There are several ways to have a sustainable lifestyle, but you can even help the City become sustainable.
No Mow May
On April 26, 2021, the Common Council approved Resolution No. R-21-022 recognizing May of 2021 as No Mow May to encourage all citizens to support efforts to protect pollinators. To help protect pollinators, the City suspended enforcement of length of lawns and grasses until June 1, 2021. The suspension of the enforcement allowed pollinator species to emerge and early flowering grasses to establish to benefit the pollinators.
The image beside this text was used as a lawn sign by participants. Thank you for all who voluntarily participated in No Mow May. The City received a couple of photos from people of their yard with flowers, bees, and birds flourishing.
One of the many options to volunteer is to learn a new skill through the Parks Department. The Parks and Urban Forestry Department accepts volunteers to help clean up trash, maintain landscaping, and planting trees. The Director of Parks and Urban Forestry tries to match people with skill set tasks and interest in the Parks. Visit the Parks Department website for more information as well as how to contact Pat Groom.
There are multiple opportunities to learn how to become more sustainable. The Verona Public Library website hosts lots of events. Some of the events even relate to sustainability such as making and using compost in your backyard, storm water management, organic techniques for growing vegetables, and using herbs creatively. They even have events for children such as Eco Makers that recycle materials into a project.
The Sustainability Task Force continues to become educated by various guest speakers who give presentations about sustainable ideas. The following is a list of presentations that the Sustainability Task Force has viewed.