This year’s Earth Week events represented one of West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s busiest and most successful Earth Week campaigns to date. Highlights included the Second Annual Grand River GreenUp and WMEAC’s Earth Day Celebration at Fountain Street Church.
On Saturday, April 21, WMEAC partnered with the Grand Haven Jaycees to host the Second Annual Grand River GreenUp at Riverside County Park in Ottawa County. The event drew front-page coverage in The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive as well as a special attention from one of the Park’s less friendly inhabitants.
This year some 320 volunteers scoured a 6-mile portion of the riverside and helped remove 5,840 pounds of trash. In addition, with the help of volunteers from the First Christian Reformed Church of Grand Haven, participants also salvaged 340 pounds of recycling and 2,975 pounds of scrap metal.
Thanks to The CarbonNeutral Company the event was able to go carbon neutral, offsetting the estimated two tons of carbon emissions that would have been generated by the vehicles used by volunteers. Environmentally friendly port-o-potties, recycling stations, and organic T-shirts provided an educational opportunity for volunteers and residents of Ottawa County to learn about a variety of environmental issues including water quality in the Lower Grand River Watershed and the merits of recycling.
The event was made possible through a grant from the Youth Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Other sponsors who helped make the event possible included izzy+, Renue Salon and Day Spa, JSJ Corporation, The Sons of the American Legion, Starbucks Coffee, Anthony’s Kicked Up Catering, Ottawa County Parks, the Grand River Greenway Parks Celebration, Pulver Chiropractic, Spartan Stores, Republic Services, Busy Bea’s Cleaning Service, Hooker DeJong, Wesco, Southern Grand Marina, ADAC Automotive, Pit Stop Portable Restrooms and Grand Haven Area Public Schools.
You can see highlights from the event on WMEAC’s facebook page.
WMEAC’s Fourth Annual Earth Day Celebration at Fountain Street Church was also a huge success. The celebration featured music from the Lansing-based folk band Steppin’ In It, the Karisa Wilson String Band, and Jim Shaneberger. Sponsors for the event included Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids Public Library, WYCE-FM, Patagonia, Moms Clean Air Force, Stellafly, Horizen Hydroponics, Republic Services, and Natural Awakenings.