Earth Day Coalition was incorporated in 1990 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Earth Day in Ohio.
With a small budget, two staff persons, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, EarthFest ’90 was presented in the newly constructed RainForest building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Over 38,000 people attended our first Earth Day event along with exhibitors from northeast Ohio environmental organizations, agencies, schools, businesses, and generous event sponsors. Since 1990, hundreds of exhibitors and between 10,000 and 50,000 visitors attend EarthFest, making this event one of the longest standing and most successful Earth Day celebrations in the country.
From an initial environmental education focus on recycling and solid waste, energy efficiency and conservation, and community pollution prevention, our staff has grown to six full time persons with the support of up to six interns per year. Our programs have grown into nationally recognized environmental education and leadership programs that serve students, teachers, neighborhood and community organizations, government agencies and business.
A tremendous influence on Earth Day Coalition was David Brower, the father of the modern environmental movement. From helping us plan our programs, to participating in EarthFest and allowing us to use his name for our annual volunteer award, David gave generously of himself to help make sure Earth Day Coalition did our best to conserve, protect and restore the Earth.