Now to be held the last Saturday in May, instead of the first.
MONTPELIER, VT (March 30, 2020) Green Up Vermont has been closely monitoring cornonavirus (COVID-19) communications and guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports, and daily news from Governor Scott and our federal government. The situation is fluid and our greatest priority is the health and well-being of our Green Up family of volunteers and event participants.
Effective March 30th, Green Up Vermont’s plan is to postpone Green Up Day from May 2 to May 30. The distribution of Green Up Day supplies will happen the first week in May. Although Green Up is shifting its planning toward May 30, they will still look for final guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and Governor Scott.
“We will be ramping up our communications around coronavirus safety, wearing gloves, protection from ticks and sharp objects, and other things for the next eight weeks. We will be getting information out to the VPA so that school personnel can communicate with students virtually about Green Up Day and their participation in this community service. We will also be launching an updated App that will aid in building virtual teams, instant communication, and tracking routes/bags all over Vermont to help grow participation.” states Green Up Executive Director Kate Alberghini. “Communication will be an imperative component to handling this community service safely while keeping everyone connected to giving back by Greening Up.”
Green Up Day, by nature, is an activity of social distancing as citizens of all ages get outside and clean up miles of Vermont roads. Trash drop off locations can be managed with little to no close contact in keeping with CDC guidelines. Standing the test of 50 year, the essence of Green Up Day, however, is far more than that. It is a sense of commitment to where we live and each other, it is about healthy surroundings, and it is about connecting our communities with a goal for common greatness.
Green Up is a well-loved event that will bring some normalcy to our communities and will help contribute to the physical, social and mental health of Vermonters as much as their Green Up activities will help beautify our state. We look forward to Greening Up safely on May 30.
More information can be found on our website at greenupvermont.org.
Green Up Vermont is a private nonprofit that relies on the contributions from corporate partners including Casella, Subaru of New England, CCV, National Life Group, Northfield Savings Bank, Co-op Insurance Co., Cabot Creamery, Spruce Mortgage, UVM Health Network, Eternity Web, and Hagan Associates, along with others and individuals to ensure programs such as the poster contest and Green Up Day happen. Individuals can choose to donate to Green Up Vermont on line 23, Charitable Tax Contribution, on the Vermont State Income Tax return or donate online. To learn more about how to get involved with Green Up Vermont go to www.greenupvermont.org. Green Up supplies will be distributed to towns in early May. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 50th Green Up Day, May 30th.
About Green Up Vermont: Green Up Vermont is a non-profit 501(c)(3), private organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about a litter free environment, culminating with a statewide clean up event called Green Up Day. Usually the first Saturday in May, Green Up Day is a statewide initiative where volunteers from over 240 Vermont communities and local businesses clean up litter from roadsides and waterways. Green Up Vermont also offers an educational component for grades K-12 with free activity booklets and an annual student poster art and writing contest, building their civic engagement and pride for clean environments. Started in 1970 by Governor Deane C. Davis, Green Up Vermont will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this May. Green Up Vermont relies on the generous support of businesses, grants, and individuals to fund the organization. www.greenupvermont.org
About Green-Up Day Vermont
WHAT is it? and HOW did it get started? A special day when thousands of volunteers come out in their communities for a massive spring clean up of litter. It is the largest statewide volunteer event in Vermont with over 22,000 taking part.
Launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis, four days before the first Earth Day, with the idea to “marshal an army of thousands of volunteers to clean up litter from roadsides.” There was a lot of roadside litter back then. The Interstate was closed from nine to noon and the clean up drew national media coverage.
HOW has it CHANGED? It is no longer organized by a state agency. Instead, Green Up Vermont is a non-profit organization responsible for carrying on this great annual tradition. They are now providing over 50,000 Green Up bags every year!
WHERE does it take place? Every community in Vermont has a Green Up Day. Roadsides, natural and public spaces, and waterways throughout the entire state are the focus for the litter clean up.
WHO takes part? Everyone can take part – people of all ages and all walks of life. Lots of families go out together to involve young children in learning about negative effects of littering. Local community groups can help organize food and festivities for volunteers – some towns have a breakfast, many have a barbeque lunch.
HOW can people get involved? Visit the How to Participate page to find your Town Coordinator, where to get Green Up bags, and what to do with them afterwards. Also all seven Vermont Subaru dealers are official sites for bag pick up and drop off.
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.
Green Up Vermont