Gratitude goes to many who made Green Up Day 2017 a vibrant reality.
To the volunteers: over 22,000 people cleaned up litter before, during and after the traditional Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May. They worked in varying degrees of weather, including rain which in some areas forced delay to the weekend after Green Up Day.
To coordinators and co-coordinators in each of the 251 towns: These dedicated volunteers, working in conjunction with Green Up Vermont, the nonprofit organization carrying on the tradition of Green Up Day, organized to publicize for participation; identified areas needing cleaning; made Green Up bags available and advised what to do with filled bags; arranged for and advised of any community festivities, breakfast, snacks, lunch and in some cases gathering for a community dinner.
To the many schools whose students participated: several thousand around the state cleaned up just prior to Green Up Day and on Green Up Day in their communities with family, friends and neighbors. A small sampling: Edmunds Elementary, North Hero Elementary, Union Elementary, Thatcher Brook Primary, Sudbury Country School, which greens up “en masse” during a school day.
To businesses coming out on Friday: over 30 businesses primarily in large towns formed teams of employees to start Green Up cleaning, drawing attention to Green Up Day on Saturday. A sampling included Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Gas, Cabot Creamery, Dealer.com
To Gov. Scott: The governor with cabinet members on Friday cleaned up a stretch of Route 2, west of Montpelier. He is making his support visible to emphasize the importance of Green Up Day.
President, Green Up Vermont, Montpelier