Garden Gnome: Event encourages green living

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Next Saturday, Augusta is celebrating the first of what hopes to become the annual Augusta Living Green Day.

With Earth Day just around the corner, April 22, the March 31 event will give you a chance to find ways to become an even better steward of the environment.

The Norseman Environmental company will make a return visit to Augusta, bringing rain barrels and composter systems. Conserving rain and making compost are great ways to be kind to the environment.

The Georgia Forestry Service has donated 1,000 saplings to be given out.

You will be able to find great advice and help from the Master Gardener’s booth, Summit Green Soolutions, the US Green Building Council, Augusta Locally Grown, the Green Way Store and Augusta Greenway Alliance.

The Augusta Utilities Department will have a booth featuring water conservation. Georgia Power will be there, too. The Augusta Environmental Services Department will have an on-site drop-off for tires, batteries and electronics recycling. The traditional curbside recycling containers will be at the Common as always, according to Matt Mixon, of the city of Augusta.

Perhaps best of all, vouchers will be given out to pick up loads of mulch from the landfill.

Once inspired, you can sign up to help the green cause through Billion Acts of Green, a sign-up booth administered by Augusta Living Green Committee and the Clean Up Your Corner sign-up booth, also administered by Augusta Living Green Committee.

Sunbelt Nissan, Milton Ruben Chevrolet, Taylor Hyundai and Honda Cars of Aiken will have hybrids and electric cars. Club Car and E-Z-Go will be there, too. Vendors – including Bella Ice, Sweet and Green and PJ’s Juice Plus – will be selling concessions and green products. Of course, the highlighted vendor will be Norseman Environmental Services conducting the Rain Barrel and Compost Bin sale, Mixon wrote.

The family-friendly event is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Augusta Common, rain or shine.

EVENTS

• Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m. to noon is the first Columbia County Spring Plant Swap and Sale at Evans Towne Center Park. Gardeners and business vendors will be on site.

• Augusta Living Green Day, Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Augusta Common.


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