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EcoBLAST 2024

Come join us for a day filled with sustainable fun! All profits from EcoBLAST go towards Accelerate Climate Solutions' youth programs. Read more down below.

Event Details

Location:

Naperville Central High School

440 W Aurora Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540

Honor Garden

Date and Time: 

August 10, 2024 

10 AM - 4 PM

Contact Us: 

contact@acceleratclimatesolutions.org

NOTICE: This event has many activities that are meant to fundraise for our youth programs. In order to buy items, you will need cash, card, or Apple Pay. 

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Please park in the designated parking lots. Entrances to the fair will be marked by the Welcome Table, where you will be given a digital brochure with this map and station descriptions. 

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What is EcoBLAST?

What is EcoBLAST?

EcoBLAST is an environmental event organized by Accelerate Climate Solutions, a non-profit in Naperville. It will showcase a plethora of sustainability-focused stations including a pop-up thrift shop, a bake sale utilizing recyclable and compostable materials, up-cycled clothing, sustainable crafts, and environmentally themed art showcase. A variety of fun games, crafts, and live music performed by local student-lead music organizations will be present for the duration of the event as well as a raffle! We will also have informational pamphlets on display that include insight on how to reduce individual energy usage and make homes and the greater community more sustainable. We hope to see you there!

Activities at EcoBLAST

Pop-Up Thrift Shop

Introducing our pop-up thrift shop, where fashion meets sustainability! Our mission is to combat fast fashion and environmental harm by promoting the reuse of clothing. By shopping with us, you can help reduce waste and give pre-loved clothes a second chance. All proceeds go to Accelerate Climate Solutions and our youth programs.

Bake Sale

Looking for a way to indulge in some delicious treats while also supporting a great cause? Our yummy baked goods are packed with sustainable packaging, so you can feel good about your purchase while satisfying your sweet tooth. All proceeds go to Accelerate Climate Solutions and our youth programs.

Up-cycle Station

Up-cycling is a great way to give life to old items and reduce waste. If you have old t-shirts or plastic bags lying around, don't throw them away just yet! There are plenty of creative ways to up-cycle them into something new and useful. Check out our demos of different up-cycling projects and learn more about the benefits of up-cycling. Let's work together to make the world a greener place!

Sustainable Art Showcase

Come see some inspiring environmentally themed art made from recycled materials! Our collection features pieces created by participants of all ages, showcasing the endless possibilities of repurposing everyday items instead of throwing them away. Check out our gallery and get inspired to create your own eco-friendly masterpieces! 

Raffles

Looking for an easy way to support us and win some amazing prizes? Join our raffles! We're offering tickets for a chance to win gift cards and other goodies from some of the best restaurants and shops in the Naperville area. All proceeds go to Accelerate Climate Solutions and our youth programs.

Games

Playing outside is the best way to get some vitamin D! We will have several outdoor games like frisbee, volleyball, and more. Grab your friends and family and enjoy some friendly competition in the beautiful sunshine!

Petitions for Environmental Change

EcoBLAST is proud to host two petitions that address important issues in our community and beyond. The first petition calls for a more bike-friendly Naperville, recognizing the benefits of cycling for both individuals and the environment. The second petition urges the state of Illinois to take action against the fast fashion industry, which has a negative effect on both people and the planet. By signing these petitions, you can join a growing movement for sustainable and equitable solutions. We encourage you to read more about these issues and add your voice to the cause.

Food Waste

Food waste is a big problem in our world! Learn about ways you can reduce food waste with interactive games and useful information. 

Accelerate Climate Solutions & BLAST

Come learn about Accelerate and our sustainable initiatives and youth programs! We will have lots of information on our upcoming Building Leadership Around Sustainable Transformation (BLAST) Program as well. 

NEST

Come learn about the Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force and how they are helping our community!

Activities
Sustainable Art Showcase

EcoBLAST
Sustainable Art Showcase

Submission Deadline:

July 1st, 2024 to August 5th, 2024

Rules:

  • Open to artists of all ages

  • All submissions must be made of fully recycled/reused materials OR be environmentally themed artwork

  • Submissions may make use of any art mediums including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, etc.

  • Participants must be available on August 10th, 2024 to attend the EcoBLAST in order to obtain the participation reward.

 

Submission Process:

  1. You create your unique artwork and once finished, you submit your name, age level, an explanation of recycled materials used, and a short paragraph about your artwork through our online submission form. 

  2. We will look through your submission and send a confirmation email on how to drop off your artwork in order to be displayed during the EcoBLAST Sustainable Art Showcase.

  3. Please make sure to drop off your submission within the allotted time frame in order to be showcased at EcoBLAST.

  4. If you attend the showcase, you may come to the showcase booth in order to collect your participation reward.

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