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Earth Day Reminds Us To Be Good Stewards
Greeley City Manager Roy Otto writes a monthly blog about our community. The April 2019 topic is focused on Earth Month.
One of the City of Greeley’s core values is stewardship and we are committed to the efficient and effective use of resources. As an organization, we also strive to leave things better than we found them. I want to highlight a few ways the City lives this ethic and the many programs and events we provide to help keep Mother Earth happier.
Greeley loves its trees. Arbor Day is April 22 and Greeley will be designated a "Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 39th consecutive year. The local Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Park. Enjoy this free community event, which includes planting trees in the park, light refreshments, and tree seedlings for attendees.
You can also support Greeley in the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by taking a simple pledge to save water, protect water quality and conserve energy, go to MyWaterPledge.com to participate. Did you know that Greeley boasts one of the largest water conservation programs in the State?
We are making an effort on many more fronts. Greeley has programs aimed at stormwater pollution prevention, we are recognized as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community, and Greeley Evans Transit’s CNG (compressed natural gas) buses are cleaner than diesel buses. Greeley currently has solar arrays at four City facilities, and over 1,000 acres of managed natural areas and the City is moving towards paperless record keeping. You can read more about these and other efforts at http://greeleygov.com/services/greeley-green/.
Want to do even more for you and the planet? Here are a few ideas:
- April 6 – Winter Farmers’ Market
- April 17 – Fruit Trees in Colorado Landscape Lecture
- April 20 – The Poudre River Trail-Athlon
- April 20- Greeley Forestry Arbor Day Celebration
- April 20 – Winter Farmers’ Market
- April 26 & 27 – Spring Clean-up Weekend
- April 27 – Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
- April 27 - Signature Bluffs Natural Area Trail and River Restoration Volunteer Project
- May 4 – Greeley Green Gardening Fair (compost bin & rain barrel sale)
A healthy environment and a strong community go hand in hand. I hope we can all give thanks for the environment we live in and help protect it for future generations.
Student LEAF - 2019 Earth Week
This year’s Earth Week, hosted by Student LEAF, will take place April 15th - April 19th in celebration of the globally recognize Earth Day on April 22th! Throughout the week Student LEAF encourages students to engage in exciting sustainable events and indulge in the beauty of the environment. This year’s theme is Student Empowerment; the goal is to provide UNC Bears with the tools and skills to reduce their individual footprints and increase their positive influence on this earth!
Monday Event: Spring into Earth Week
When: 3:00 - 7:00PM on April 15th
Where: Bishop Lehr Field
Why: This event is the kickoff into earth week! With thrilling sustainable activities, prizes and booths galore this events is the highlight of the earth week events. Students have an opportunity to engage with the sustainable options Greeley and UNC have to offer, from earth-friendly clubs on campus to low-impact delicious food catered by UNC and other local food trucks! The entire event is free and there will be chances to win cool prizes, meet some sustainable bears and learn about the efforts made to make UNC a university fit for the future.
**This event is co-hosted by environmental action club, Earth Guardians.
Tuesday Event: Sustainable Networking
When: 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Where: UC Ballroom
Why: This event’s purpose is to connect UNC Bears, interested in obtaining jobs with environmental focuses, to careers in sustainability. This event is not only to meet potential employers but to show students what jobs are looking for students with environmental focuses.
**This event is co-hosted by UNC Career Services.
Wednesday Event: Eco-friendly Tie-Dye
When: 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: McKee Breezeway
Why: One of Student LEAF’s most popular events each year and for good reason. This event is to encourage students to enjoy the outdoors with a little crafting time! Eco-friendly shirts and low-impact dyes will be provided for free, but students are welcomed to bring their own old cotton clothing to be upcycled into an awesome design!
Thursday Event: Upcycled Art
Where: TBA (Will be posted at “Spring into Earth Week” event)
Why: This event is ran by Student LEAF’s Green Team Coordinator, Joelle Jenkins. Clean recyclables are provided for students to create upcycled art masterpieces! One student will be selected to win an art gift bag along with the Plastic Picasso Award in which the design is the most creative and best utilizes the materials. Volunteers and Joelle will be around to assist students in the creation of their art pieces –no experience required!
*This event is co-hosted by the Greeley’s Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado
Friday Event: Tree Hugger Scavenger Hunt
Where: TBA (Will be posted at “Spring into Earth Week” event)
Why: This is a challenge to inspire students to explore our campus by taking pictures of Student LEAF funded projects and the historic trees we have on campus through an app called Action Bound! The students who complete the hunt will be awarded an awesome prize and the Greek life team, with the highest score, will be award the Tree Hugger award.
On Going: Carbon Cube Contest
When: All week long!
Where: New Campus Commons
Why: Each year the carbon cube is set up (usually in the UC) to display a fraction of the amount of UNC’s carbon emissions in each building. In celebration of UNC’s X COST AMOUNT Solar grant, Student LEAF will be giving away a sustainable basket, full of super remarkable prizes, to the student who can closest guess how many cubes the new solar panels will offset.
**This event is co-hosted by McKinstry People Power Planet
Earth Week ENST Networking Event
Interested in how you can start an environmental or sustainability career? Join us on April 16th for a ENST networking event!
Free Documentary Screening!
Students in Environmental Ethics are hosting a screening of the documentary, The Smog of the Sea. Come out Wednesday night at the Unveristy Center to hear about how you can make a difference in keeping our oceans beautiful!
Water Efficiency on Campus: Top 10 Tips
Welcome back to campus, UNC Bears. The Greeley Water Conservation Program is on a mission to help people save water. Water efficiency on campus is simple and good for the environment on campus and at home.
- Don't let the water run when you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave.
- Take shorter showers. A five-minute shower will save water. Turn the shower off when soaping up and turn it back on to rinse off.
- Only run full loads in the washing machine. Use the load selector to match the water level to the size of the load.
- Never use the toilet as an ashtray or a wastebasket.
- Report leaky plumbing and excessive lawn watering. Contact facility maintenance on campus to fix these problems. If living off campus, contact your landlord with these concerns.
- Use one glass or water bottle a day to reduce dirty dishes.
- Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for the water to get cold before you fill your glass. Or fill up your water bottle at a drinking fountain.
- If you don’t finish a glass of drinking water, don’t dump it down the drain. You can water a household plant, put it in a pet’s water bowl, or save it to drink later.
- A better alternative to washing your car yourself is to take it car to a commercial car wash that recycles its water. A commercial car wash can use water more efficiently and are designed to handle the dirt, salts, oil, and grease that wash off the vehicle.
- When washing dishes by hand, use a sink full of water instead of continuously running the faucet.
Drug Take-Back Day on October 28
It is time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Participate in Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 28. Safely dispose unused and expired medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are two drop-off locations in Greeley and Evans:
- Greeley Police Headquarters, 2875 10th Street
- Sam’s Club parking lot, 3247 23rd Avenue
Drop off any unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medications. Not accepted are needles or sharps, mercury, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters or illegal drugs.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. When drugs are flushed down the toilet, they are introduced into the water system. Greeley’s Water Pollution Control Facility meets and often exceeds federal, state, and local requirements. Due to greater analytical sensitivity, very tiny amounts of compounds and drugs can be detected in conventional treatment plant outflow and end up in creeks, streams, and rivers. While there is no evidence these traces pose a risk to human health, scientists can sometimes find interference with aquatic organisms, and the issue continues to be studied.
Check the City of Greeley website at greeleygov.com for more details or contact Greeley Police Neighborhood Action Team officer, Arpad Bality, at 970-351-5361 for more information.
Welcome to Greeley!
As a new school year begins, The City of Greeley invites UNC students, faculty, and staff to get connected to the community. Below are a few upcoming events that are designed to promote sustainability and celebrate natural resources in Greeley.
- August 19 - Moonlight Ride
- August 26 – Greeley Farmers’ Market
- August 30 - Party for the Poudre @ the River (fundraiser for Poudre River education, trail improvements, and programs)
- August 30 – Rain Barrel 101 - Workshop
- September 2 – Greeley Farmers’ Market
- September 2 – H2O Exhibition Opens at the Greeley History Museum (open through May 20)
- September 8 - Greeley Evans Transit Regional Transportation Center Ribbon Cutting
- September 9 – Greeley Farmers’ Market
- September 9 – Showerhead Exchange
- September 12 – Family Bike Night
- September 16 – AgriCULTURE Fest and Feast
- September 23 – Greeley Farmers’ Market
- September 27 – Compost: How and How Not -Workshop
- September 30 – Greeley Farmers’ Market
- October 7 - Firefly Trail Construction at McCloskey Natural Area
Visit GreeleyCalendar.com for more City of Greeley Events. We all hope that you have a great school year. Just so you know, #YouAreWelcomeHere in the community as well as on campus.
Greeley's Water Wins Awards
Greeley has won the thirteenth annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test. The event, comprised of 34 regional winners from water-tasting competitions across North America, was held in June at (American Water Works Association) AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.
The People’s Choice award winner, as determined by the conference attendees, was also awarded to the City of Greeley. There were almost 1,000 entries for the People’s Choice competition with conference attendees sampling and casting a ballot for the best tasting water.
This is the first time in history that a municipality has won both awards in the same year.
Learn more about Greeley's Water at GreeleyGov.com/water.
Greeley Joins Challenge to be the Most WaterWise
Greeley is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation — and in return, residents can win a new Toyota Prius, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.
The city is encouraging Greeley residents to conserve water, save energy, reduce pollution, and make a pledge to save water at mywaterpledge.com during the month of April. Take the pledge and share with all of your friends.
Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge are entered into drawings for prizes. Greeley is in the 30,000 to 99,999 category, because the population categories are based on the 2010 Census. Greeley won in 2012 and placed in the top 10 every other year.
Last year, residents from over 4,100 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 1.9 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 42 million pounds, and prevent more than 87,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.
The 6th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).
City of Greeley Earth Month Events
Earth Day is April 22, 2017. To celebrate, the City of Greeley is sponsoring and hosting many activities throughout the month of April that support the environment and sustainable living.
CETL Lunch & Learn - City of Greeley Sustainability
Thank you to Ruth Quade, Joel Hemesath, Shiloh Hatcher, and Karen Scopel from the City of Greeley for your interesting presentation on sustainability last week at the CETL Lunch and Learn! For more information go to www.greeleygov.com/services/greeley-green.
Taste of UNC: The Largest Composting Event on Campus
The UNC Green Team was prepared to support the Taste of UNC with composting stations until a thunderstorm nearly swept away their tent and composting bins an hour before the festivities. Luckily the event was relocated inside for students to sample the best foods on campus. Go Bears!