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Have you been thinking you should make more of an effort to live “greener”? With so much information out there, it’s hard to know where to start. Hudson’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) has done the thinking for you. The EAC’s mission is to find ways for Hudson and its residents to become more environmentally friendly. To do this, the EAC provides recommendations to City Council regarding environmental initiatives and provides ways to increase awareness of the human impact on the environment.
The EAC has been instrumental in implementing several environmental initiatives, including the launch of the City’s preferred trash hauler program, the City’s Green on the Green event, and stormwater education. The City’s preferred trash hauler program was introduced to Hudson in 2016. The EAC ensured that the preferred trash hauler and every hauler that services Hudson provide free, single-stream curbside recycling.
Each year, the EAC sponsors the City’s popular environmental event, Green on the Green, that features all things eco-friendly. Environmental groups from the area are invited to participate. Electronic recycling, document shredding, free energy efficiency kits, rain barrel workshops, discussions on stormwater management, tours of the Solar Training Center, and more are included in the event. The next Green on the Green will be held in 2018.
Stormwater education is a large part of the EAC’s job. The EAC holds multiple rain barrel workshops each year to show residents how to assemble and use the barrels. The rain barrels provide a simple way to reduce stormwater runoff and conserve water. The rain collected can be used to water lawns during summer. This year, stormwater education efforts also include a campaign to reduce the problem of pet waste being left on the ground. This waste can cause pollution when it is swept into local waterways.
Currently, the EAC is in the process of partnering with Keep America Beautiful to create a Keep Hudson Beautiful group. This will bring together citizens, businesses, public officials, and civic leaders to care for the community by working to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify the community. Keep Hudson Beautiful will be looking for volunteers in the coming months, so watch for ways you can help with this campaign!
The EAC is also working to educate Hudson residents about the solar power options available to them. A Solar Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Hudson Library and Historical Society where residents can learn about solar energy opportunities and benefits.
Want to help the City and the EAC create a more environmentally friendly Hudson? Here are some ways you can contribute:
With some small changes in our everyday lives, we can make a big difference!