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Green Up Day – Saturday, May 6, 2017

Green Up Day – Saturday, May 6, 2017

April 19, 2017| Categories: Events, News

Farrell Distributing is continuing it’s partnership in 2017 with the Skinny Pancake partnering on Green Drinks. This month we celebrate Green Up Day 2017!

To add to the green-ness of the affair, we’ll be pouring Zero Gravity Craft Brewery‘s Green State Lager.

Thanks to our other sustaining sponsors Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and Outdoor Gear Exchange

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More about  Green Up Day – Saturday, May 6, 2017

Green Up Day will celebrate its 47th anniversary on Saturday, May 6th. Launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis, the non-profit organization Green Up Vermont proudly carries on the tradition of Green Up Day. Green Up will celebrate its golden anniversary – 50th year – in 2020.

 

It is an annual statewide event, when over 22,000 volunteers come together to remove litter from Vermont’s roadsides and public spaces. Keeping Vermont ‘clean and green’ is vital to the economic, environmental and physical well-being of our state, our businesses, our communities and our citizens.

 

Green Up’s mission is to promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment.

 

How is Green Up Day organized? Green Up Day happens statewide and through the dedicated help of our community coordinators. Each town has a coordinator that volunteers to coordinate communications in their community and to activate Vermonters participation by distributing Green Up bags to collect trash and recyclables.

 

Every town in Vermont – all 251 communities – including Brattleboro and Bennington down south to Alburg and Derby Line up north to Addison on the shores of Lake Champlain and St. Johnsbury on the border of New Hampshire – are all actively engaged cleaning and greening up their highways and byways, public parks and trails.

 

How is Green Up funded? Green Up Vermont is non-profit organization. Individuals can support Green Up activities through online donations or via the Vermont State Income Tax form, line 29. Additionally, Green Up has over two dozen business partnerships and sponsorships that help actively engage their employees in addition to helping to defray operational costs.

 

Where Can You Get Green Up Bags? Bags will be available in your town. Vermonters can also visit all seven Vermont Subaru dealers for bags and bring them back to the dealership for disposal and to enjoy refreshments. A list of Subaru dealerships is available on the Green Up website.

 

Who are Green Up volunteers? Everyone can take part – people of all ages and all walks of life serve as town coordinators and as Green Up volunteers.  Lots of families go out together to involve young children in learning about negative effects of littering.  Local community groups organize food and festivities for volunteers – some towns have a breakfast, many have a barbeque lunch and everyone has a great time whether they help out for an hour or the entire morning or afternoon!

 

Green Up Facts and Stats:

 

  • number of volunteers: 22,000 each year; Green Up Vermont is the largest, statewide, all-volunteer event! This single day marshals an army of thousands of volunteers to clean up litter from roadsides, just in time for Vermonters and visitors to enjoy the Green Mountain State.

 

  • Number of Green Up Day bags distributed: Over 50,000 bags

 

  • Number of tons of trash collected: 200 to 300 tons annually

 

  • Number of tires collected – Over 5,000 annually

 

  • Number of town roads in miles that Green Up Day helps to clean up: 13,087 miles; note there are 2,707 miles of State Highways that the Agency of Transportation cleans up. Everyone pitches in to keep Vermont Clean and Green!

 

  • Number of towns that have reported illegal dumpsites: 70

 

How are Communities and Businesses Engaged in Green Up: Before Green Up Day on May 6th

 

Wednesday, May 3rd – Burlington

– Edmonds Elementary School – Elementary school students will join Mayor Miro Weinberger outside of ECHO Leahy Center from 11:00 a.m. until 12 noon for a Green Up Day clean up/educational awareness event organized by the Burlington Green Up coordinator. Ben & Jerry’s will be scooping ice cream.

 

Monday, May 1st – Saturday, May 6th – Green Up Week – Barre City

Entire week is “Green Up Week” activities organized by SAFE (Spaulding Action for the Environment).  Involved Groups: Girl Scouts, Spaulding High School groups:  JROTC, National Honors Society, Hawk Club, high school classes.

 

Friday, May 5th – Businesses, Other Groups

– Northern Power, Bond Auto – Barre Town

– People’s United Bank – Bellows Falls

– UVM Health Network (Corp. Partner) – Berlin

– New Chapter (Corp. Friend) – Brattleboro

– Community Sailing Center; Dealer.com; People’s United Bank, UVM Health Network (Corp. Partner) – Burlington

– Cabot Creamery Coop (Corp. Partner) – Cabot

– People’s United Bank – Halifax

– Vermont Coffee (Corp. Friend); Cabot Creamery (Corp. Partner) – Middlebury

– CERF+, Institute for Sustainable Communities, National Life, Union Mutual (Corp. Friend); Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Mutual (Corp. friend); Cabot Creamery Coop (Corp. Partner); Montpelier High School Ultimate Frisbee Team; Union Community Connection Kids–afterschool program Union Elementary

– Turtle Fur Group – Morrisville

– OMYA – Pittsford and Proctor

– Rutland:  VELCO (Corp. Partner) – Rutland

– Vermont Gas (Corp. Friend 2017); Instrumart – So. Burlington

– Orvis – Sunderland

– Cabot Creamery (Corp. Partner) – Waitsfield

– Green Mt Coffee, Green Mt Club, Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Plant, Dartmouth Journal Services, Friends of the Waterbury Reservoir – Waterbury

– Keurig Green Mountain, Wageworks, Country Walkers, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations – Williston

 

Green Up Businesses and Communities Activities: On May 6th

 

For a complete list of all communities Green Up Day activities, visit www.greenup.org

 

Keurig Green Mountain – So. Burlington

 

Green Up Poster, Writing and NEW Video Contest:

 

  • Student / Youth Contests
    • Poster – One overall design is selected to be printed in full color and distributed statewide to promote Green Up Day. The winning designer also receives $250.
      • This year’s winner: Hope Petraro, 9th grade, Montpelier High School
      • Winners were also chosen for recognition in three grade categories: K – 4 won by second grader Misha Chirkov of Newbury; 5 – 8 won by Graciana Maier of Sunderland; 9 – 12 won by Penn Patel of Bennington, grade 11, Mt. Anthony Union High School.

 

  • Writing – A poem or essay of up to 200 words about Vermont’s Green Up Day. The overall winner receives $250.
    • This year’s winner: Isibeal Bohan, 4th grade, Bradford
    • Honorable mentions: sixth graders Nora Wooten of Cornwall and Calvin Carbee of Newbury

 

  • Video – NEW Contest for Vermont residents 18 years of age and younger!
    • Create an original video of what Green Up means to you – and your school could win a crepe party from The Skinny Pancake.
    • Post your video to the Green Up Facebook page before May 21st.
    • The video that’s 60 sec. or less with the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ will be the grand prize winner!

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See you out and about

Ryan Chaffin | Director of Marketing | Farrell Distributing

 

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