50th Earth Day Anniversary

Today, April 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day Celebration. We, and our community partners, are disappointed that we are not able to celebrate with you as we normally would! Below are some suggestions for celebrating remotely. Now, more than ever, we are reminded of how our individual actions collectively make a difference!

Remote Earth Day

It’s not the same as a community volunteer activity or event, but below are some resources to help celebrate and recognize this important day!

Looking for ways to help keep our local waterways and Lake Erie clean? Check out the Clear Choices Clean Water website!

National Geographic Earth Day 2020 Magazine: “Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the U.S. and nations around the world have made significant progress in protecting the environment.

However, there is much work to be done, and new challenges have emerged.” Examine the progress—and the setbacks—over the past 50 years in this TIMELINE.

The Recycling Partnership has created a Virtual Earth Day Celebration – this page is dedicated to online Earth Day content – including tips, facts, games, and more – for residents and communities.

Toledo Zoo Virtual Programs: Looking for something fun for your child to pass the time at home? Toledo Zoo is offering programs to bring the Zoo to you. Their virtual learning experiences will connect you with educators and animal ambassadors at the Zoo through tours or classroom lessons. Planning a vegetable garden this year? Check out their Virtual Gardening “How To” Series: Vegetable Gardens, scheduled for April 29th!

Conserve Energy & Water

Spending more time at home and noticing an increase in electricity/water usage? Now’s a great time to check out Utility Insights!

After creating an account, customers complete a series of questions about their home or small business that can help them to understand their energy and water usage. Answers are used to provide recommendations for reducing usage and saving money. A personal savings plan will be created based off the completed profile & recommendations! Users can then keep track of projects, create a to-do list of the energy and water saving actions they plan to do, mark off which tasks they’ve already completed, and see estimates of how much their efforts can save…MORE.

Our Efficiency Smart program is a great way to implement some of the energy saving recommendations made by the Utility Insights program! Whether you’re looking for rebates to help make energy efficiency projects more affordable or need advice on what improvements are the most cost-effective, Efficiency Smart can help with your energy efficiency needs…MORE

Recycle Right

As work, school, and daily activities have shifted to home, residential recycling tonnage has increased. Our Public Works Department is committed to continuing safe collection of curbside refuse and recycling. Recyclables are delivered to Republic Services where additional safety measures have been implemented in their sort facilities to protect workers.  Residents can help keep these workers safe by recycling right. We ask that you take this time to review the list of accepted materials HERE.

Most importantly:

  • Do NOT bag your recyclables!Bagged materials require additional handling and in many cases are treated as garbage.
  • Empty and clean your recyclables. Food and beverage left in containers makes it difficult for optical scanners to read and sort the different types of plastic.
  • Gloves, masks, tissues, & wipes are NOT recyclable. Bag these items and place them in your refuse container.
  • Items left outside of containers will not be collected.
  • To avoid litter, drivers are not permitted to empty containers that are open and/or overflowing.

Want more tips? Check out our Recycle Coach app HERE.

In February 2020, Recycle Coach asked users and community members:  “What are your tips, tricks, and lifestyle changes showing your love for the environment?”  The community answered. Here are select stories from 36 individuals across North America:  36 Ideas, Big and Small, for an Eco-friendly Home

Not Closed: The Great Outdoors

Be sure to unplug and enjoy our parks! The Great Outdoors remains open. There are almost 400 acres of parkland in the City; a park within 1.5 miles of every resident.

You MUST maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others utilizing trails and other public spaces.

Our trails are still open, but please:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a 6 ft. distance between you and other park users.
  • It is okay to step off the trail to allow distance.
  • When passing, call out, “On your left!”, to notify those on the trail in front of you.

During this period of precautionary social distancing, The Great Outdoors remains open. There are almost 400 acres of parkland in the City; a park within 1.5 miles of every resident. Bowling Green Parks and Recreation encourages individuals to explore the parks, get some fresh air, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world. Playgrounds and public restrooms remain closed.

The Bowling Green Training & Community Center remains closed. Parks and Recreation business may still be conducted online or via phone. Pass holders will be credited for this disruption once the full extent of this fluid situation is known.

Questions? 419.354.6223