This year, in celebration of Hendersonville’s First Earth Week (April 19th to 25th) and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Environmental Sustainability Board and the City of Hendersonville are sharing ideas for earth-friendly activities that you can do safely in your own home and neighborhoods. We hope you will continue to practice these activities in the months and years to come!
Want to make a big impact? Join the City of Hendersonville’s Environmental Sustainability Board.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains committed to protecting human health and the environment as we continue to adjust to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. While many of us are staying safe at home this Earth Day, we wanted to share some of our environmental information and educational resources for remote learning.
DID YOU KNOW??
The first Earth Day, the brainchild of then Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, was held on April 22, 1970. Growing concerns about the environment (spurred in part by the 1962 publication of biologist Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" about the impact of pesticides on the environment) inspired more than 20 million Americans to participate in rallies and cleanup campaigns across the U.S. That first Earth Day is widely considered the seminal beginning of the environmental movement, and today Earth Day is celebrated by an estimated 1 billion people around the world [source: EarthDay.org].
One simple and easy way for residents to celebrate Earth Day every day is by recycling. Learn about the City of Hendersonville’s recycling program.
Due to COVID-19, a lot of Earth Day events had to be cancelled this year. But, that doesn’t mean you cannot put your green skills to the test. We are so fortunate to have organizations in our area like @Mountain True and we are excited to share their Earth Day Clean Up Challenge with you.
Challenge yourself to clean up trash at a local area in need such as a river or stream bank, greenway trail, or even just a roadside in your neighborhood. The person who collects the most trash in the photo shared with Mountain True will win a prize announced at 7pm on 4/22*. During this time we encourage you to collect trash individually, or with your family. Remember to practice social distancing and to continue to follow the CDC guidelines.
The contest is being held exclusively by Mountain True. Please visit their website to learn more.
Clean drinking water and protecting our water resources are important #EarthDay themes. Celebrate the importance of clean water by participating in the City of Hendersonville's Clean Drinking Water Art Contest!
Visit www.hendersonvillenc.gov/news/drinking-water-week for more information and to submit your artwork!
Submissions are due April 24!
Another great way to celebrate Earth Day every day is by choosing to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle. Did you know? Our very own Hendersonville Mayor, Barbara Volk, owns a hybrid vehicle! We asked her what Earth Day means to her and how she celebrates every day.
“I believe we should be stewards of this earth. Earth Day serves as a reminder of what we can do to keep its land, air, and water cleaner and healthier. I try to be mindful of conserving water and energy, to follow the three Rs—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—and to compost my vegetable scraps. Those are all easy to do, taking just a little extra time and effort on my part. But I was able to go a bit further. I purchased a Chevrolet Volt, one of the first hybrid cars available. Most of my driving is on battery power, which emits no pollutants. I’m pleased that I can do at least a little toward making our mountain air easier to breathe.”
Another way that the City of Hendersonville celebrates Earth Day every day is by being designated a Bee City. On May 11, 2015, Hendersonville became a Bee City USA, the seventh municipality in the country to be so designated. Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization which encourages city leaders to celebrate and raise awareness of the contribution bees and other pollinators make to our world by endorsing a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators. Learn More
You can help pollinators too! When looking for plants for outside your home, pick from ones that the bees, butterflies and other pollinators love.
Photo courtesy of Kim Bailey from her farm, Milkweed Meadows. Monarch on mistflower.
Did you know? The City of Hendersonville started our rain barrel program back in 2017 as part of our overall storm water program. Collecting and reusing rainwater reduces the amount of water flowing into storm drains, waterways, and ensures that every drop of water is being used efficiently. Our Assistant City Manager, Brian Pahle is setting the example by having not one, but two rain barrels at his home!
“We love our rain barrels, we have used them to provide water for our front gardens and to assist with drainage in the front of our house during large rain events. It’s nice knowing that we always have some water stored away for our flowers if we go without rain for a couple weeks."
Did you know? One of our Council Members and Mayor Pro Tem, Jerry Smith, has been composting with his family for 12 years!
“We started composting as a way to cut down on waste going into the landfill. We also noted that when we added recycling to composting, we had less trash each week than we had compostables and recyclables. We guess that a third of our waste actually goes to trash now. We have been conscious to only put compostable materials in our pile meaning that there are no smell or odors. We are happy that some of our food waste goes back to our yard. We also know that organic material in a compost pile decomposes aerobically which means no methane gas is produced... a more potent gas than carbon dioxide for greenhouse gases.”