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Rock the Green’s 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration: To Follow Milwaukee Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup

Apr 01, 2023 12:00AM ● By Natural Awakenings Milwaukee
From 9 a.m. to noon on April 22, Milwaukee Riverkeeper will host the 28th annual Spring Cleanup, a community-wide event to clean up and restore our rivers in over 80 locations around the Milwaukee River Basin in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties. Free T-shirts, gloves and trash bags are provided to volunteers. Afterward, cleanup volunteers and the community are invited to the Rock the Green’s (RTG) 12th annual Earth Day celebration presented by Milwaukee Riverkeeper, held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum campus.

The free, zero-waste celebration includes a concert on a pedal-powered stage headlined by SistaStrings. Many local organizations committed to conservation, education and sustainability will be present including the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Bublr Bikes, City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office, Riveredge Nature Center and Compost Crusader. The celebration will feature a new family area with kids programming using solar power, courtesy of Arch Electric. The Harley Davidson Museum’s bar and restaurant, Motor, will offer sustainable fare and local beer for purchase.

This year, RTG will honor Cheryl Nenn with the 3rd Dan Aukofer Earth Day Rockstar Award. Nenn has been with Milwaukee Riverkeeper for 20 years and serves various roles with the organization.

Rock the Green educates, engages and empowers the community to take eco-actionable steps to live, work and play in a zero-impact world by showcasing sustainability, innovation and best practices. Their goal is to help communities and events maximize recycling, minimize waste and reduce consumption while inspiring others to replicate their model of sustainable festival production.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a science-based advocacy organization committed to protecting, improving and advocating for water quality, wildlife habitat and sound management of the Milwaukee, Kinnickinnic and Menomonee River watersheds.

To register for the Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup, visit

Rock the Green location: 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. For more information, visit