Valley Earth Resource Group Celebrates Earth Week 2015

FARGO, N.D. (April 17, 2015) – Valley Earth Resource Group invites residents to celebrate Earth Week, April 20th-25th, by participating in a variety of green, earth-friendly activities in Fargo and Moorhead.

MATBUS – Get Your “Can” on the Bus
The Get Your "Can" on the Bus promotion running from April 20th-25th invites residents to ride MATBUS for free when they donate one aluminum can and to enter drawings for free MATBUS nylon shirts. Registration forms are available on MATBUS buses and at the Ground Transportation Center at 502 NP Avenue in Fargo.

Public transportation plays an integral role in protecting our environment. Did you know that one MATBUS bus full of people removes up to 50 cars from the road? That’s a line of cars approximately four city blocks long. Also, U.S. public transportation systems save 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline every year, the equivalent of 320 million cars filling up annually.

MOORHEAD LIBRARY – Waste Transformation Art Exhibition
The 17th Annual Waste Transformation Art Exhibition, sponsored by Clay County Solid Waste and the Moorhead Library, is taking place April 20th-24th at the Moorhead Library, 118 5th Street South, Moorhead, MN.

The Waste Transformation Art Exhibition is an art exhibition where any person, club, classroom, or organization is eligible to enter their craft or art project made from materials that would otherwise enter the waste stream.

The exhibits will be displayed at the Moorhead Library. The exhibits are judged and prizes will be awarded in several age categories.

Some of the exhibits from past years include beautiful rugs and quilts made from leftover textiles and old clothing, fantastic collages made using everyday trash, extraordinary sculptures made from used barbed wire, unique knick-knacks made from jars and textiles, and welded art made from metal scraps.

EFARGO – Community Events
Please join the efargo team for Earth Day events around the city and the official website launch! http://www.efargo.org
Contact: Mike Williams, 701-793-3771

efargo is a partnership between the City of Fargo and North Dakota State University to enter the two-year Georgetown University Energy Prize competition which aims to reduce energy use in cities around the country. The efargo team is one of fifty semi-finalists for the two-year (2015 & 2016) competition period. The team employs a comprehensive strategy including policy initiatives, performance data collection, partnerships, K-12 energy challenge, high-efficiency Passive House building demonstration, and a Pervasive Urban game played through social media. efargo aims to reduce energy consumption and increase renewables by 5% by 2016, ultimately reducing emissions in keeping with the goals of Go2030.

efargo Partners:
City of Fargo, North Dakota State University, Cass County Electric Coop, Xcel Energy & area K-12 schools

efargo Community Events:
Energy Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fargo Theater Second Stage
Short Presentations and Q&A with panel moderator, Karen Stoker
Panelists: Marshal Albright (CCEC), Mark Nisbet (Xcel Energy), Malini Srivastava (efargo)

Downtown Clean Up!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Meet at the US Bank Plaza any time between 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Downtown Clean Up! Thank You Party
Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:00 pm
The HoDo - 1st and Broadway
Make music on the solar-powered Makey Makey. Take your photo and pledge to conserve energy!

 RED RIVER ZOO – Party for the Planet

The Red River Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” will be on Saturday, April 25th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A tree planting ceremony will be at noon. Family activities include; crafting bagel bird feeders, making a toad abode, recycled papermaking, supermarket sweep, and animal observation skills. Also, attendants can help design evil Dr. Waste-a-Watt for the efargo K-12 Energy Challenge.
Join the Red River Zoo for a celebration of Earth Week, Spring, life, and animals. Great for the whole family with free admission for children.
Red River Zoo, 4220 21st Ave. SW, Fargo
Contact : (701) 277-9240, or www.redriverzoo.org

MINNKOTA – Celebrate Earth Day
Reclamation of used aluminum beverage cans continues to be a major source of supply for the U.S. aluminum industry. The aluminum industry estimates 1.77 billion pounds of used beverage cans get recycled every year which accounts for a 67 percent recovery rate.

MinnKota wants this region to keep up with the national standards and maybe even exceed those rates. Their recycling campaign will offer premium prices for cans from April 20th – May 2nd. This campaign is designed to divert tons of recyclables from area landfills, which will then be processed into new and useful products all while MinnKota puts extra money in residents’ pockets!

Learn Green. Live Green. This is the theme of the 2015 Valley Earth Week. Several events have been scheduled around the Fargo-Moorhead community by local cities, counties, and organizations providing an opportunity for residents to learn more about protecting our environment and encouraging people to live green everyday.

For more information on the Valley Earth Week Committee, visit valleyearthresource.org. To learn more about the City of Fargo’s environmental initiatives, visit the “City Info” tab at www.cityoffargo.com and click on “environmental protection”.

Contact: Mary Aldrich  Email: maldrich@minnkota.biz  Phone: 701-293-8428
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