A Sunset Hills committee focused on green initiatives is expanding their Earth Day event to include Missouri’s first Global Run 4 Water.
The Green Objectives for Sunset Hills Committee’s free event previously included local green vendors, children’s activities, and recycling opportunities.
“This has been a fun event for the past two years, but, it is time to grow,” said Ward I Alderman Dee Baebler, who coordinates the event.
“We wanted to reach out to the public because there just seems to be a lot more people wanting to get involved this year, and we want to reach out and educate the residents on sustainability issues, recycling information, and the water crisis.”
Now, with the help of the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Rotary Club, they’re introducing a 5k sponsor run to bring clean water to all parts of the world. Global Run 4 Water is organized by local Rotary clubs. Funds raised go toward Matching Grant (MG) and Global Grant (GG) clean water and sanitation projects, according to the project website.
“We hope to continue to educate our community and the St. Louis area about the water crisis and other sustainability issues,” Baebler said. “I hope the mission of this organization reaches well beyond April 14th and touches hearts through spreading the word that help is needed.”
A plant exchange sponsored by the Sunset Hills Garden Club and children’s activities are scheduled afterward at the Sunset Hills Community Center.
Roughly 300 residents attended last year's event, Baebler said.
The event has been moved to April 14 to avoid competing with the St. Louis Earth Day Festival in Forest Park on April 20, according to Baebler. Residents will have the opportunity to recycle clothes, shoes, Christmas lights, batteries, glass, and other items.