Environmental Programs News - Fall 2021

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Promoting Environmental Awareness in the City of Irvine


Irvine Global Village Festival

The 2021 Irvine Global Village Festival will celebrate 20 years of community fun in tandem with the City's 50th anniversary of incorporation. The annual festival incorporates the best of Irvine’s historic fall festivals to offer food, art, and music at Great Park.

Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, interactive activities, and a petting zoo. Attendees of all ages will enjoy local and global cuisine, an artisan’s marketplace, music, art, and exhibits, all while attending Orange County’s premier festival.

Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Great Park
8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine

Clean Air Day Use

Take the Clean Air Day Pledge and
 Receive A Sustainable Product

October 6 is California Clean Air Day, which is built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to take action to improve our community health. By joining together for a unified day of action, we can create new habits to clear the air for all members of California’s diverse communities.

When you take the Clean Air Pledge, you commit to doing your part to clear the air through actions big and small such as: using natural all-purpose cleaners, buying produce locally, planting an indoor plant, and walking or biking to the store. 

Take the Clean Air Pledge by October 11. Then, forward your confirmation email to environmentalprograms@cityofirvine.org to receive a prize while supplies last. 

Drug Takeback

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 23

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Drop-off location in Irvine:
Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Irvine Civic Center Parking Lot
1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine

Free Paper Shredding Event

In partnership with the City of Irvine, Waste Management is hosting a free paper shredding event Saturday, October 23, at the Lakeview Senior Center. Irvine residents can safely and securely dispose of up to five banker-size file boxes (dimensions 24 inches x 12 inches) at a mobile shredding unit on-site. The event is first-come, first-served, and will end when truck capacity is reached. Customers who wish to watch their paper be shredded will need to park in a designated area away from the truck and staff.

Saturday, October 23, 9 - 11 a.m.
Lakeview Senior Center
20 Lake Road, Irvine


Irvine Ranch Water District Water Saving Sweepstakes

Don’t waste a good thing. Responding to the governor’s request for 15% voluntary water use reductions around the state, Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) has launched the Drought Response 15% Savings Sweepstakes to encourage customers to do their part to help California. Visit IRWD.com for details and a checklist of water-saving tips. Complete new accomplishments each month through December to increase your savings and your chances to win.

America Recycles

      America Recycles Day is November 15

America Recycles Day is about educating individuals on being more mindful of what they consume and where and how to recycle properly. Individuals are also encouraged to pledge to recycle more and recycle right in their everyday lives. Learn more here.

Learn more at Recycle Often. Recycle Right.

no Straw

No Straw November

Plastic straws are one of the leading plastic polluters of the ocean – help us change that! "No Straw November" was created to bring awareness to the many plastic straws being used once and then thrown away in a single month. Jr Ocean Guardians challenges you to refuse plastic straws the whole month of November and to keep a tally of how many straws you eliminated from potentially ending up in the ocean. The ultimate goal of "No Straw November" is to use the single-use plastic straw ban as a wake-up call to all the other plastic you unknowingly use in your life.

Please share this challenge with others and use the hashtag #NoStrawNovember on social media. 

cool city

Cool City Challenge

City of Irvine Environmental Programs would like to invite residents to participate in the Cool City Challenge, a climate moonshot strategy – an ambitious, exploratory, and ground-breaking approach to reach community-wide and inclusive sustainability – to get the City of Irvine to carbon neutrality by 2030.

Developed by the Empowerment Institute, this initiative lays out a strategy for cities to reach community-wide and inclusive sustainability. In this model, the City of Irvine will work with community Team Leaders, who will create “Cool Blocks” within their sphere of influence.

City of Irvine staff will provide training materials and resources to the Team Leaders to guide them through this program. 

Cool Block teams will meet, discuss, and implement sustainability concepts related to energy efficiency, water conservation, emergency preparedness, social justice, and more! You can view more about this at The Cool Block Journey | Cool Block.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering to support climate action in Irvine by joining a Cool Block Team, please contact EnvironmentalPrograms@cityofirvine.org

Green Biz

Support Irvine Green Business Program

The City of Irvine is now offering a FREE Green Business Assistance Program designed to help businesses operate sustainably and receive public recognition for their efforts. Becoming a Certified Green Business means implementing practices that reduce energy and water consumption, prevent pollution, divert waste from landfills, and assist staff in creating a cleaner, healthier environment for their employees.

View Green Business Video

Green Ribbon Committee

Green Ribbon Environmental Committee

Join the next meeting October 13.
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