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FALL FOLIAGE IS AT ITS PEAK...You know what that means.

Fall is the perfect time to get out for a beautiful walk, kick through the leaves with your kids, and pick up any over-the-summer litter along the way before the snow arrives to cover it up. 

It is so unfortunate that some feel the need to throw their trash on our roadsides, sometimes it is truly accidental. Whatever the case if we choose to simply step over the trash rather than pick it up, we become an accomplice to the problem in our environment. When we actively commit to taking better care of where we get to live, it silently influences others to do the same. If you lead by example, your neighbors, friends, family and children will do the same. The best part about being an "influencer" is that it doesn't matter what your age is. Just as businesses can influence communities and adults as mentors can influence younger folks, kids can influence kids. This is the stewardship solution that we work year-round on at Green Up Vermont. 

The 418 tons of trash cleaned up on Green Up Day 2021, is proof that we have lots of work to do and more importantly it solidifies that Green Up Day is a tradition that we can't let die - until of course we have convinced every last person to not litter.

THANK YOU to the many Vermonters who make greening up part of their daily exercise routine. I challenge all of you to be Green influencers and empower your kids to do the same. It's easy, everyone can do it and each of you will make such a difference for our beautiful state and the future of our planet. 


Out for a walk?
GREEN UP
YEAR ROUND

  • Wear work gloves.
  • Wear long pants and boots.
  • Always check for ticks.
  • Do not pick up sharp objects. Get an adult.
  • Dispose of any sharps in a heavy plastic bottle with the lid screwed back on and mark "do not recycle."
  • Wear bright clothing.
  • Review safety rules.
  • Face oncoming traffic.
  • Use sunscreen.
  • BE A GREEN INFLUENCER
 
     
We social distance...see and share @greenupvermont 
Armand Poulin (left) was a Green Up Day poster art judge since the inception of the contest in 1980. Every year he participated in reviewing hundreds of pieces created by school children from all over Vermont and judged according to the Green Up mission of  environmental stewardship. Sadly, Armand passed away in 2020 after judging our very special 50th Anniversary art contest. For his 40 years of service and commitment to the art of Green Up Day we are honored to rename the contest:
The Armand Poulin Memorial Green Up Day Art Contest


Also pictured are long-time contest judges David Schutz and Hale Ritchie whose support is immeasurable.
Look for 2022 Contest details on our website and in schools by the end of October. 
Green Up Vermont works year-round on initiatives that reduce and reuse waste, tighten communities, promote our partners and engage Vermonters in creative ways to make cleaning up fun!
Here are a few things you can look forward to. 


Waterbottle Filling Station Grant  Green Up Vermont has agreed to facilitate a statewide initiative that grants winning applicants a FREE water filling station and covers up to $1000 in installation costs. High-traffic community centers such as Rec Centers, Libraries, schools and municipal buildings are urged to apply. The funding for the water bottle stations came from a Supplementary Environmental Project paid by the Chittenden Solid Waste District. The SEP was a result of an agreed upon settlement between the State of Vermont and CSWD for using recycled glass on projects that the State deemed in violation of their policy. Email greenup@greenupvermont.org for more information.

 
Hey VT Runners! Ever try Plogging?
Plogging is a Swedish term for picking up trash while jogging. Green Up Vermont is teaming up with Girls on the Run groups across the state to "plog" as a community service project. Coaches can also inspire high school and middle school XC or track teams by implementing it into training. Use our App to create plogging teams for a little friendly competition. We would love to hear about your efforts and share on our social media outlets. Shoot us an email and we can help you set up a team, share your stories and help collect your data to show your results.

 
Barre City Bulk Waste Day
Not only does the Mayor of Barre work with the local Rotary on weekly city street clean-ups, he also drives initiatives like the bulk waste day held on September 19. Although they are still waiting on data from the event you can see how much waste was taken care of properly. The bulk waste day ran in conjunction with a Friends of the Winooski River Clean Up event. Great groups of Vermonters doing great things for our environment. Awesome!


Welcome New Board Members
Green Up Vermont is very pleased to welcome two new Board Members, (top L to R) Lucas Herring of Barre and Caleb Basa of Middlebury, along with two new Junior Board Members, (bottom L to R) Ali Drew of HInesburg and Maddison Shropshire of Quechee. It is exciting for Green Up to fill the board with great environmental experience and passion. Learn more about each of our Board Members on our website. greenupvermont.org


Youthful Help for Volunteer Town Coordinators
Last year we launched the mentor program with six pairs of Volunteer Town Coordinators and high school students. It was very successful so we are expanding it this year. Volunteer Town Coordinators can contact the Green Up Office to get paired up with a student who can help with things like hanging posters (especially in schools), promoting your Green Up Day plans and building youth participation by rallying friends. It is an excellent way to get a helping hand while teaching our next generation about how important community service and working together is. 


Clean Every Mile Challenge  The state of Vermont has 13,056 miles of roads, not including Interstates. Last year Green Up Day Volunteers cleaned 77.6% of all  town roads.  We have a fun challenge for each town!  See if you can rally volunteers to Green Up every mile of your town roads and report the accomplishment to us so we can share. In 1970 (the first Green Up Day) it was reported that 90% of all roads in Vermont were cleaned. Let's do this!  #togetherwecan #cleaneverymile #GreenUp2022
Consider a year-end, tax time gift to Green Up Day. Your donation makes a huge difference in keeping our hometowns beautiful and healthy.

Check out the great things our Corporate Partners have been doing!
The Solar Canopy is Going Up at Lawson's Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, VT

Sean Lawson, founder and CEO of Lawson’s Finest Liquids says, “Investing in renewable energy is super important to us as a part of our Green is Grand initiative, and we’re proud to continually focus on efficiency, while taking innovative steps to minimize our impact in a resource-intensive manufacturing business. From harnessing the power of the sun to reducing our energy usage, to partnering with other businesses to responsibly recycle spent grain and other brewing byproducts, there are so many creative, eco-friendly solutions available to breweries these days.”
 
The Waitsfield brewery is already home to one rooftop solar installation and adding the new parking canopy will result in achieving 50% of its electrical needs. Built with 576 solar modules (REC 375w), the solar array on the roof of the parking canopy will deliver 216kW of power. The covered parking area will feature two long rows with spots for 40 vehicles and 10 charging stations for electric vehicles, adding to the four stations that Lawson’s Finest already provides to the public free of charge next to the brewery.

Everyone Deserves the Experience of a Just-picked Tomato.

The Do Good Garden at National Life uses employee volunteer time to grow fresh produce for local charities. While our small plot of land cannot compete with others on calorie production, we win on nutrition and flavor with our focus on growing cherry tomatoes. We believe everyone deserves the experience of a just-picked ripe tomato at the height of summer. We started small with 1 pint in July: By August, we were filling a flat each week!

Greenbacker Capital Pollinator Habitats are Growing

Greenbacker Capital partnered with Burlington-based developer Encore Renewable Energy and pollinator habitat experts Bee the Change to install pollinator friendly habitat across their renewable energy sites in Vermont. Around 200 acres at 14 various sites throughout Vermont have established pollinator friendly habitats containing a diverse mix of native grasses and flowering plants. 

The goal of this collaborative effort is to better steward the land under the solar panels, while also reducing the long-term operations and maintenance costs of mowing the sites. When compared to a typically planted turf grass, pollinator friendly seed takes longer to establish and requires a bit more nuanced management, however, once established the pollinator habitat will require significantly less mowing – resulting in less fossil fuels needed to maintain the site, lower operations and maintenance costs, and most importantly, a myriad of beneficial ecosystem services. Creating this habitat leads to benefits such as improved soil health, reduced erosion and stormwater runoff, improved water quality, increased agricultural yields on nearby farm land, and habitat and forage for pollinating insects and grassland bird species.
 
With many thousands of acres set to be consumed by solar sites in the coming years, it is critical we maximize the benefit of the land in which our sites operate, and Greenbacker is excited to continue to implement thoughtful vegetation strategies across our portfolio of sites throughout the US. 

CCV Thriving for Vermonters

Fall semester is well underway at the Community College of Vermont (CCV), where more than 5,000 students are taking classes in a wide variety of subject areas and flexible formats, both online and in academic centers across the state. 

We are pleased to announce that Mary Brodsky has joined CCV’s senior leadership team as the College’s first executive director of human resources, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Mary comes to CCV from the University of Vermont, where she served as associate chief human resource officer. We look forward to working with her as we continue to promote a culture of equity and belonging throughout CCV.  

We are also excited to share that this fall, CCV launched a new public website, which can be viewed at ccv.edu

To read the latest news from CCV, as well as stories about students, faculty, and alumni, visit our online news magazine, CCV Now. 

Cabot Creamery Aspires to Live the Green Up Way Every Day

The historic dairy co-operative’s blue-ribbon farmers include the Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury, Vt., recently named a national U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winner for their efforts to convert cow manure and food waste into green energy.  Looking to emulate the hard work of our farm families, the employees on the Transportation Team of century-old dairy manufacturer were honored last month in receiving an EPA Environmental Merit Award for their efforts to be a greener, SmartWay-certified fleet. With award-winning farmers, employees, and dairy products, wouldn’t you like to join this certified B Corp?  Be a part of making the “World’s Best Cheddar” and help carry on the co-op’s decades-long support of Green Up Vermont.  Learn more about joining the Cabot team at https://www.cabotcheese.coop/careers-opportunities/

The Alchemist: Committed to Great Beer and Sustainability - Like every Vermont small business, 2020 and 2021 have brought their share of challenges and opportunities at The Alchemist. After shutting down retail operations in March of 2020, we pivoted and in late spring of 2020 opened our curbside beer pickup. Then, in summer 2021 our outdoor Beer Garden, welcoming guests to enjoy cans of beer and snacks on our brewery lawn. We have remained busy and bustling, all while keeping our staff and guests safe and happy. As always, The Alchemist is committed to crafting the highest quality beer while focusing on long term sustainability. Brewing is a high impact industry— from the energy we consume to the wastewater we create. It is our responsibility to commit ourselves to using less energy, choosing clean energy and investing in new technologies. Between our two breweries, we are powered with 67% solar energy. We treat over 1200 gallons of wastewater daily, with our Stowe brewery’s daily effluent biological oxygen demand output being less than an average family of four. We use about 600-800 bags of grain per week between the two breweries. Our grain bags are our most used material and we have incorporated a system where we are now able to properly recycle all of these bags.
Check out more on our sustainability efforts HERE.
Union Mutual Focused on Local - Union Mutual continues its focus on Corporate Social Responsibility practices and developing our Environmental, Social, Governance program. The Company continues to partner with vendors and independent insurance agencies who are aligned with our corporate values of social responsibility, inclusion and diversity. Our solar power is humming along and we continue to pursue paperless initiatives, internally and externally, especially as the hybrid work model continues. 
 
Union Mutual also wrapped up another successful summer intern program, and recently hired one of the interns full-time. Pictured are 5 of our 7 interns from UVM, UConn, Roger Williams, Emmanuel, Norwich and one high school student who currently attends Spaulding. All are Vermonters with the exception of one from CT. 
Berkshire Bank is All About Community - At Berkshire Bank, we stand steadfast in our commitment to harness the collective power of our entire company to help strengthen our communities and power a low-carbon future.
 
Berkshire recently announced our BEST Community Comeback (berkshirebank.com/comeback), in which we will lend and invest $5 billion over the next three years across four key areas: fueling small businesses, community financing, and philanthropy, financial access and empowerment, and funding environmental sustainability. In addition, as part of our commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible initiatives, we are providing $300MM in lending for low-carbon projects, enhancing our adoption of renewable electricity usage, and further reducing our carbon footprint.
 
We believe that building stronger communities requires a better approach to banking. Helping communities tend to the stewardship of natural resources and transition to cleaner energy will enhance the economic vitality of the region and world for generations to come. We are all in this together.


The Green Up App - Fun, Informative and a Little Competitive
It was great to see so many people using the Green Up Vermont app. Many individuals, companies and communities built teams and took part in the friendly leaderboard competition. We are so grateful to the folks at Code for BTV who helped make this happen for us. We are working on expanding the capabilities and usage of the App for Green Up Day 2022. Have a comment or idea? Let us know by emailing greenup@greenupvermont.org.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.greenupvermont.app
Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/green-up-vermont/id1364770239?ls=1


Remember Woodsy Owl?  "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute"
Green Up Vermont and the U.S. Forest Service have teamed up to revive our old feathered friend Woodsy, and reintroduce him to school children throughout Vermont. Since our messages are to prevent litter and pollution, Green Up Day education is really a perfect way to have some fun with Woodsy and our young people. Email Greenup@greenupvermont.org to discuss an appearance.

Save the Date
GREEN UP DAY 2022
Saturday, May 7
Is your business interested in becoming a Corporate Partner of Green Up Vermont? We would love to share your news and environmental initiatives. Email for more information today.  greenup@greenupvermont.org
Special Thanks to Our Amazing Corporate Partners.
They provide funding to keep Green Up Vermont programs going and expanding. 
 
           

                    


                           


                                  

                       
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