Sunshine, community pride and teamwork was the recipe for a record breaking GreenUp
Families, neighbors, local businesses and organizations cleaned up greenbelts, roadsides and waterways at Earth Day GreenUp on Saturday, March 23. An astounding 1,077 participants waded through tall grass and forested thickets to remove 8,676 gallons of trash – the equivalent of 90 of our curbside carts. An additional 4lbs of cigarette butts were cleaned up out of our greenways and recycled with TerraCycle, protecting wildlife and preventing harmful toxins from leaching into groundwater. Construction debris such as metal poles and concrete, coolers, street signs, full pet waste bags, broken lawn furniture and tires were all pulled from The Woodlands’ greenbelts.
The most common type of litter collected at GreenUp was single-use plastics including grocery bags, disposable cutlery and cups, fast food containers and straws. These highly abundant items are easily blown from parking lots, picnic areas and trash barrels into neighboring greenbelts.
So a simple way to cut down on litter is to reduce our use of disposable plastics to begin with. Remember, when you’re on the go, BYO! Equip yourself with reusable alternatives – travel mugs, tote bags, reusable cutlery, and straws.
The After Clean-Up-Your-Block Party
After cleaning up, participants joined the party at Northshore Park where they were treated to a pizza lunch and received an event t-shirt. Buck Yeager Band entertained with country favorites and original music as Mr. Cirque wowed crowds with his circus arts including juggling, globe walking and more!
Local organizations provided face painting, crafts, live animal demonstrations and environmental education. Exhibitors included All Nations Community School, Bayou Land Conservancy, Citizens Climate Lobby, East Texas Herpetological Society, Friends of Texas Wildlife, H-GAC, Houston Spinstars, Let Them Drum, Plant for Pollinators, Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary, Spring Creek Nature Center, Targeting Mosquitoes, Waste Management
GreenUp The Woodlands Year Round!
Consider recruiting a group and organizing your own cleanup anytime of the year. Contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to borrow equipment. Please include your name, contact information, anticipated date, number of participants and proposed location.
Thank you for Greening Up with us
A special thank you to all participants, volunteers and sponsors that partnered with us to keep The Woodlands a beautiful place to live, rich in shades of green.
Earth Day GreenUp is hosted by The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department and was generously sponsored by Waste Management, Keep Texas Beautiful, Berkeley Services, Woodlands Joint Power Agency, H-E-B, Howard Hughes Corporation, The Woodlands GREEN, Papa John’s Pizza and Nature’s Way Resources.
Celebrating its ninth year, The Woodlands Township’s Earth Day GreenUp brings the community together to beautify our parks, pathways, greenbelts, and waterways. It’s not too late to lend a helping hand this Saturday, March 23, joining with hundreds of others in the original #trashtagchallenge!
Simply show up at one of the eight participating parks between 8 and 10 a.m. to register and pickup supplies:
- Alden Bridge: Alden Bridge Park, 7725 Alden Bridge Drive
- Cochran’s Crossing: Shadowbend Park, 4995 Lake Woodlands Drive
- College Park: Harper’s Landing Park, 2 N. Blair Bridge Drive
- Creekside Park: Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, 6535 Creekside Forest Drive
- Grogan’s Mill: Sawmill Park, 2200 Millpark Drive
- Indian Springs: Falconwing Park, 5610 Rush Haven Drive
- Panther Creek: Ridgewood Park, 4192 Interfaith Way
- Sterling Ridge: Cranebrook Park, 11800 Cranebrook Drive
PLEASE NOTE: All minors will need a parent/legal guardian to sign the waiver to participate – print one here to bring to the check-in location if a child will be volunteering with a group separate from their parent/legal guardian.
All can join the after-party at Northshore Park from 11am to 1pm!
After the clean-up, gather for live music, entertainment, and pizza! Clean-up participants can claim their t-shirt and free slice of Papa John’s pizza. Everyone can enjoy the Buck Yeager Band and entertainment by Mr. Cirque the Acrobat.
Periodic rain showers are forecasted for Saturday. The event will be held rain or shine. In the event of lightning, we ask that volunteers remain in their vehicle or the park pavilion until it passes. Should severe weather cause a cancellation we will notify all volunteers via email as well as the event page on The Township website and the Township Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
Click here for more information or contact Environmental Services at 281-210-3800 or email@example.com
Thank you to our sponsors: Keep Texas Beautiful, Waste Management, Berkeley Services, HEB, The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency (WJPA), Nature’s Way Resources, The Howard Hughes Corporation, The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. and Papa John’s!