Mayor Miro Weinberger Encourages Community Participation in Burlington's Green Up Day Efforts on Saturday, May 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 3, 2016
Contact:  Jennifer Kaulius
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Mayor Miro Weinberger Encourages Community Participation 
in Burlington’s Green Up Day Efforts on Saturday, May 7

 

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger today encouraged community participation in the City of Burlington’s Green Up Day efforts this Saturday, May 7. This year marks the state’s 46th annual Green Up Day, during which Vermonters collect litter and debris that has accumulated during the winter on City streets, in parks, and in neighborhoods.

“This year and every year, Green Up Day is a great example of how our community rolls up its sleeves and joins together to do important work to keep our City vibrant and clean,” said Mayor Weinberger. “I thank our Green Up Day partners and all Burlingtonians for their crucial help this weekend.”

To participate, City residents and other Burlington stakeholders can pick up collection bags and other clean up supplies on Saturday, May 7 between 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at the following Green Up Day hubs:

  • Robert E. Miller Community Center – 130 Gosse Court
  • Burlington Subaru – 351 Shelburne Road
  • Salmon Hole Park – Riverside Avenue before the Winooski Bridge

 

Bags also are available prior to Green Up Day through Friday, May 6 during regular business hours at six locations around the City:

  • Robert E. Miller Community Center – 130 Gosse Court
  • Sustainability Academy – 123 North Street
  • Departments of Public Works/Parks, Recreation & Waterfront – 645 Pine Street
  • Burlington Electric Department – 585 Pine Street
  • Community & Economic Development Office – 3rd floor of City Hall, 149 Church Street
  • Burlington Subaru – 351 Shelburne Road

This year offers a new incentive. Those picking up collection bags at the Burlington Electric Department will be entered to win the “Green Up Basket,” including power strips, CFL bulbs, and a voucher for a free energy audit jointly conducted by Vermont Gas and BED. 

In an effort to promote Green-Up Day, Champlain Elementary School fourth grade students, together with BED’s General Manager Neale Lunderville, Department of Public Works Director Chapin Spencer, Department of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Director Jesse Bridges, and other City staff will participate in a pre-Green Up Day effort on Thursday, May 5 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Champlain Elementary School. The Lake Monsters biggest sustainability advocate, Champ, will lend a hand and Ben & Jerry’s will provide ice cream.

Also new this year is the Burlington Business Association’s “Adopt Your Sidewalk” downtown-wide clean-up event planned for the morning of Friday, May 6. This clean-up effort is the official launch of the BBA’s Adopt Your Sidewalk Campaign, which asks businesses to sign up and pledge to clean, maintain, and beautify the strip of sidewalk in front of their business. For more information on Adopt Your Sidewalk, please contact Sarah O’Donnell, BBA Member Services and Events Manager, at sarah@bbavt.org.

On Green Up Day, the Departments of Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Waterfront will have trucks circling the City’s major thoroughfares, picking up full, tied bags of collected trash throughout the day. All trash collected should go into the provided Green Up Day trash bags. Scrap metal or tires should be kept separate, not in bags, and placed in a pile at the same Green Up Day drop-off site. This material will be collected and recycled.

The City appreciates Burlington's Green Up Day partners – including the Chittenden Solid Waste District and Burlington Subaru – and the hundreds of volunteers who come out every year to make Burlington's streets and parks clean and green. Burlington Subaru will provide water bottles, snacks, and a noon-time barbeque to participating community members.

 

 

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Press Release Date: 
05/03/2016
City Department: 
Mayor's Office