MONTPELIER, Vt. — Nearly 300 students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members joined the Community College of Vermont’s Green Up effort on Saturday, and worked together to clean up roadsides throughout the state. Both CCV and Green Up Vermont are celebrating 50th anniversaries in 2020, and have partnered this year in joint recognition of the shared milestone.

CCV-Morrisville student Jenna Gilblair volunteered as one of 12 team captains that helped to coordinate events for each of CCV’s 12 locations. “I am especially proud to be a team captain for Green Up Day because I think it’s extremely important to not only protect our planet, but to promote healthier habits within our community as well,” she said. “If the public sees our teams making an effort, it could influence others to do the same. In the midst of this pandemic, it’s really nice to be able to work together for a great cause!”

Both CCV and Green Up Vermont were founded in 1970, and today, both organizations serve communities across Vermont and are driven by missions to ensure that Vermont’s people and natural resources can thrive.

Green Up Vermont’s executive director Kate Alberghini expressed her appreciation for CCV’s efforts. “With all of the challenges that the pandemic presented this spring, I am humbled by the high level of commitment and deep connections that Vermonters have to Green Up Day. People care very deeply for our state and that it be kept clean and beautiful. Our partnership with CCV speaks to the commitment of our community efforts. As we both celebrate 50 years, and look forward to 50 more, serving Vermonters both in where they live and how they continue to grow and achieve are our common missions.”

For more information about CCV’s history, impact on Vermont, and 50th anniversary, visit 50.ccv.edu.

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