New Albany to cap Earth Month with tree, shrub plantings

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New Albany to cap Earth Month with tree, shrub plantings

New Albany will end April – otherwise known as Earth Month in the city – with the planting of a ginkgo tree at Rose Run Park near Raines Crossing.

A short ceremony at the spot is scheduled for 9 am April 29 at the new park.

After the ceremony, staff will plant five large witch hazel shrubs along the hillsides on both sides of Raines Crossing.

“While we have been a Tree City for 11 years, this is the first year that we have received a Tree City USA Growth Award by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor our commitment to effective urban forest management,” New Albany city forester Marylou Hoessle. “We are receiving a Growth Award alongside our Tree City USA recognition for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The Growth Award recognizes major milestones and annual activities that combine to build sustainable community forestry programs over the long term.”

It caps a busy month of planet preservation in New Albany that started April 14 with a new composting program in which residents may drop off home food waste at the public-service building, 7800 Bevelhymer Road; Village Hall, 99 W. Main St.; and Temple Beth Shalom and All Saints Episcopal Church parking lot, 5089 Johnstown Road.

The program is a direct result of the Engage New Albany strategic plan and the city’s new Sustainability Advisory Board, said Adrienne Joly, director of administrative services for the city.

“As one of the community’s four pillars, sustainability has always been important to New Albany,” Joly said. “However, with the creation of the Sustainability Advisory Board last year, there is more opportunity to educate the community on how to live in a sustainable way.”

The Earth Day activities and the composting program will help New Albany residents be informed about the environment and take steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives, she said.

Compost buckets are provided by the city, but their use isn’t required.

Households or businesses that use other receptacles are encouraged to use plastic or glass food-storage containers with snap-close lids.

Also, earlier this month, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio gave the city a $13,042 grant to improve its in-house recycling program.

The money will be used to support the implementation of single-stream recycling in city buildings.

The money will help the city pay to expand recycling among staff and visitors at three city buildings, including public service, Village Hall and the police department, said Hanna Greer-Brown, SWACO spokesperson.

The city also held several Earth Day activities April 23 at Rose Run Park.

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