Monday, April 26, 2010

What did you do for Earth Day last week?

The Berks Conservancy was VERY BUSY last week celebrating Earth Day with Berks County friends and neighbors. We held presentations, visited schools and organizations, planted trees, and much more.

But we want to know WHAT YOU DID!
Post what you or your group did for Earth Day right here! Five randomly selected entries will receive a $10.00 Gift Certificate for the Berks Conservancy Store.

Make sure you put your first name and on the post and check back here next Tuesday to see who won!

If you never posted a comment on a blog before, the easiest way is to type in your comment, and select "Name/URL" for your comment as selection. Just type in your first name. You don't need a URL to post.

21 comments:

  1. On Saturday, I purchased a push reel lawn mower for my yard. It is really easy to use and takes only a little more time to mow the lawn than the regular gasoline powered mower. ZERO-EMISSIONS!

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  2. I walked across the street & picked up all the trash laying along the street on North Church Rd. I also picked up trash along Fairview Street for 3 blocks.

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  3. A neighbor and I took our 5 kids for a trash walk! The girls picked up all the trash they could find and carried "Team Earth" signs. Later, they painted birdhouses to put up in the yards.

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  4. On earth day I worked with a group of students from Alvernia picking up trash and clearing brush on the Thun Trail.

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  5. On earth day I recycled all my saved up newspapers and plastic and took them to boyertown's recycle bins

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  6. Edna Barnett ChelsonApril 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    I planted four blueberry bushes and used water from my rain barrel to get them started. I use a 50 gallon rain barrel to use a soaker hose on my established blueberry bushes.

    Edna Barnett Chelson, now living in Oregon City, Oregon

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  7. I went for a hike to celebrate Earth Day!

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  8. I am finishing a research project about the amazing places to hike and bike in Berks County. I hope to encourage others to visit, protect, and support these valuable resources.

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  9. Howard and Susan Rife picked up trash on Neversink and Mt. Penn..........Berks County is loaded with trash. This week: de-trashing the road that runs thru Earl Poole (Antietam Road).

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  10. I set up a table at the Riverfront Earth Day Festival for WalkBikeBerks and spoke to lots of people about the health and environmental benefits of walking and biking to get around. Lots of people are interested in walking and bicycling more and driving less. There is a lot of interest in using the wonderful trails that we have in Berks County.

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  11. I went online to research how to become greener.

    My community does not have a recycling program. I already save cans but I wanted to learn about my recycling options.

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  12. For Earth Day, 100 students, faculty and staff members at Alvernia University participated in a university-wide day of service, coordinated by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement and the Office of Campus Ministry at Alvernia. Groups worked at St. Joseph's Villa, clearing the courtyard of sticks and weeds while planting new flowers for the retired Sisters to enjoy. Groups also worked at Angelica Park removing invasive plant species and aiding in returning the wetland to it's natural state. Finally, a group worked with the Schuylkill River Trail Association clearing the trail of brush for all to enjoy. In all a total of 162 hours of service was contributed to our community.

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  13. My wife and I planted an Edith Bogue Magnolia Tree in our front yard and a White Kousa Dogwood Tree in our back yard during Earth Week. We're excited to see the magnolia tree flower this summer and will patiently await the flowering of the dogwood tree next spring. A great way to brighten up our yard as well as contribute to the environment by planting more trees!

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  14. I went to Northeast Middle School in Reading to do some drinking water protection lessons for 7th graders. There were a lot of great volunteers that helped out with their Earth Day celebration!

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  15. With my colleagues at Bullfrog Films, we provided DVDs for Earth Day screenings for schools, colleges, universities, and community groups who want to educate and inform others about sustainable environmental issues, like food and health, energy, water, ecology, agriculture, and land use. In the evening on April 22, my friends and I celebrated with a poetry reading by the Berks Encore poets at Mifflin Community Library in Shillington.

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  16. I along with 7 other members of the Perkiomen Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited planted over 40 trees and 25 native shrubs along a riparian buffer at a dairy farm in eastern Berks County.

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  17. I made up an Earth Day Math Fun Quiz for the 4th through 10th grades at the Kempton New Church School. The questions were about how much trash we generate and a short essay on recycling.

    The winner was a 6th grade girl who won a scientific calculator!

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  18. Tilden Township had an Earth Day Clean Up. A total of 238 bags were cleaned up by 40 student volunteers from Blue Mountain Academy and 57 volunteers and 7 staff members from various groups and families, including Scout Pack 149 of Tilden Township, Students and Faculty from King’s Academy, Tilden Little League and Cabela’s employees.

    A BIG THANK YOU to all of the 97 volunteers who made Tilden -Earth Day a Big Success.

    Click on the link for photos. http://www.tildentownship.com/minutes/?p=44

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  19. WEST READING ELM STREET'S
    EARTH DAY 2010 CLEAN UP & BEAUTIFICATION EVENT
    Results of our event on April 17th:

     76 documented volunteers participated.
     304 hours of volunteer time
     $6,156 in volunteer labor donated by participants.
     2 completed murals to walls as part of Kline Street Mural Corridor Project.
     66 bags of trash & litter collected from along West Shore By-Pass & cloverleaf.
     2 homeless shelters dismantled along west shore of Schuylkill River and collected large pile of iron, aluminum and steel scarp.
     12 cubic yards of compost soil applied to Community Garden beds.
     18 cubic yards of mulch added to pathways in the Community Garden.
     5 new raised garden beds built in Ten points Community Garden
     Created West Shore Trail signage for Schuylkill River Tail system.
    63 flowers & shrubs planted in street containers and Hillside Flower Garden.

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  20. This year to observe Earth Day my family planted a white dogwood in a new memorial garden. We have plenty of land for this and want to remember our friends.

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  21. While we try to act sustainably every day, it's great to do something extra special on Earth Day. This year we planted three varieties of native flowers around our rain garden, cleared invasive bramble, honeysuckle, and barberry from our half-acre woodlot, and added native serviceberry, blueberry, and rhododendron to our landscaping. We scoured the nearby roads for litter and were able to add quite a few cans and bottles to our recycling bin. Then we went for a bike ride!

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