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Green Up Day Celebrates 50 Years of Success – and More to Come!

Always the first Saturday in May, Green Up Vermont rallies thousands of volunteers across the state of Vermont to get outside and clean up roadsides and waterways. It is a statewide spring-cleaning of our beautiful environment. Green Up Vermont produces Green Up Day by providing 66,000 bright green trash bags that designate this civic day-of-service. Contests and promotions are also run in the months leading up to the Saturday event to remind people how important it is to take care of our environment and to participate on Green Up Day.

School activity of Greening Up in Chester, VT. Courtesy photo.

Vermont is believed to have the oldest statewide yearly clean-up event in the country. This year, Green Up Day is on Saturday, May 2, 2020 and will be Green Up’s 50th anniversary. Over the years, Vermonters have picked up thousands of tons of trash and saved taxpayers millions of dollars that would have otherwise been spent on clean-up crews. It is an activity that all residents, businesses, and visitors can participate in as well as benefit from. This year, Green Up will be adding new ways to get involved including having a Green Up Scuba Team in Lake Champlain and by introducing the Swedish activity of plogging (picking up litter while jogging) to Vermont. There is also a Vermont app to track teams, coverage, and events.

Clean-up efforts in Springfield, VT. Photo by Caitlin Christiana.

Building on the success that the Green Up Vermont brand has developed, the future of Green Up is strong. “We will be implementing additional educational programs to keep our youth engaged by instilling a reinvigorated sense of pride in not littering and taking care of our state. We will also be getting out into the community to raise awareness about the various good environmental practices people can do year-round to really make an impact,” stated Kate Alberghini, Executive Director of Green Up Vermont. She continued, “With a hyper-focus on climate change, Vermonters have really been grassroots leaders for environmental health. With 50 years of committed effort and more to come, I believe continuing to shift the mindset of our youth to make further environmental impacts is imperative and achievable.”

Green Up Vermont is a private non-profit 501(c)(3), whose mission is to raise public awareness about a litter-free environment, culminating with a statewide clean up event called Green Up Day. Green Up Vermont relies on the generous support of businesses, grants, and individuals to fund the organization. Individuals can choose to donate to Green Up Vermont on line 23, Charitable Tax Contribution, on the Vermont State income tax return or donate online. To learn how to stay involved and connected with Green Up Vermont go to and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Mark your calendars for the 50th Green Up Day, on Saturday, May 2nd.

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