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Get Outside RVA!

Looking for fun Earth Day activities? Celebrate Richmond's great outdoors, and our planet, with tips, events and more!

Earth Day 2024 Events in Downtown Richmond

With Earth Day activities for for kids and adults alike, there's a way for everyone to get involved in Downtown Richmond!

The Business of Climate

Thursday, April 18, 4-6 PM, Quirk Hotel

Did you know that commercial and industrial buildings account for over 40% of Richmond's greenhouse gas emissions? Businesses and nonprofits play a vital role in helping to meet the City of Richmond's ambitious climate and resiliency goals. They also have an opportunity to take the lead on these challenges, serving as models in their sectors for how to proactively address climate change. Learn how your business can take the lead on climate, reduce risk, save money, and become a model for Richmond's bright economic future.

Learn more and RSVP for the event here.

Paddle In Your Park on Belle Isle

Saturday, April 20, 10 AM-2 PM, Belle Isle

RVA Paddlesports is hosting another Paddle in Your Park event for Earth Day! Meet on Belle Isle from 10am-2pm; RVA Paddlesports will supply boats, gear, and all necessary equipment to paddle in the flatwater pond. This event is FREE, and RVA Paddlesports will be accepting donations for Boys to Men Mentoring Network of VA. Learn more about the event and register here.

Belle Isle Cleanup/Litter Survey

Sunday, April 21, 9 AM-12 PM, Belle Isle

Friends of the James River Parks System is hosting a different kind of cleanup for Earth Day! Using an app, you'll catalog the litter you collect, helping FJRPS plan Park signage and education efforts. Meet at the foot of the Belle Isle Suspension Bridge, and download the LitterX app.

Find more information and the app download here.

Easy Earth Day Tips

Easy ways you can make the world a better place

Explore Volunteer Opportunities

Many of Richmond’s public space focused nonprofits operate through the support of volunteers, so consider setting aside some time outdoors while helping keep our public spaces maintained and safe.

Utilize Public Transit

As we celebrate Earth Day, it’s important to recognize the impact that our daily choices, activities and habits have on the environment, especially in the local community. One easy way to reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainability is by utilizing GRTC. Downtown's regular public bus service routes, like the 1, 2, 3 and 5, are convenient and accessible. With 15-minute service running from surrounding neighborhoods, our GRTC bus system makes navigating to and from downtown Richmond stress-free and easy.

The GRTC Pulse (Bus Rapid Transit) stops at 14 activity centers along its route with 8 stops throughout downtown. Buses arrive every 15 minutes (or sooner)! The Pulse is the best option to navigate short trips throughout the city’s core and is made easy and free with zero fare until 2025. Did we mention there’s free Wifi on the bus?

Shop Sustainably

By choosing products made from eco-friendly materials, supporting local businesses, and purchasing items with minimal packaging, we can reduce waste and conserve resources. Additionally, buying secondhand items from shops like Circle Thrift, Capitol Vintage, or Stockpile Men's Boutique, renting or borrowing instead of purchasing new, and repairing or repurposing goods can help to extend their lifespan and reduce the need for new products. By making a conscious effort to shop sustainably, we can reduce our impact on the planet and support a more responsible and ethical approach to consumerism.