Drain Commissioner Dale Twing to address group
2019 Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors for 3R Environmental Education will be held April 29 at 6 pm at Brooks Township Hall, 490 Quarterline Street, Newaygo.
Highlights will include the election of directors, a guest speaker, annual reports, and the presentation of Earth Alive Awards for exceptional dedication to a green community.
Guest Speaker is Dale Twing, Drain Commissioner for the Department of Public Works for Newaygo County. Twing will report on the state of recycling and the county’s developing waste management plan.
In October, 2018, 3R launched the Citizens' Environmental Watch and Action Coalition (CEWAC) as its environmental action committee. The diverse group of concerned county residents meets the 2nd Thursday monthly at 6 pm at Brooks Township Hall, 490 Quarterline St., Newaygo. Every other month, the group brings in a guest speaker. On May 9, CEWAC will host at least two guest speakers. Luke Cotton, Newaygo County Conservation District Director, will share his vision for a healthy local environment. Randy Butters will introduce the Newaygo Invasive Plants Project (NIPP), and talk about the problem of invasive plants escaping from residents’ gardens into woodlands, meadows, and waters. A third speaker is in the works to talk about favorable native plant options.
CEWAC’s current focus is on water issues; invasive species; chemicals used along public throughways; recycling education and support; and business and governmental policy at local and state levels. Former 3-term Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, who retired to Garfield Township, is a boon to the coalition with his depth of experience and knowledge about environmental issues.
3R this month launches its “Heroes Program for Eateries” under its EARTH ALIVE Awards series. Heroes promotes green practices in local restaurants, for example: biodegradable takeout containers, cutlery, and straws; energy efficient appliances; eco-friendly cleaners; and recycling bins for use by employees and customers. 3R volunteers are already out visiting local eateries.