Hopewell Valley Green Week series scheduled April 15-22

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Hopewell Valley Green Week will not only focus on the environmental challenges facing the planet, but also solutions available to take action on climate change.

The third annual Hopewell Valley Green Week involves school activities, event activities and community activities from April 15-22.

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Green Week’s theme will be “Climate Action: Caring for People and Planet.”

The purpose of the week is to enhance the commitment to environmental work being done across the school district, Hopewell Valley municipalities, and the region as a whole.

Green Week’s planning group consists of Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) staff, students, community residents and local organizations.

There are activities taking place during the school day such as pollinator planting with the Sourland Conservancy at Stony Brook Elementary School, Hopewell Elementary School, Toll Gate Grammar School and Bear Tavern Elementary School.

Also, during the week will be a walk, bike, and roll to school day, a Green Week Student Expo, zero waste lunch challenges, and activities that investigate microplastics with the Watershed Institute, focus on gardening, and also time outdoors in nature.

Timberlane Middle School is hosting a stormwater runoff workshop that showcases the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space’s (FoHVOS) rain garden at the school.

Additionally, Hopewell Valley Central High School [HVCHS] is set to have Eco Lunch and Learn activities.

Community events begin on April 15 with a FoHVOS Clean Communities Day and The Watershed Institute’s Stream Clean Ups.

For April 16, a screening and panel discussion of the film “The True Cost”, which focuses on the environmental and human impacts of the fashion industry, takes place at Hopewell Theater from 4-6 p.m., according to the event schedule.

Student sustainability leaders and fashion researcher Michelle Gabriel will be part of the discussion.

On April 17, an online Zoom event called Food, Farming and Justice will begin at 7 p.m. HVCHS students from SHADES, along with Tomia MacQueeen, owner of Hopewell’s Wildflower Farm, and Renata Barnes, director of the Outdoor Equity Alliance’s Agrihood program, will help community members learn about restoring equitable access to healthy food and farming practices.

On April 19, a Zoom event will be held online at 7 p.m. organized by the HVRSD Climate Action Committee that will discuss the development of a Climate Action Plan for the district and positive impacts of such a plan.

When April 20 arrives an Eco Trivia Night will include a fundraiser for the Outdoor Equity Alliance, which begins at 7 p.m. online via Zoom.

On April 22, Watershed Institute’s Stream Clean Up, Hopewell Valley Bunny 5k Walk and Run for the Class of 2024 and Washington Crossing Park Association are scheduled.

For more information on events occurring during Hopewell Valley Green Week, visit https://sites.google.com/hvrsd.org/hopewellvalleygreenweek. 

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