The Late Ivory Young, Jr., to be Honored at 3rd Annual Vine City Earth Day Festival

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 1:00pm during the 3rd Annual Vine City Earth Day Festival, a special dedication by the National Black & Latino Council USA, Trees Atlanta and the community will honor the late Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Young, Jr., by planting trees in his name. The festival will also celebrate the Mercedes-Benz Stadium becoming North America's first LEED Certified Stadium.

The free festival will take place on Saturday, April 20, at Vine City Park from 11:00am to 6:00pm. CBS news anchor Sharon Reed and WAOK/CBS 46 News' Rashad Richey are the events co-hosts. At 3:00pm, there will be a special appearance of eco Easter Bunny for the Community Easter Egg Hunt for the entire family with plenty of green giveaways.

Get your tickets for the festival here.

Honorary co-chairs for this year's festival are:

Dr. Diamond Ford, Principal, Hollis Academy

Rev. Kenneth Alexander, Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church

Rep. Able Mable, Georgia House Representative

The Vine City Earth Day Festival will bring a wide variety of activities, educational exhibits, and environmentally friendly products and services to the community. The festival will feature food, family-friendly entertainment, vendors, and much more.

Georgia-Pacific, Coca-Cola, Novelis and Georgia Power are key partners for this annual event. Event management is by Robertson Media Group and National Black & Latino Council USA - Sustainability Community Development for Urban Neighborhoods.

As an inner-city landmark transitioning to an eco-urban neighborhood, Vine City must strike a healthy balance between its history, current condition, and burgeoning future. We believe that by teaching local residents to embrace greening their community, they can transform their neighborhood and way of living.


We believe that Atlanta is a unique urbanscape comprised of a diverse population of people, businesses and communities. The heartbeat of the city is downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. While many of the city’s residents are actively engaged in creating new, vibrant communities, there’s still an opportunity for growth and development in some of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods.

Vine City and the English Avenue corridor are in need of attention and support. The Vine City Earth Day Festival is an innovative program to include, engage, educate and empower the local residents to transform their community and create a model of vitality and sustainability for years to come. Our mission is to organize an outreach initiative and festival to promote individual and community awareness, development and activism to make Vine City a more sustainable place to live.