Testimonials – feedback and comments about Green Up Day
“In the spring of 1970 I was 10 years old on the first Green Up Day. My mother and I were volunteers on Vermont Route 12, north of Woodstock. I remember that my mother nervously placed herself between me and all the cars driving by. We collected trash from both sides of the road between what was Billings Farm and the Mt. Tom ski area, and from the bank of the Barnard Brook. Though volunteers in May are no longer responsible for that section of road I always feel my Green Up Day connection with it when I travel over it. The importance of what we did as Vermont citizens that day has informed my life and made me more environmentally conscious than I might otherwise have been. An inveterate trash-collector, my heart has never left Green Up Day but I moved to Norway from VT in 2006, so I proudly speak of the first Saturday in May to all interested Norwegians and do my best to “walk my environmental talk” here, too. You make a big difference in the world, thank you!” ~ Margaret M. Meg Anderson
“I really appreciated the free coffee from the Vermont Coffee Company. I threw in the donuts and it was a great way to start the morning. Also, good job on the advertising. The radio spots were frequent and I think it got the message out early! Great work ladies!” ~Reading town coordinator.
“I love hearing you on VPR. Thanks for all you do!” ~ Weathersfield town coordinator.
“Green Up Day is one of my favorite holidays. Hopefully this helps a little. Thank you for your work!” ~ a note from a Montpelier resident enclosed with her donation.
“I love Green Up Day and the message it gives to our children. Thank you for all you.” ~ Amy Clapp, teacher, Salisbury Community School
“There are many great Vermont organizations and causes that Vermonters can donate to when filing their taxes. For those who are able, I hope you’ll consider donating to one of these great causes.” ~ Governor Peter Shumlin in reference to Green Up Vermont being one of the four choices for charitable giving on the Vermont state income tax form.
“It is such a brilliant idea because if you were to say to people, whenever you get a chance just go out and pick up the litter, no one would do it. But because it is a day of collective action, and you can see everybody with their green bags, it is really exciting because we are all doing it together. It’s about community building.” ~ Kathryn Blume
“Green Up Day is an excellent “teachable moment” for our children. In East Montpelier, kids play a big part in every Green Up day. Almost all the students at East Montpelier Elementary School clean the school grounds or nearby roadways. And Green Up Day itself is a big family affair – I see many kids cleaning their nieghborhoods along with their parents. I have every hope that the anti-littering message is getting through to our kids.” ~ former East Montpelier town coordinator
“By late afternoon on Green Up Day, people were coming in to the drop-off where I was asking where they should go because they couldn’t find trash to pick up! One of the challenges here is still finding enough spots for people to clean and spread out. Green Up in Waterbury is as popular as ever for participation.” ~ Waterbury town coordinator
“Green Up Day epitomizes the essential nature of Vermont…..the only state in the national where, one Saturday a year, citizens from its towns and cities come together, united in their desire to do what they can as individuals, friends and neighbors to make their roads and public lands shine pristine again. It is our responsibility to cherish and preserve our strong civic values and pass this tradition down the generations.” ~ East Montpelier coordinator
“St. George is the smallest town in the state. We do not have a school or a post office. Town Meeting and Green Up Day are the only community events we have. In St. George, Green Up Day is important. It supports community building, civic engagement, environmentalism and fun, all in one package.” ~ St. George town coordinator
“I believe this was the largest statewide voluntary citizens’ effort ever organized in Vermont. It greatly enhanced the pride of Vermonters in their state. It inspired many Vermonters to refrain from thoughtless littering on their highways. It set the stage for continuing cleanup programs that have given Vermont a national reputation for having the cleanest roads in the United States. It also set the stage for the passage of the bottle bill and a long list of other environmental legislation that has earned Vermont a name for itself as a state where its residents care passionately about their land.” ~ Governor Deane Davis, from his autobiography.
Excerpts from student entries from our annual Writing Contest:
Blake Clark, Grade 6, Williamstown Middle High School
I think Green Up Day is the best idea we have created here in Vermont. I think it is cool that everyone can participate in Green Up Day. I think we should keep this tradition going forever and ever!
Gideon Covey, Grade 7, Williamstown Middle High School
When my family starts haying the fields we find trash everywhere. We try to pick it all up but we know we can’t pick it all up. Sometimes when we feed out the cows feed we find pieces of trash in the hay, but if we aren’t lucky enough to see it and pick it up then the cows could eat metal and they could die.
Alycia Dickinson, Grade 7,Williamstown Middle High School
Green Up Day is a time to grab your green bags and clean, clean up every speck of trash you see on the Earth’s ground. Participating in Green Up Day is a phenomenal way to make a healthy environment for you and your peers. If you do this, you will make a difference in the world. Do it! It would be extraordinary if you green up Vermont. Make trash disappear for good! Make a difference!
Brody Brown, Grade 6, Williamstown Middle High School
Do you LoVermont? Well if you do, you probably should know a little bit about Green Up Day. Green Up Day is important because you come together with your family and friends and support the environment by cleaning it up. Remember, you can pick up trash any day of the year. Just doing these small things can make a vast difference in the community, in Vermont, in the environment, and the world.
Carli DeForge, Grade 6, Williamstown Middle High School
This day reminds me of my Dad because when we did this, he was in Afghanistan. He came home after a while after that. The next year we went together and cleaned up garbage as a family. We had a lot of good times. So involve your family and show you care and share your love for your home and neighbors all around. This day might not mean much to you, but it means a lot to me. Come and clean like you do your house. I love Green Up Day and what I love much more is Vermont!
Catherine Burke, Grade 6, Williamstown Middle High School
By holding Green Up Day, Vermont is just doing its part in making sure our amazing place stays that way. I myself have just moved to Vermont from California and I have already fallen in love with the idea of Green Up Day. I mean, can you even fathom the idea if every state held Green Up Day? Highways would be tidier, the air cleaner, wildlife in less danger from litter, and an all-around better home would be made for future generations to enjoy. Vermont does an amazing job in participating in Green Up Day throughout the entire state, which is super cool. I really like how into the “clean up” the majority of Vermonters are, because without the popularity the event has with general population, it would never work out in the first place.
Businesses and Organizations who Green Up!
Below is a sampling of photos of businesses and groups who are Greening Up. You can email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the name of your group or business and we will add it.
Vermont Coffee Company
Union Mutual of Vermont