Governor Shumlin, Lt. Governor Scott and State Leaders Encourage Everyone to Green Up Vermont
Officials ask Vermonters to get involved in the 44th annual Green Up Day on Saturday, May 3
April 8, 2014 - Governor Peter Shumlin and Lt. Governor Phil Scott, alongside state, community and business leaders, town coordinators and volunteers, are asking Vermonters to join them outside for the 44th annual Green Up Day on Saturday, May 3, and help pick up trash to clean up the Green Mountain State.
“For more than four decades Vermonters of all ages have spent the first Saturday in May picking up trash along our roads, in parks and other public spaces, and celebrating the community spirit that has made Green Up Day such an important event,” Governor Peter Shumlin said. “I urge everyone to turn out this year and donate their time and enthusiasm because we’ve proven that when Vermonters work together, we can accomplish amazing things.”
During this annual tradition, first started by Governor Deane C. Davis in 1970, Green Up Day volunteers will help clean up about 13,100 miles of roads, collecting over 40,000 bags of trash. In addition to the volunteer teams, the Vermont Agency of Transportation sends out crews to clear debris from about 2,700 miles of state highways and interstates in order to keep volunteers off these more dangerous roads.
“We can’t take Vermont’s beauty for granted,” said Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott. “It’s our responsibility to keep the Green Mountain State colorful and clean. I ask Vermonters as they walk, bike or drive to keep an eye out for areas that could use some cleaning up, and then on Green Up Day, get together with family, friends and neighbors and help us do some spring cleaning. Let’s work together and make this year’s Green Up Day one of the best ever."
And this year, businesses are stepping up to help ensure that Green Up Day is on strong financial footing. Green Mountain Power will serve as the signature corporate sponsor for Green Up Day for the next three years. Other business leaders include Subaru of New England, VSECU, a credit union for everybody in Vermont, Casella Waste Systems and many more.
“We are very proud to support Green Up Vermont,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “Vermont is a special place to live and we all have a responsibility to pitch in and do our part to keep the Green Mountain State beautiful. In addition to our sponsorship, we are excited to be organizing teams of volunteers.”
Green Up Day also has state support from SerVermont, the Vermont Commission on National & Community Service, which committed $10,000 to help engage people in service and volunteerism.
“It’s great to see so much excitement and energy around ensuring that Green Up Day is a success now and in the future,” said Green Up Vermont President Melinda Vieux. “I encourage everyone to take part – volunteer to clean up or donate funds to Green Up Vermont to help Green Up Day happen. Each one of us can help make a big difference and be part of a tradition that makes Vermont special.”
For more information on how to participate in Green Up Day on Saturday, May 3, please visit www.greenupvermont.org.