Vermont Business Magazine As the hills across Vermont turn a brilliant spring green, volunteers across the state once again spent the first Saturday in May helping to clean Vermont roadsides of trash as part of the Green Up Day annual tradition. Green Up Vermont extends its gratitude to its generous sponsors, including Green Mountain Power as it concludes its third and final year as the signature partner.
Green Mountain Power has supported this effort as signature corporate partner of Green Up Vermont for three years now, helping to sustain the organization and its activities during difficult financial times.
Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power said, “We are so honored to support Green Up Vermont once again as we all pitch in and do our part to clean up and green up the Green Mountain State. It’s heartwarming to see Vermonters young and old join together out of love for this special place.”
“Green Up Vermont is the most important rite of spring in our state and we are very pleased with this year’s effort,” said Green Up Vermont President Melinda Vieux. “This event would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors, in particular Green Mountain Power who stepped up when we really needed them to help us keep this event going strong. And of course we couldn’t do without the thousands of generous Vermonters who helped us collect tens of thousands of bags of garbage, tires, and other debris from our roadways and natural and public spaces.”
During this annual tradition, first started by Governor Deane C Davis in 1970, Green Up Day volunteers help clean up about 13,100 miles of roads, collecting over 50,000 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.
“Congratulations to Green Up Vermont on another successful day. Between the sponsors, area businesses, community groups, Scouts and others, thousands of our friends and neighbors participated and we want to say thank you,” Powell concluded.
Green Up Vermont would like to recognize the following Green Up Day Partners for their generosity this year: Subaru of New England, Casella Waste Systems, SerVermont, Co-operative Insurance Companies, National Life Group, OMYA, WCAX, 802 Creative, American Chemistry Council, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, GW Plastics, Skinny Pancake, VAST, and VELCO.
Vermonters can help Green Up Vermont in many ways, including volunteering on Green Up Day, organizing community teams, and making donations to ensure this great tradition continues. Donations can be sent to Green Up Vermont, P.O. Box 1191, Montpelier, VT 05601-1191, or made securely online at greenupvermont.org (link is external).