Earth Day NWA kicks off the “40 Days and 40 Nights of Re:Birth 2.0” celebration with a bang on Thursday, April 5, with events all day long including the ECO-Trade Show, a mayoral proclamation, and a B-Earth Day Party.  These are just a few of the 98 events that will last from April 5 to May 14 all around town.

“Fayetteville has the longest, consecutive Earth Day festival in the nation,” said Mikel Lolley, Chairman of Earth Day NWA. “Over the last three years, this event has really grown exponentially.  We’re really excited about the 2012 line-up.  We hope that people will come to these diverse events and have a good time while learning about and celebrating sustainable lifestyles.”

The ECO-TradeShow will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at East Square Plaza and will feature local growers, local green builders such as Stitt Energy, local Green Building Products suppliers such as Natural Building Solutions, and T&T Green Insulation.   Several nonprofits will be on hand such as the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere, the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, and OMNI 350.  Many other nonprofit vendors and local businesses will be on hand.

Car aficionados can check out some beautiful electric and hybrid plug-in automobiles such as the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and late 70’s Fiat X1-9 conversion, which will be on display at the event.

At 6 p.m., Mayor Lioneld Jordan will read a proclamation at the Town Center Plaza.  Immediately afterwards, head over to the Matt Miller Studio behind Tiny Tim’s Pizza for the B-Earth Day Party, a Zero-Waste, ECO-PotLuck.  It’s a B.Y.O.D.—bring your own dish—event, which lasts from 6 to 10pm.

We will serve cake and certified organic libations for beer and wine while people dance to hot Zydeco tunes of Snake Eyes and the Bug Band.  There will also be a Trashion Fashion show and a silent ECO-ArtAuction, where patrons can bid on one-of-a-kind ECO-Eggs created by local artists.

“A major part of what we are trying to do with the ’40 Days and 40 Nights: Re-Birth 2.0 celebration is get people’s attention with events that are fun and experiential,” said Lolley. “In the end, this is about getting people to recognize the things that they already do that support a sustainable lifestyle and expand on that.  The key to helping our environment is changing people’s habits.  We hope this will do that for a lot of people.”

To learn more about Earth Day NWA and check out the ECO-Passport of events, visit: or check out or @EarthdayNWA on Twitter.