February 26, 2014
ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell residents can pat themselves on the back for the efforts they make to be environmentally friendly, or in one word, "green." The third annual Roswell Green Expo Feb. 22 drew hundreds of residents to Hembree Park to learn more about sustainability and being good stewards of the Earth.
Janet Liberman, the environmental programs manager for the city of Roswell and executive director of Keep Roswell Beautiful, said Roswell has a 75 percent recycling rate curbside.
"That is unheard of," she said. "Our neighboring city has an 18 percent rate."
In addition to paper, cardboard, glass and plastic, the Roswell Recycling Center takes latex paint, electronics and motor and vegetable oil. There are also bulky trash and expired drugs days at the center.
Liberman is in charge of doing an annual "litter index" for Keep America Beautiful. Volunteers go out and score a city on a scale of 1 to 4 on how much litter they see. A low score is no litter, while a high score means they're swimming in it. Roswell consistently scores 1.2 or 1.3. The national average is 2.8.
Roswell Environmental Education and Water Conservation Coordinator Vickie Culbreth gives free talks in public and home schools about water pollution, quality and conservation and can also discuss trees and other aspects of the environment.
Three Keep Roswell Beautiful projects include Adopt a Road, Adopt a Stream, and Storm Drain Marking. They also have an annual river clean up and Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling.
There were a handful of life-size characters that made appearances at the Roswell Green Expo, including Captain Planet and Keep Roswell Beautiful's KiRBy the Duck. (click for larger version)
"We are very lucky we live in a community that is green-minded, sustainable and recycles. Out of that came the Roswell Green Expo," Liberman said.
Liberman also encourages people to buy and shop locally. The Roswell Farmers Market runs from May to September. Unlike many other farmers markets, these farmers must live within 100 miles of the city of Roswell.
To view a two minute video of the Green Expo event, scan the QR code with a smartphone or tablet.
For more information, go to KeepRoswellBeautiful.org.
Revue and News 02-26-14