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Shumlin encourages Green Up Day, hosts contest

Montpelier, Vt. - Gov. Peter Shumlin, Green Up Vermont President Melinda Vieux and Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle want all Vermonters to participate in the state's iconic Green Up Day.

Shumlin said Vermont's annual Green Up Day, Saturday May 7, is "one of the greatest demonstrations of the state's longstanding commitment to the environment.

"Each year thousands of Vermonters volunteer to help make our state a cleaner, greener place to live and work," the governor said. "I invite every Vermonter who can to find a little time to contribute to this important effort."

He also noted that Green Up Vermont is a nonprofit organization with 501(c) (3) status, not a state agency.

"The entire effort relies on the support of local communities, the volunteerism of individuals and the generosity of employers all throughout Vermont," Gov. Shumlin added. "It's a wonderful Vermont tradition."

Green Up Vermont's mission is to promote the stewardship of Vermont'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.

"Vermont has a lot of traditions to be proud of and our environmental legacy of sharing the goal to keep Vermont a clean, safe, beautiful and welcoming place is certainly one of them," said Vieux. "But we must remember, Green Up Day's success depends upon two essential ingredients: one, the combined efforts of individuals and civic groups volunteering to make it all possible; and two, financial support given by the public and private sectors throughout Vermont. This is truely, a traditional, grassroots effort."

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