About Earth Day Network

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 50,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

All of EDN’s activities, whether greening schools or promoting green economic policies at home and abroad, inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children. With its partner organizations, EDN provides opportunities at the local, state, national and global levels. At every turn, EDN works to broaden the definition of “environment” to include all issues that affect our health, our communities and our environment, such as greening deteriorated schools, creating green jobs and investment, and promoting activism to stop air and water pollution.

Over the last 45 years, EDN has executed successful environmental campaigns on issues ranging from climate change and drinking water to voter registration and saving the whale. Our core programs today focus on:

Greening Schools and Promoting Environmental Education In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and The Clinton Foundation, EDN’s Green Schools Campaign, aims to green all of America’s K-12 schools within a generation.  Green schools save money, conserve energy and water, and foster better-performing, healthier students.  EDN’s Educators’ Network, used by over 30,000 teachers and administrators nationwide, provides innovative tools and resources to promote civic participation and to develop a sense of environmental responsibility among students of all ages. Together, EDN’s Education and Policy Teams organize federal and state legislative campaigns to green school facilities, improve school food, and enhance environmental education and civic engagement and improve environmental education.

Accelerating the Global Green Economy

For years, EDN has created dialogues and conferences engaging civil society, corporate, and government leaders on how to transition from a traditional, fossil fuel-based economy to one based on renewable energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable development principles. Our Global Day of Conversation continues to provide local government leaders with an opportunity to engage with their constituents in a dialogue about renewable energy, sustainability and the green economy.  As in 2010, EDN will co-host the Climate Leadership Gala with Sir Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room at the Creating Climate Wealth Conference, convening the world’s most successful green business leaders. EDN’s newest initiative, Women and the Green Economy (WAGE™), is promoting the unique leadership role women bring to advancing green economic and investment policies at the international, national and local levels.

The Green Cities Campaign

The Green Cities Campaign aims to protect the health and wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable populations by decreasing climate change emissions and create financial opportunities in the growing green economy.  Much of the campaign will focus on the potential for new and existing buildings to be a major source of carbon reduction and models of efficiency. Globally, buildings are the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. Bringing new building innovations along with energy efficiency practices, financing mechanisms, renewable energy sources, and a renovated grid structure into more homes, schools, businesses and communities is critical, and will reap tangible rewards in the form of innovation, new jobs, improved economic stability, and lower energy costs.
The Green Cities Campaign objectives are to:
  • Increase public awareness and build consumer demand for energy efficiency and renewables through education, social networking, and public policy campaigns;
  • Mobilize key constituencies to create widespread support for progressive policies through communications, demonstration projects and grassroots organizing; and
  • Generate concrete commitments for innovative and replicable initiatives from key stakeholders such as industry and government leaders around renewables, energy efficiency, and climate solutions.