Click here to find out who your town coordinator is, how to get the Green Up bags, what to do with them after, and what else is happening in your town related to Green Up Day, such as refreshments, lunches, etc.
Volunteers should not touch needles or hazardous waste, but should instead report it to their town coordinators/town leaders. Be Tick Smart! Wear long pants, avoid tall grass, wear bug repellent, and check for ticks when you arrive home.
What is Green Up Day? Green Up Day, always the first Saturday in May, was launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis. In 1979, the non-profit organization Green Up Vermont was formed to carry on the tradition of Green Up Day. It is an annual statewide event, when over 22,000 volunteers come together to remove litter from Vermont’s roadsides and public spaces.
In addition to Green Up Day, we have two free downloadable educational booklets designed for grades K-2. To download them, visit the Contests page. Our poster design and writing contests, for grades K-12, also engage children in a hands-on way about the importance of litter-free living. Congratulations to this year’s overall poster design winner, Uma Chirkova, Grade 8, of Newbury. Congratulations to this year’s Writing Contest winner, Eden Morris, Grade 8, of Northfield. You can read and view all the 2018 winning contest entries on our 2018 Winners page.
How is Green Up Day organized? Green Up Day happens all over the state and wouldn’t happen without the dedicated help of our coordinators. Each town has a coordinator that volunteers can contact to get their Green Up bags. To find your town’s coordinator, go to the Get Involved page.
Green Up Day App! Volunteers for Code for BTV, who donate their time to create apps for nonprofit organizations, chose Green Up Day as one of their volunteer app projects this year. The app focuses primarily on bringing people together, such as small groups of friends or business employees who can coordinate their group clean ups. It also enables users to pin where they are dropping their full Green Up bags, and to see where bags have already been dropped, potentially creating less overlap on areas that have already been cleaned. Learn more about it here: Green Up Flyer For download instructions for both the Android or IPhone version click here: Green Up Vermont for Mobile devices or visit the Code for BTV website.
Support Us! Individuals can support us by Clicking Here to Donate Online. Consider including Green Up Vermont in your planned and legacy giving. Green Up Vermont works directly with the Vermont Community Foundation on this, so please contact them if you are interested. Did you know that you can give to Green Up Vermont on your Vermont State Income Tax Return on Line 29? Click here for more information!
Green Up’s mission is to promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment.
Thank you to our 2018 Stafford Partners:
Thank you to our 2018 Aiken Partners: