Sabino Canyon at sunrise

Join Tucson Electric Power from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 as we celebrate the Tucson Earth Day Festival at Children’s Museum Tucson and Armory Park. TEP will provide information and displays to help customers “Think Green, Go Green” all year long.

“TEP helped create the very first Tucson Earth Day Festival with the City of Tucson in 1995, and we’ve been an active participant ever since,” said Wendy Erica Werden, Manager of Community Investment and Philanthropy. “We’re committed to promoting sustainability by working closely with our community partners and directing our resources to support environmental programs that protect and preserve all of our natural resources.”

Hosted by the museum and sponsored by TEP, this free annual event features vendors and exhibits that will promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, ecology, gardening, composting, water harvesting, native plants and waste reduction. The event also will include live entertainment on two stages – including a performance by kid rockers Quadrant 44 – food, demonstrations and children’s activities.

For families with children, the museum is offering free admission that day. To enter the museum grounds and courtyard area, adults must be accompanied by a child under age 18.

In addition to having employee volunteers help staff the event, TEP will provide information on our programs and services, give demonstrations and offer free giveaways to customers:

Shade Tree and Nest Thermostat Raffle and LED Bulb Giveaway – TEP’s energy efficiency team will hold an hourly raffle to give away four desert-adapted shade trees. Two Nest thermostats also will be given out through a raffle. Customers can pick up a TEP tote and two LED bulbs, spin the wheel to earn other prizes and receive information about TEP’s energy efficiency programs.

TEP GoSolar Home and TEP GoSolar Shares – For customers interested in using locally-generated community solar to meet some or potentially all of their home’s energy needs, TEP will have information available on our TEP GoSolar Home and TEP GoSolar Shares programs.

Solar Trailer – TEP’s solar trailer will be on display to show customers firsthand how we harness clean, renewable energy from the sun to power electronics. The 25- by 14-foot trailer is equipped with solar panels that capture sunlight and convert it to energy. The energy generated from the panels will be used to power flat screen monitors that will display a slide presentation about TEP’s community solar arrays.

Raptor Protection Program – Eventgoers can learn about TEP’s award-winning Raptor Protection Program in partnership with the University of Arizona and our efforts to protect Harris’ Hawks, Great Horned Owls, Red-Tailed Hawks and other large birds from electrical hazards through our installation of protective devices on equipment and poles. Using an eagle puppet, Jessica Hayes, TEP Supervisor of Work Force Management and Analytics Technology, will demonstrate aspects of TEP’s equipment and lines that present a hazard to raptors when they come into contact with them.