:14pm

In this sustainability round-up, get ready to celebrate EarthDay with a bundle of interesting events, from Tremont Electric celebrating their Personal Energy Generator to the international environmental and extreme sport film festival to the granddaddy, EarthFest, this Sunday, which introduces a few new twists this year.

This week is to environmentalists what the Rock Hall inductions were to music fans. There's no excuse not to celebrate the earth and the emergence of spring-capped by one of the biggest environmental festivals in the country, EarthFest 2009 at the Zoo. Here are some highlights of festivities leading up to EarthDay (April 22):

Aaron LeMieux has earned a patent for his Personal Energy Generator, his invention that powers iPods, cell phones and PDAs through the kinetic energy of walking. What we like so much about this 'green' power invention is it promotes a scarce commodity: Americans who walk (long enough to power their electronic gadgets). LeMieux's company, Tremont Electric, is also working with the University of Akron and OSU on a pilot project to harvest energy from Lake Erie's waves. The company will celebrate with an open house this Friday. More.

Lemieux isn't the only local product (he's a Westlake High School grad) to dream big and green. For the second year, Beachwood High School marketing students will host their GreenDream showcase, an exhibit of 70 local green businesses and concepts. Last year, the class raised thousands of dollars for a 'green' remodel of a classroom at their school. The event this is free; click here for details.

Show the earth some love on Sunday by biking or taking the free RTA 'clean' air bus from Public Square to the Zoo for EarthFest 2009. Keep the health beat going at this year's health and fitness stage where you can participate in kettle bell demos, yoga, Zumba, get wellness tips from Cleveland Clinic and raw foods experts, and run on an electric-free treadmill. Also new this year is an actual rain garden and cistern which will be permanently on display and measure how much rain water comes off the roof of the green home improvement area. A rain garden gives runoff a place to go that does not overload the storm sewer system and thus contribute to local flooding or damage streams and other aquatic ecosystems. GCBL will be there with the Cleveland Carbon Fund helping you calculate your carbon footprint and provide ways to reduce your impact. Read more.

Other EarthDay-inspired events

  • The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings adventure, extreme sports, cultural and environmental films to town for an exclusive Cleveland showing at the Allen Theatre, Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.
  • Get ideas on how to reduce your environmental impact at Akron's Learn Green, Live Green festival and at the Slavic Village's Work green, play green, live green both on Saturday, April 18.
  • LightsOut Ohio, organized by Sierra Club's Portage Trail Group, is seeking out workplaces, schools and churches pledging to switch off non-essential lights for at least one hour on Earth Day, April 22, as a simple step toward making energy saving choices every day.
  • "Who's your mama?" 3rd annual EarthDay and environmental film festival in Kent on April 24. A website powered by the wind is found at www.whosyourmama.org.
  • Northcoast Nature Festival of the Cleveland Metroparks, April 24-26.

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