This year, in celebration of Earth Week taking place from April 18th to April 24th, the City of Hendersonville and its Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) are promoting earth-friendly activities and events around the community.
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Mayor Barbara Volk has proclaimed April 2021 as Environmental Awareness Month in the City of Hendersonville. The proclamation emphasizes the priority the City places on environmental sustainability programs and encourages the public to participate and make Hendersonville a better place to live.
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."
Henderson County is offering discounted compost bins.
Did you know? One of our Council Members and Mayor Pro Tem, Jerry Smith, has been composting with his family for 13 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.”
The City of Hendersonville celebrates Earth Day every day by being certified as a Bee City USA affiliate. In their joint effort to continue to fulfill the city’s commitments to create healthy habitats for pollinators, the Tree Board takes the lead on planting projects and maintaining a recommended species list while the Environmental Sustainability Board heads up educational events to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.
Roadside Trash Pick-up
April 22, 10:00 AM - Noon
The City Environmental Sustainability Board will be participating in the NCDOT Annual Litter Sweep initiative by organizing a roadside trash pick-up centered at the intersection of Dana Rd. and Four Seasons Blvd. Supplies for the pick-up will be provided (gloves, trash bags, and vests). For more information, please contact Stormwater Administrator Michael Huffman at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: Roadside Trash Pick-up.
Neighborhood Clean-up Challenge
In recognition of Earth Week, the City Environmental Sustainability Board encourages residents to get out and clean up their neighborhood. Neighborhood cleanups are a great way for neighbors to get out and meet each other while providing a valuable public service. The City will provide free litter pick-up for these events. To coordinate a litter pickup, please contact Stormwater Administrator Michael Huffman at email@example.com with subject line: Neighborhood Clean-up Challenge.
Tuesday, April 20, 10:30 AM - Noon
Help protect local waterbodies by educating the community about their connection to streams and creeks! Volunteers with the Storm Drain Marking Program place markers onto storm drains that say, “No Dumping – Drains to Creek”. Help us reach our goal of marking every storm drain in the City of Hendersonville! If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Stormwater Administrator Michael Huffman at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: Storm Drain Stenciling Event.
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.
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.”