BEVERLY HILLS—The City of Beverly Hills will be hosting its 12th Annual Earth Day event on April 19. Residents are asked to “take the lead” on environmental sustainability.

The event will provide information about eco-friendly urban living, water conservation and rainwater harvesting, bee pollination, composting, used toy recycling, solar power alternatives and electric vehicles.

There will be a children’s booth hosted by the Beverly Hills Library where recycling-themed crafts and books will be on hand. A mobile earthquake simulator will be available to demonstrate the importance of emergency preparedness.

Free confidential document shredding and pet adoptions will be available. Complimentary 20-pound bags of compost and water conscious shower timers will be available for those in attendance while supplies last. A raffle is set to occur at 12 p.m. 

Canyon News spoke with Therese Kosterman, Public Information Officer for the City of Beverly Hills about the event. She indicated that about 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s soiree.

“It is important to conserve vital resources because we have a growing population and limits on energy, land and especially water. We have been in a drought going on the fourth year.  Awareness about the drought and conservation measures through education is the first step in cutting back on consumption.  There are many simple changes, such as planting drought tolerant plants and using low flow water fixtures, that the average person can make that will cut water composition significantly. By making these simple changes in lifestyle, we as a City, could avoid more extreme measures,” said Kosterman.

The Earth Day event will be held at the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market located on Civic Center Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free parking will be available to attendees at the Civic Center parking garage.

For more information, contact the City of Beverly Hills’ Public Works Services Department at (310) 285-2467 or go to