Earth Day Southern Tier

Our History


Earth Day Southern Tier was established in 1990 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. We have held our annual Earth Fest in a variety of venues. The history below gives a feel for what the fest was, is, and can be!

Ross Park Zoo
1990 - A week of celebration ends in a weekend of rain and a wonderful festival at the zoo.
1991- Speakers at Binghamton University from Alaska focus on experiences of the Native American population in the region.
1992 - Model Community Project features green homes, buildings, and exhibits.

Grippen Ice Rink
1993 - Fest is postponed for one week due to flooding. Events include landfill tours and US Postal Service Earth Day stamp.
1994 - The Blue Planet highlights our groundwater, streams, rivers, and oceans.
1995 - Trees is the theme for the 25th Anniversary of Earth Day; additional USPS Earth Day stamp.
1996 - Our Earth, Our Home with Earth Week at Binghamton University and presentation by writer/activist Lois Gibbs.

Roberson Museum and Science Center
1997 -At the Confluence showcases the unique position of Binghamton at the intersection of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. Author and speaker Rick Marsi signs copies of his new book.
1998 - Eco Café features live music and organic food buffet.
1999 - Exploring the diverse topography and biology along the river; the Eco Café returns.
2000 - Live shows by the Ithaca troupe “Compost Theater”; local authors sign copies of newly released works.
2001 - Variety performer Jack Golden, aka Dr. T., in “Garbage is my Bag”; also a live bee colony.

Heritage Country Club
2002 - Native American opening ceremony, vegetarian food buffet, alternative building methods.

Broome Community College Ice Rink
2003 - Dr. T. returns, bio-diesel vehicles on site.
2004 - Events include the Drumcliffe Irish Dancers, Native American crafts, magic shows.
2005 - Bio-diesel and alternative fuel vehicles and solar cars produced by area high school students.
2006 - Demonstrations and discussions concerning alternative building methods.
2007 - Straw bale presentation area constructed and utilized on-site.

Roberson Museum and Science Center
2008 - Inaugural River Trails Bicycle Cruise to Otsiningo Park along with the usual but never ordinary selection of musicians, performers, activities, and food in a neighborhood setting.

MacArthur Park and School
2009 – Earth Day Southern Tier’s 20th anniversary celebration included the 2nd Annual River Trails Bicycle Cruise and the naming of Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo as the Fest’s honorary chair.
2010 - Theme was “Healthy Planet, Healthy People.” The 3rd annual River Trails Bicycle Cruise and live outdoor music ranging from indie rock to New Orleans jazz.
2011 - Award-winning documentary “The Economics of Happiness” was shown along with a continuation of recycling of white goods in Gary’s rolloff 4th annual River Trails Bike cruise. Six bands played life outdoors while Scott and Dave Bagg performed acoustic sets in the Nezuntoz Deli.
2012- The 23rd annual Earth Fest scheduled for the MacArthur Park and School was cancelled due to extensive damage done by spring flooding.

SUNY Broome
2013 - A new home and new partners, the Earth Fest returned. Partners included: SUNY Broome’s Ecology Club, Roberson Center, and the Binghamton Zoo. The Ecology club coordinated a book exchange and the National Collegiate Clothing drive. The Roberson Center had planetarium shows and a children’s hands-on crafts table on the water cycle. The Binghamton Zoo provided its Zoomobile on the Zoo’s annual Grand Opening featuring the sea otter. The BC Trolley transported attendees from one venue to the other. The River Trails Bike Cruise was back, as well as six bands playing music from bluegrass to Celtic music.

2014 - We continue our annual tradition at SUNY Broome with the same partners in addition to our newest member: The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier. The Ecology Club coordinated the book exchange and clothing drive again along with an electronics recycling event. The Roberson Center had their planetarium shows and children's craft table. The Binghamton Zoo had their Zoomobile at the Fest and had their 139th grand opening. The Discovery Center held their 30th Anniversary grand opening featuring a signature exhibit "What's the Buzz" focusing on the importance of honeybees. The BC Trolley continued its free ride to transport attendees from one venue to another. As always we had the River Trails Bike Cruise along with many live music performances from local student groups and many amazing vendors.

2015 - Another great year with all of our partners. Food was provided by Nezuntoz and along with great music such as Johnny Only and local groups. We continued the free trolley to connect events with our partners at the Binghamton Zoo, Roberson Museum, and Discovery Center. The electronics recycling was a hit along with clothing donations for Coats N Clothes 4 kids.

2016 - For the first time, the event was held on a Sunday at the SUNY Broome campus. We still maintained our large crowds of support from the community of over 800 guests. Families of all ages enjoyed music entertainment and delicious food. Children learned about exotic animals from the Binghamton Zoomobile and explored other hands on activities while the adults gathered information about solar energy and recycling. Many new vendors and old joined us to make the event more successful from intricate bracelets made from bike chains to the calming effects of yoga and floating in Epsom salt. Local political representatives such as Donna Lupardo also made an appearance to show support.