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Green Up Day postponed to May 30

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MONTPELIER — Organizers announced Monday that they have postponed Vermont's Green Up Day to May 30, following guidance from state and federal health officials in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Green Up Day, celebrating its 50th anniversary, was to have been held May 2.

"The situation is fluid and our greatest priority is the health and well-being of our Green Up family of volunteers and event participants," organizers said in a media release.

The distribution of Green Up Day supplies will take place the first week in May. Although Green Up is shifting its planning toward May 30, organizers say they will still look for final guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and Gov. Phil Scott.

"We will be ramping up our communications around coronavirus safety, wearing gloves, protection from ticks and sharp objects, and other things for the next eight weeks," said Kate Alberghini, the executive director of Green Up.

"We will be getting information out to the Vermont Principals Association so that school personnel can communicate with students virtually about Green Up Day and their participation in this community service. We will also be launching an updated App that will aid in building virtual teams, instant communication, and tracking routes/bags all over Vermont to help grow participation.

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"Communication will be an imperative component to handling this community service safely while keeping everyone connected to giving back by Greening Up," Alberghini said.

Green Up Day, by nature, is an activity of social distancing as citizens of all ages get outside and clean up miles of Vermont roads. Trash drop off locations can be managed with little to no close contact in keeping with CDC guidelines. Traditionally, Green Up Day builds on a sense of commitment to where Vermonters work and live, to community and to each other.

"Green Up is a well-loved event that will bring some normalcy to our communities and will help contribute to the physical, social and mental health of Vermonters as much as their Green Up activities will help beautify our state," Alberghini said. "We look forward to Greening Up safely on May 30."

Green Up Vermont is a non-profit 501(c)(3), private organization whose mission is to raise public awareness about a litter free environment, culminating with a statewide clean up event called Green Up Day. Usually the first Saturday in May, Green Up Day is a statewide initiative where volunteers from over 240 Vermont communities and local businesses clean up litter from roadsides and waterways. Green Up Vermont also offers an educational component for grades K-12 with free activity booklets and an annual student poster art and writing contest, building their civic engagement and pride for clean environments.

More information can be found at greenupvermont.org.


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