Earth Week Montrose April 22-27

Apr 8th @ 8:07 am in News by Scott Staley

Earth Week 2013

Earth Week Montrose 2013

Recycling…My Impact on My World

Monday, April 22nd – Saturday, April 27th

Draft Outline of Earth Week Activities

Activities that will take place all week:

ü  Banner will be hung over Main Street the week of Earth Week – Ty will coordinate with Youth Council and High School art students to design the banner and Scott Shine will help get it hung and taken down

(Group would like it to be hung from Saturday, April 20th through Saturday, April 27th)

ü  Highlight local businesses that use earth friendly practices (Call for nominations of earth friendly businesses, we would set the definition of what “earth friendly” is and put in ad in the paper 2 weeks before Earth Week)

ü  Montrose High School essay contest and sculptures out of trash, sculptures to be displayed in Centennial Plaza during closing ceremony

ü  Carol McDermott’s writing activity for all middle schoolers (best submissions win a free single day pass to the Aquatic Center)

ü  Montrose Recycles will have a display case at the library informing people what goes into recycling/e-waste and on Saturday will move that to the Plaza as an exhibit

Pre-Earth Week Activities:

Saturday, April 13th

  • Habitat for Humanity will hold an e-waste recycling event at the Re-Store from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The e-waste bin will be there all of the time after that date, but that’s their kick-off day. Most things are free to drop off, but there will be a small charge for things like TV’s and computer monitors. Colleen Burke has more information as she is coordinating this event.

Saturday, April 20th

  • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the Girl Scouts will give away 400 to 500 reusable cloth bags at Wal-Mart, both City Markets in town and Safeway (Lori Syme and Reica Perkins to coordinate volunteers that will hand out bags and get permission from stores)
  • Banner is hung over Main Street
  • Free day at the Landfill [will insert times when I know them]

 

Sunday, April 21st

  • Possibly have an Earth movie shown at the movie theater? Living Downstream could be shown? Called 2nd Sunday Cinema (Sandra Tyler to check with theater)

Monday, April 22nd – Earth Day (Wear green today!)

The day’s theme is: Reduce your waste not just today but every day!

12:00 to 12:30 p.m. — Opening Ceremony in Centennial Plaza

Welcome speech by Mayor – speech should incorporate the following:

  • Explanation of “theme of the day” and highlight the week’s activities
  • Introduce Main Street recycling container adoption program with recognition plaques – City sanitation and Scott Shine will coordinate) (Community challenge will be to raise funds to pay for the containers.)

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. — Mayor leads Main Street cleanup effort (Tina Woodrum to coordinate)

(Becomes a trash pick-up parade down Main street on either side on the sidewalks – enroll business help)

3:30 to 4:00 p.m. — Volunteer reads to children at the library (Meg Nagel to coordinate)

(Children’s books on topics about reducing waste) (Reading volunteer needs to be identified)

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at the Botanical Gardens (Botanical Gardens will coordinate and determine activity)

7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Introduction to Beekeeping, Speaker: John Sheridan (Organized by Meg Nagel)

(No movie this night because of a conflicting event at the Pavilion) 

Tuesday, April 23rd – The day’s theme is: Water Conservation

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. — Elected official leads activity of their choice (Tina Woodrum to coordinate)

12:00 to 12:40 p.m. — Brown Bag Lunch at library community meeting room

Topic: Water conservation/reduction, how to create attractive xeriscapes

Speaker: (Someone from the Botanical Society, need to identify individual)

3:30 to 4:00 p.m. — Volunteer reads to children at the library (Meg Nagel to coordinate)

(Children’s books on topics about water conservation) (Reading volunteer needs to be identified)

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at the Botanical Gardens (Botanical Gardens will coordinate, plants that conserve water and native plants of the area)

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — Free Movie at the Pavilion: An American Experience – Earth Day

(Need to get screening rights to view movie at the Pavilion—Lori Syme will coordinate)

Wednesday, April 24th – The day’s theme is: Refuse/Reuse/Recycle

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. — Elected official leads activity of their choice (Tina Woodrum to coordinate)

12:00 to 12:40 p.m. — Brown Bag Lunch at Library community meeting room

Topic: Recycling and the process – what can and cannot be recycled and why

Speaker: (To be determined, possibly Jonathon Greenspan?)

3:30 to 4:00 p.m. — Volunteer reads to children at the library (Meg Nagel to coordinate)

(Children’s books on topics about recycling and reusing/repurposing everyday things) (Reading volunteer needs to be identified)

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at the Botanical Gardens (Botanical Gardens will coordinate and determine activity)

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — Free Movie at the Pavilion: Bag It or Living Downstream

(Need to get screening rights to view movie at the Pavilion—Lori Syme will coordinate 

Thursday, April 25th – The day’s theme is: Rethink your habits (Be mindful of how much you consume.) Carpool/Walk/Bike/Bus to Work or School day. (All Points Transit to offer free bus rides around the City?)

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — Spring clean-up (Residents can drop waste off at location to be determined) (City to coordinate)

12:00 to 12:40 p.m. — Brown Bag Lunch at library community meeting room

Topic: Where do utilities come from? Or conserving our resources? Or living off grid

12:45 p.m. to 1:45? – Bike from the library to the Botanical Gardens for the connect with nature activity (Leann to coordinate)

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Connect with nature activity at the Botanical Gardens (Ways to compost including vermaculture)

3:30 to 4:00 p.m. — Volunteer reads to children at the library (Meg Nagel to coordinate)

(Children’s books on topics about how can we help the planet, how we can use less) (Reading volunteer needs to be identified)

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — Free Movie at the Pavilion: No Impact Man

(Need to get screening rights to view movie at the Pavilion—Lori Syme will coordinate

Friday, April 26th – The day’s theme is: Trees, Trees, Trees! It’s Arbor Day

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. — Spring clean-up (Residents can drop waste off at location to be determined) (City to coordinate)

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. — Connect with nature activity is tree plantings at every Elementary School in Montrose (Total of 5) (Thordy Jacobson, CSU Extension & Botanical Gardens to coordinate)

(Will plant one tree at each school on school grounds, each principal needs to be individually contacted)

(Need to inquire about getting the trees donated from local nurseries or Home Depot? Donations for 2 trees have been received already)

3:30 to 4:00 p.m. — Volunteer reads to children at the library

Reading volunteer: Nancy Kelso will read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — Free Movie at the Pavilion: The Lorax

(Need to get screening rights to view movie at the Pavilion – movie licensing USA)

Saturday, April 27th – The day’s theme is: Reconnect/Replenish/Renew

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Spring clean-up (Residents can drop waste off at location to be determined)

In previous years, City street crews collected acceptable items placed curbside throughout the City. This year, the City will accept those items from citizens at a single collection point. Tentatively, those dates are April 25th & 26th (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, April 27th (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) Electronic waste will be accepted as well. This affords citizens the opportunity to dispose of e-waste items prior to the July 1, 2013 statewide ban of e-waste disposal at landfills.

12:00 to 3:00 p.m. — Closing ceremony in Centennial Plaza (exhibits will be set up & possibly a few fun contests held. Prizes are the reusable bags that Altrusa donated. Food & music? (Karen & Bob Nicholson to coordinate)

12:30 to 12:45 p.m. — Short speech by Mayor

1:00 to 1:15 p.m. — High school student that wins essay contest will read their essay

1:15 to 1:30 p.m. — Middle school students are recognized for their writings and will read their submissions (this is the activity Carol McDermott is coordinating)

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. — People can walk around and look at the exhibits and this would be the time to hold the contests if we do any

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. — Seed Saving & Seed Swap in the library community room

*It was decided the volunteer appreciation lunch will be moved a month later as a post event activity to thank everyone that volunteered their time during Earth Week and to debrief on what went well and what we can do better next year.  Location and time needs to be determined, if weather is nice, maybe outside at one of the parks? (Who pays for lunch, will we have it catered? Is it possible to make it a little to no waste lunch?) This can all be decided later.