Welcome to SLCgreen Connections, an occasional series highlighting SLCgreen’s fantastic local partners—the people and organizations with whom we work closely to make Salt Lake City a greener, more vibrant, and sustainable city!
by Ardyn Ford, SLCgreen intern
It is the rideshare of philanthropy: simple, quick, and on your own time. Designed with the fast-paced nature of the modern world in mind, Food Rescue US makes it easy to make a significant difference without overbooking your calendar.
Currently, Americans waste 40 billion pounds of food every year. This translates to 40% of the food supply. On the other side of this waste stands 50 million food insecure Americans who are unsure where their next meal is coming from. If you do the math, you’ll discover that the food being wasted could feed 36 million people three meals a day. There is a clear disconnect here.
Food waste is also a large source of carbon pollution–that includes all the wasted energy it took to grow, transport, and package the food in the first place, as well as the direct emissions rotting food produces in landfills.
So this Earth Week, learn more about what this unique organization is doing about it– and how you can get involved!
Salt Lake City is proud to partner with Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) to provide the SLC FruitShare program, which aims to feed the community while reducing food waste and utilizing neglected resources.
Each season, as fruit is ready to be harvested at the homes of registered fruit tree owners, groups of volunteers are organized to go out and harvest. The harvested yield is distributed between the homeowners, volunteers, and local food banks and other community agencies.
GULB is currently seeking Neighborhood Hub Leaders for the FruitShare Program, to help maintain efficiency and effectiveness as the organization continues to incorporate more trees and more volunteers.
The Neighborhood Hub Leaders will fulfill the vital role of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in their neighborhood. Each leader will be primarily responsible for organizing and overseeing fruit tree thinning and harvesting events within their specified hub, ensuring that all of the registered fruit trees in that region are harvested in a timely manner. While this position requires independent initiative, the leaders will receive supervision and support from Green Urban Lunch Box.
For a position description and application, visit the GULB website at or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Nicole Muehle, SLCgreen Intern
Come out to Alta on Saturday, July 11th from 8:00am to noon, and help clean-up Albion Basin. Volunteers will be able to ride the ski lift up to the top, and then hike down while picking up the winter’s trash. All volunteers are required to register by calling either (801) 466-6411 or emailing email@example.com.
For more information on events that Cottonwood Canyons Foundation will be holding, see the flyer below.
Be a part of the biggest volunteer project of the year along the Jordan River Parkway!
Volunteer on Thursday morning, May 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. You can even “Get into the River” with canoe-based river cleanup in addition to trail-side service projects!
Jordan River Commission is providing each volunteer with:
- One free ticket to a Real Monarchs game on May 16th
- 40% off registration fees for the Jordan River Marathon (Full, Half and 5K)
- A ticket for an opportunity drawing on May 30, 2015
- A chance to win the Thistle Wrangler award for the most invasive thistle plants removed
Sign up to volunteer and join the fun here!
Would you like to be a vendor at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market? Are you a farmer or grower within 250 miles of Salt Lake City? Do you hand-make artwork or crafts? Are you a local musician? A non-profit organization? A volunteer? A sponsor?
For details about the application process and the link to apply, visit the Downtown Farmers Market application page.
The application period ends April 3rd. Secure your involvement in something sustainable, local, and beautiful today!
Volunteer this Saturday, October 4!
EcoGarden & Orchard Cleanup
Day Riverside Library (1575 W 1000 North)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All ages welcome!
Register at http://bit.ly/treeutah
Photo Credit: Lemon Jenny via Flickr.
Looking for an excuse to spend the morning in the mountains? Volunteer to help plant trees in Alta with Tree Utah!
Trees are vital not only to the beauty of the mountains, but to the health of our watersheds and the operation of resorts like Alta Ski Area.
Tree Utah invites you to discover a whole new side of Alta Ski Area by joining them to plant 2,000 trees on September 6th, 2014! Both rugged and rewarding; it will be a fun day to enjoy and give back to the beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon.
When: Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Registration is REQUIRED, so please reserve your spot!
Where: Albion Grill, Alta Ski Area
A light breakfast will be provided including donations of coffee and tea from Starbucks and bagels from Einstein Bagel. The Albion Grill will be offering 25% off food for volunteers to enjoy lunch after planting.
100 volunteers are needed, ages 14+, and online registration is required because as they need to know the hiking abilities of the volunteers. Some groups will ride lifts and some will hike to plant, but all will be in rocky mountain terrain.
What to Bring:
- Sturdy close toed hiking shoes or boots
- Clothing appropriate for conditions (long pants and quick dry materials that can get dirty and take wear and tear are suggested)
- A backpack to carry your refillable water bottle, snacks or other needed items
- Gloves if you prefer to have your own
RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook!