Roswell Green Expo

February 22, 2014 | By

Roswell Green Expo Draws Hundreds

By Helen Borland

Roswell residents can pat themselves on the back for the great efforts they make to be environmentally friendly, or in one word, “green.” The third annual Roswell Green Expo, held at Hembree Park on Saturday, Feb. 22, was an event where residents could learn more about sustainability and being good stewards of the Earth.

According to Janet Liberman, the Environmental Programs Manager for the city of Roswell and the Executive Director of Keep Roswell Beautiful, Roswell has a 75 percent recycling rate curbside. “That is unheard of,” she reported. “Our neighboring city has an 18 percent rate.” In addition to paper and 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 Recycling 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, a high score means they’re swimming in it. Roswell consistently scores 1.2 or 1.3. The national average is 2.8.

The Environmental Education Coordinator and Water Conservation Coordinator for the city of Roswell, Vickie Culbreth, gladly shared information about water, her area of expertise. She 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.

“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 stated.

Liberman also encourages people to buy and shop locally. The Roswell Farmer’s Market runs from May to September. Unlike many other farmer’s markets, these farmers must live within 100 miles of the city of Roswell.

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