Learn about Scottsdale’s sustainability initiatives and conservation efforts during a weeklong celebration of Mother Earth! Earth Week 2023 kicks off with the Scottsdale Green Expo Earth Day event Sat., April 22, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Dr.

The event features a special rededication ceremony honoring the “Son of Godzilla,” the Scottsdale invention that advanced modern trash and recycling pickup. Bring family and friends to explore sustainability-focused educational booths and learn about the city’s eco-friendly initiatives. And don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle to fill up at the Scottsdale Water trailer!

Earth Week concludes on Arbor Day, Fri., April 28, with a tree planting ceremony to celebrate Scottsdale’s 41st year as a Tree City USA community. Scottsdale is recognized as a Tree City USA community for the 41st year, more times than any other Arizona community. To obtain Tree City USA recognition, a community must adopt a tree ordinance; appoint a board, department, or commission to advise the city on urban forest issues; spend at least $2 per capita on community forestry activities; and hold an Arbor Day celebration.

In between, the week will also feature guided hikes in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other opportunities to learn more about the city’s many accomplishments and initiatives in environmental sustainability.

April is also Citizen Science Month. Look for the return of scientific research kits at your local library branch to check out and take home.

Find details about Scottsdale Earth Week activities at scottsdaleaz.gov, search “Sustainable Scottsdale.”