Green Up Vermont
Tradition with a history.


Vermont was the first state to designate a day to clean up the entire state. Green Up Day was launched in 1970 by Governor Deane C. Davis (pictured above with a troop of Cub Scouts on Interstate 89).  Green Up Day 1971 was also officially recorded in the Congressional Record, thanks to US Senator George Aiken. Click here to download a PDF version: Congressional Record PDF

That first year, the results were far beyond expectations. Four thousand truck loads were reported hauled by the Highway Department comprising over 20,000 cubic yards of trash removed from the Interstate and other state roads, and another 20,000 cubic yards, or more, were removed from town roads. Ninety-five percent of the 2,400 miles comprising the Interstate and other state roads were cleared and an estimated 75% of the 8,300 miles of town roads.

48 years later, Green Up Day continues to thrive! In 1979 the nonprofit Green Up Vermont was formed. Funding for Green Up comes primarily from businesses and individuals through charitable contributions, including giving on the Vermont State Income Tax Return. Individuals can also give by donating securely online. The State of Vermont provides an appropriation in the form of a grant through the Agency of Natural Resources. Vermont towns have also provided funding support since the 1990’s. Green Up Vermont requests a contribution from every town, based on the town’s population, with the amount ranging from $50 to $300. Green Up Day has ongoing support from over two dozen corporate sponsors!


Kids in Waterbury on the first Green Up Day.




Planning the first Green Up Day.

Planning the first Green Up Day.


Governor Deane Davis with the media.