Earth Day 2020

Join the City of Hayward in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020!


Earth Day is an opportunity to reflect on our community’s commitment to sustainability and responsible stewardship of the environment. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is an important chance to recognize outstanding environmental achievements, engage with environmental topics, and commit to making a difference. Each year, the City hosts activities dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and its environmental principles: the Environmental Awards, the Poster and Writing Contest, and the Annual Citywide Clean-Up. While Earth Day falls on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Earth Day Events are scattered around the spring. Please help us celebrate Earth Day by participating and encouraging others to participate!

2020 Poster and Writing Contest


The Poster and Writing Contest invites Hayward students to create a poster or write a poem/essay about Earth Day and its environmental principles. It gives students an opportunity to draw or write their thoughts on water and energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable transportation and meals, recycling and composting, and a litter-free environment. See here for more information. See here to download an entry form. Entries are due by March 13, 2020. The winners will be awarded at the June 2nd City Council meeting. 

See the 2020 winning entries here.

CANCELLED - 37th Annual Citywide Clean-Up


(3/23) - Unfortunately, this year's Annual Citywide Clean-Up & Community Fair has been cancelled in accordance with the CDC's recommendation to cancel any gatherings that expect more than 50 people in the next eight weeks. 

The Annual Citywide Clean-Up is a litter pick-up event hosted at Weekes Park. Volunteers come together to collect litter and abandoned debris in various neighborhoods throughout the City. The effort demonstrates that Hayward cares about the community and that littering is not accepted. The Annual Citywide Clean-Up will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

If you are unable to make it to Weekes Park, but would like to organize a litter pick-up in your neighborhood or at your school on April 25th, please contact Sustainability Specialist, Nicole Grucky at The City of Hayward can provide you tools like gloves, bags, and litter grabbers and pick up your collected litter at the end of the day.

If you are interested in hosting a booth at the Community Fair, please also contact Sustainability Specialist, Nicole Grucky at

Environmental Awards

The City of Hayward sunsetted the Environmental Awards after the 2019 award cycle. The Environmental Awards recognized residents, businesses, organizations, and schools who had made exemplary efforts to become more sustainable over the past year. Moving forward, the City will be reallocating resources to nominate standout environmental businesses in Hayward to regional awards programs such as Acterra's Business Environmental Award and the StopWaste's Business Efficiency Award. If you believe your business should be nominated to a regional awards program or would like to learn more about certifying your business as a California Green Business, please contact Sustainability Specialist, Nicole Grucky at