Valley Earth Resource Group Celebrates Earth Week 2016

FARGO, N.D. (April 13, 2016) – Valley Earth Resource Group invites residents to celebrate Earth Week, April 18th thru 23rd, 2016 by participating in a variety of green, earth-friendly activities in Fargo and Moorhead.

Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney and Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, along with Mayor’s from Dilworth and West Fargo will kick off Earth Week with a press conference on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm at the South side Osgood recycling drop site next to the Fire Station at 3957 Village Lane in Fargo, North Dakota.

The local Earth Week Committee has the first of two major goals we are undertaking in honor of the 46th anniversary of Earth Day in the Valley.

#1Recycling education targeting multifamily dwellings in the Metro area:
Committee leaders encourage apartment owners and tenants to make a commitment to the environment by starting to recycle at multifamily dwellings. This campaign is designed to support local recycling efforts. Posters will be distributed and posted in apartments informing tenants on what they can recycle and where they can recycle. The posters will provide information on a convenient neighborhood drop site in their area.

#2Reduce and Recycle Plastic Bag in the Metro Area:
During Earth Week Clay County, and the Cities of Moorhead and Fargo along with MinnKota will be encouraging consumers to use reusable bags and reduce the use of plastic bags.
Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States. The rest create a litter problem for local landfills, waterways, streets and trees. If you've made the switch to reusable grocery bags, then applaud yourself for being environmentally aware. Plastic bags take anywhere from up to 500 years to decompose and it takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the estimated 100 billion plastic bags Americans use each year.
You can also keep your eyes open for recycling bins at your favorite grocery stores, department stores, and retailers. These bags can NOT go into curbside or drop site recycling bins.


MATBUS – Get Your “Can” on the Bus
The Get Your "Can" on the Bus promotion running from April 18th-23rd invites residents to ride MATBUS for free when they donate one aluminum can and to enter drawings for free t-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.

Exhibits from 2:30-5:30PM, ecce Gallery 216 N Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102 later that day with an IMPROV SHOW at 6:30PM at NDSU Barry Hall, 811 2nd Avenue N, Fargo, ND 58102.

Hosted by efargo with Concordia College, MatBus, GreatRides Bike Share, Jack Norland and Carbon Negative Students (NDSU), Russell Schell (RJ Energy Solutions), John Bagu, Mara Brust, Mike Williams and more.

Clay County Solid Waste– Waste Transformation Art Exhibition
Clay County Solid Waste and the Moorhead Library are thrilled to be hosting the 18th annual Waste Transformation Art Exhibit, April 18-22. This exhibit features art created from materials such as plastic bottles or bags, metal scraps, old clothing, and even everyday trash.

Materials such as these would otherwise have ended up in the waste stream, but the Waste Transformation Art Exhibit provides an outlet for them to be repurposed into beautiful works of art. In past years, pieces have been submitted ranging from exquisite rugs and quilts made from leftover textiles, to quirky knick-knacks made from jars.

RED RIVER ZOO – Party for the Planet
Party for the Planet 2016, April 23, 2016 – The Zoo will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with all activities and animal encounters occurring between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Party for the Planet is an all day celebration of Earth Day at the Red River Zoo!
This fun filled day celebrates conservation through fun activities, crafts, and animal encounters. We’ll have music by Aimee Klein, as well.

Regular admission rates apply. As always, Red River Zoo members receive free entry.
Join the Red River Zoo for a celebration of Earth Week, Spring, life, and animals. Great for the whole family. Contact the Red

River Zoo for more details, at (701) 277-9240, or

MINNKOTA – Celebrate Earth Day
Reclamation of used aluminum beverage cans continues to be a major source of supply for the U.S. aluminum industry. Earth Day, started 46 years ago, is celebrated by people who believe in saving energy by reducing, reusing and recycling materials that would otherwise take more energy to replace.

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 18th – April 30th. 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 2016 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, visit


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