Governor Scott and Green Up Vermont celebrate 49th Annual Green Up Day, May 4

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Governor Scott and Green Up Vermont celebrate 49th Annual Green Up Day, May 4

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At a press conference Thursday, Governor Phil Scott and Green Up Vermont celebrated the upcoming 49th Annual Green Up Day, taking place Saturday, May 4 in towns throughout Vermont. Since 1970, Vermonters have greened up 13,000 miles of roadside in the nation’s largest and oldest statewide green up event. The governor was joined by Green Up Vermont Board Chairman Mike Casella and the winners of this year’s Green Up Vermont poster and writing contests, which engage Vermont students in promoting Green Up Day awareness. This year’s poster contest winners are Chloe Jenkins of Chester, HeatherAnne Lee of Shelburne, Greta Bernier of Andover and Lyla LaBossiere of Westford, and the writing contest winner is Bella Schultz-Mitchell of Bakersfield.

“This annual effort demonstrates our commitment to keeping our state and natural resources clean and as litter-free as possible,” said Governor Scott. “I want to encourage all Vermonters to get involved in Green Up Day this weekend—it makes a real difference and it’s an important part of who we are as Vermonters.”

"Green Up Day is an iconic event in Vermont where volunteers of all ages celebrate community, spring, and the greening up of our state. A big thank you to all the volunteers who help make Green Up Day the success that is,” said Green Up Vermont Interim Executive Director Sue Killoran.

The event included a presentation from Code for BTV, an official Code for America Brigade that created a free Green Up Day mobile app to help users become involved as volunteers, join or create a team and track locations and results.

"Code for BTV seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our community services by volunteering to build them modern technological systems. As Vermonters, Green Up is naturally very dear to all the developers on our team,” said Code for BTV Co-Captain Nick Floersch. "We wanted to help Green Up get more people out picking up trash, and more importantly start crowdsourcing data on the impact we are making collectively to keep this the ‘Green’ Mountain State. A mobile application seemed like a natural fit to engage with younger, tech-savvy generations that stand to inherit this deeply-Vermont tradition.”

Green Up Day was launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis. Green Up Day is organized by Green Up Vermont, a non-profit, private organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about a litter free environment. Volunteers are needed in each of Vermont’s towns to help pick up roadside litter and are encouraged to get involved and do their part.

You can download the Green Up Vermont app from the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit www.greenupvermont.org.

Green Up Day By the Numbers:

Number of volunteers: more than 22,000

Number of Green Up Day bags distributed: more than 56,000

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

Number of tires collected: more than 6,000 annually

Number of town roads miles to be cleaned on Green Up day: 13,087 (the State cleans our 2,707 miles of Vermont highways)

Number of towns that have reported illegal dumpsites: 70

Source: Governor 3.2.2019. Photos courtesy Green Up Vermont.