Asheville- April 22nd is a special day for the GWorks. We're celebrating 45 years of Earth Day and our own birthday! Earth Day was created in 1970 by then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. The Senator was inspired after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California to increase public awareness around environmental issues.
The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Asheville GreenWorks began April 22nd 1973 as Quality '76 to celebrate, cleanup and prepare for the nation's Bicentennial in 1976. A group of Asheville residents visited Switzerland and were inspired to come home and beautify their hometown. Knowing that our mountain environment, architecture and people are as beautiful as any European village. We began organizing Downtown cleanups, tree plantings and community beautification projects.
April 22nd 2015 Downtown Lunchtime Cleanup
Today we celebrate our birthday as we did 42 years ago with a downtown cleanup.
Come out to Pritchard Park from 11am to 2pm to join in on the fun. Brooms, tools, vests, gloves, buckets and refreshments will be provided. Our number one environmental offender downtown these days is the cigarette butt. Volunteers cleanup buckets full of these tiny devils to keep them out of our storm drain system. We could sure use your help!
Where is the GWorks headed?
We're ramping up our environmental education program, increasing our volunteer outreach and partnering with regional agencies to extend our reach. More trees, less waste and a better informed public are our goals for the next 40 years!
We can't do it alone, if you're interested in getting involved email us to find out how you can help: [email protected] or ph 828-254-1776