Green Up Day in Vermont

This Saturday, May 5th, is Green Up Day around Vermont. Vermont was the first state to allocate a day where the whole state joins together to clean up highways and roadways. The original idea was pitched to Governor Deane C. Davis by Robert Babcock in 1970. Babcock was disgusted at the amount of litter along state roadways that was visible after the winter snow melted away. He thought it would be a great idea for Vermonters to join forces in order to beautify the state. And Green Up Day was born!
This year, Governor Shumlin asked Green Up Vermont to partner with Irene Recovery efforts. As you may or may not know, Vermont actually endured a hurricane in August of 2011. Not only was it shocking to have those high winds and heavy rain in our tiny, landlocked state but it was devastating to many areas. Roads, bridges and houses simply washed away by the rushing flood waters. It was terribly sad but as usual, Vermonters banded together in relief and recovery efforts. Because of the amazing amount of pride that Vermonters possess, the slogan “We Are Vermont Proud” was adopted. I personally think those words are very, very true. And we are so proud that a license plate was created to sell in order to raise funds for recovery efforts. (you can buy one here for only $25!).
So this year Vermonters will gather in an effort to make our state more beautiful than it already is. No more litter on the sides of the roadways or fields full of household debris. We must continue working hard to keep our state green. So visit Green Up Day’s official website to learn more information on where and how you can help in your own community. Vermont gives us so much splendor every day, is it really too much to ask that we take just a few hours and help her stay that way?

~How will you help keep Vermont beautiful for Green Up Day?

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