MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Friday marks the 46th annual Earth Day. The annual celebration began in 1970 as a way to raise awareness about environmental issues and ignite change.

Minnesota is expected to climb into the top 10 for solar energy this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. It’s clear the state is conscious of many environmental issues, but there’s always more to be done. If you want to celebrate Earth Day while doing your part to reduce waste and preserve our environment,  here are a few of the events taking place around the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup

On Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m., people will gather throughout Minneapolis to clean up parks, neighborhoods and other community areas. The event is free and open to all ages. To find out where you can assist in in the cleanup, click here.

Light Rail Trains Powered By Wind Energy

Metro Transit and Xcel Energy announced that on Earth Day, the Blue and Green lines will be powered by 100 percent wind energy.

Free Coffee At Common Roots Café

Common Roots, located at 2558 Lyndale Ave S, is offering free coffee to anyone who brings in a reusable mug. Enjoy a great cup of coffee while doing your part to reduce waste!

Midtown Global Market Earth Day Celebration

On Sunday, April 21, the Midtown Global Market and Do It Green! Minnesota will host an Earth Day celebration. The celebration will feature food displays designed to learn about the environmental impact of some of our favorite foods, interactive programs for children, shopping tips and sustainable cooking demonstrations.

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