06/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Earth Day Events and Fun and Easy Projects

I'll spare you the Earth-Day-is-every-day bit and just say this: Colorado's great.

We've got the purple mountains majesty and the fruited plains. We're staring right at "the environment" on the way to work, on the way home and on our weekends, so it's no surprise that it's pretty standard for folks around here to care about the environment.

Heck, you even end up caring about the environment if you don't care about the environment, considering climate change could negatively impact our state's bottom line.

So if you're doing something this year, what is it?


There are a ton of Earth Day events in Boulder and Denver, as you might expect, but here are two that I think are pretty darn cool.

B-cycle, Denver's new bike-sharing program, is launching on Earth Day with a party in Civic Center Park. The party starts at 8 a.m. and will feature appearances by the mayor and Jonny5 of the Flobots!

Tough to pick a favorite from the many Boulder Earth Day events, but if you want a full-on Boulder County experience, I have to recommend the party up in Nederland:

Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 in Golden, will be holding a 21-and-up "First Earth Day, 1970″-themed dance concert from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The event will be starring Seismic Shift with Bruce Lish and friends "The Earth Day-ja Vu" and a special concert featuring the Crosby Stills Nash and Young "Déjà vu" album and other great music from 1970. $15 cover benefiting the Carousel of Happiness (which is a real thing).


This week, I've been putting together a little DIY terraced planter so we can maximize the sun that gets to our urban garden. It's my way of doing an Earth Day thing that will result in lasting change in my household -- we hope be reaping the benefits of this one for months.

A more manageable project would be building your own version of the very popular Topsy Turvy tomato planter. Sure, you could mosey down to the store and buy one, but why do that when you probably have the materials for your DIY hanging tomato planter right at home? Besides, these look cooler.

If a party is more your speed, Mel Sidwell wrote a pretty cool guide to having a clothing swap party over at BigGreenBoulder.


Maybe you're more into staying at home and sticking to your routine because, of course, every day is... well, you know.