Monday, February 8, 2016

Green Up Vermont 2016 Poster Contest Winners

Green Up Vermont announced the 2016 Green Up Day poster contest winners.

Over all Winner 
Charlotte Brace, Grade 11, Montpelier High School

Grade K-4 Winner Jordan Alley,
 Grade 4, Blue Mountain Union School, 
Wells River Teacher: Jennifer Dube

 Grade 5-8 WinnerBobby Cody, 
Grade 7, Main Street Middle School, Montpelier
 Teacher: Rhonda Brace 

Grade 9-12 Winner Keara Ellerson McMullan, 
Grade 10, Montpelier High School 
Teacher: Barbara Austin-Hutchins

My Favorites from previous years.

  See all the Past Poster Design winners 1980-2015 posters on the Green Up Vermont web site. 

Click for 2015 Photos of South Burlington Green Up Day.

Over 15,000 people volunteer annually in picking up litter (over 40,000 bags of trash) on Green Up Day. View  GREEN UP VERMONT, to find a list of town coordinators. hare the website with your family-download winning poster, view photos and videos, buy t-shirts, check out the blog, learn about Green up Day history,and more,

Many do not know the "state" does not manage Green Up Day.  The non-profit org. must raise about 80% of its funds from the private sector.   Interested individuals can also donate money.

     When in my teens, no longer a child needing my parent’s attendance yet still harboring a deep down desire for family experiences, I sought out Green Up Day as a continuation of tradition mixed with my growing independence. 

      As I joined friends that Saturday morning I felt like we were doing something good that seemed leveraged well beyond the ten or twelve bags of trash we collected. The activity was not as work anymore than climbing the hill to slide back down was in the winter. What I saw and felt that Saturday encourages me to view every day that I walk outdoors as Green Up Day.

      I seldom see so many families and friends gathered enjoying each other’s company in a statewide yet community based tradition as on Green Up Day.  Join your group on Green Up Day, Saturday May 7, 2016. Collaborate with those whom make Vermont a special place and Green Up Day a day to remember. 

Bernie publishes photos reflecting Vermont values of Green and Clean and Community. He urges us all to, pick up litter and maintain a litter free environment through caring, community, and contribution in order to protect our water, wildlife, and human health.