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NO. R-192.  House concurrent resolution honoring Green Up Day on its 35th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Frank of Underhill, Ancel of Calais, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hube of Londonderry, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, Larson of Burlington, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, Miller of Shaftsbury, Monti of Barre City, Nuovo of Middlebury, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Rusten of Halifax, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle and Winters of Williamstown.

Offered by:  Senator Dunne of Windsor District.

Whereas, in 1970, Governor Deane Davis, in recognition of the role a concerted citizens’ effort could contribute to beautifying Vermont’s landscape and townscape, issued an executive proclamation designating April 18 as “Green Up Day,” which Vermonters were urged to observe “by volunteering two hours of their time to rid the highways of litter and to green up their neighborhoods,” and

Whereas, the General Assembly on March 10, 1970 adopted Joint Resolution No. R-79 in support of the governor’s proclamation, and

Whereas, while the 1972 session of the General Assembly adopted Act No. 252, “An Act Relating to Beverage Containers and a Trash Removal Fund,” popularly known as “the bottle bill,” which contributed to the decline in roadside litter, trash along streets and highways has not disappeared entirely, and

Whereas, for the past 35 years, Green Up Day, now observed on the first Saturday in May, has become a Vermont tradition in which citizens gather the trash in a symbolic and literal statewide spring cleaning, and

Whereas, in 2004, citizens in 95 percent of the state’s 246 organized towns participated in the Green Up celebration through work projects in their respective municipalities, and

Whereas, Green Up Day involves Vermonters of all ages in a statewide beautification campaign, and

Whereas, a special celebration will be held on July 24 at Shelburne Farms Breeding Farm in recognition of this 35th anniversary and of Vermont‑produced foods, environmental stewardship, and sustainable living, and

Whereas, Green Up Day is an occasion that has fostered both cleaner landscapes and communities and a strong sense of civic pride, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Green Up Day on its 35th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Green Up Vermont in Montpelier.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont