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Student designed poster for GUD

Student designed poster for GUD

Green Up Day 2018 – Saturday May 5

Always the first Saturday in May, this year marks 48 years of Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition. Volunteers statewide come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. Vermont was the first state in the nation to designate one special day for cleaning the entire state. It is a fun and rewarding day for all those who participate.

This is the 7th year that the South Burlington Land Trust is organizing and managing the Green Up Day effort in South Burlington, with the active support and participation of City staff as well as the departments of Planning and Zoning, Recreation and Parks and Public Works.

Want to be involved? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Email us at contact@sblt.org and commit to cleaning up an area.
  2. If you know the area you would like to clean up before the day, email us at contact@sblt.org and request your preferred area. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
  3. Or simply show up on Saturday morning where volunteers will be on hand at City Hall to assign an area for you.

Bags will be available Saturday May 5 from 8 am to 2 pm in the parking lot at City Hall, 575 Dorset Street. This will also be the drop-off point for ALL trash collected. There is no roadside pickup.

On Green Up Day you can also enjoy food and refreshments generously donated by South Burlington businesses.

The SBLT will award prizes for:
The Most Trash Collected by one person/team.
The Most Unusual Object Found.

SBLT Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of past SBLT Board Minutes are provided to allow interested community members to learn more about the work of the organization.
You may read them here:

SBLT Position Statement: Edlund South Tract – November 2017

SBLT has released a summary of challenges associated with proposed development of the Edlund South tract, in response to UVM’s provisional sale of the land to Eastern Development Corporation. SBLT supports maintaining the current zoning and land use of the tract, which encompasses 34 acres of mature forest and wetlands bordering Potash Brook. Read the full position statement here.

Common Roots Thanks SBLT – June 2017

SBLT granted $1000 to Common Roots in support of their management of farmland at the City-owned Underwood Property in April 2017. Read their note of gratitude here.

City of South Burlington Comprehensive Plan

The City Council voted upon and approved the substantially updated and revised Comprehensive plan February 1, 2016. A copy of the approved plan is provided here for members review.  South Burlington Comp Plan

SBLT Monthly Board Meeting Day and Time

Please note the normal day and time for the SBLT’s monthly board meetings are the LAST WEDNESDAY of each month at Northfield Savings Bank on Shelburne Road at 4:30 PM.  All SBLT members (and interested community members) are welcome to attend!


SBLT Annual Meeting  – April 3, 2016

SBLT held its 13th Annual Meeting at the clubhouse at Ridgewood Estates off of Swift Street, Sunday April 3, 2016. .  The delicious potluck meal was followed by the business meeting which covered the election of a new director, Allan Strong, and reelection of current board members.

President Sarah Dopp presented the organization’s Annual Report and the South Burlington Land Trust Annual Award to former founding board member and great community citizen Barbara Bull, who has worked tirelessly to preserve open space.

The SBLT Award is given to a person or organization in South Burlington, whose work advances the mission for which the SBLT stands, and which makes South Burlington a better place to live. In 2010 the first award went to Marie Ambusk for her work on Tree-age and the establishment of a community nursery of trees.  In 2012 Common Roots was the recipient for their work to promote the eating of locally  grown food in South Burlington schools and neighborhoods. In 2014, the award went to Bread and Butter Farm and the 2015 recipients were the South Burlington Energy Committee.


10th Annual Meeting, March 10, 2013SBLTAwardPaquette

The 10th Annual Meeting of the SBLT took place March 10.  After the potluck meal, the last year’s activities were reviewed.  Two 3-year board terms were filled by Karen Ryder and Sarah Dopp. The SBLT Award was presented to Bernie Paquette, a 30-year resident of South Burlington, who is known for his advocacy for picking up litter, recycling and increasing our care for the city. He is shown here with SBLT President, Sarah Dopp.

Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards

On April 14, 2011 the Burlington Free Press and ECHO presented their inaugural environmental awards in 3 categories. The SBLT won the award in the “Courage in Leadership” category for our leadership in educating and mobilizing our community on the issue of siting the new police station in the Calkins Natural Area (now called Wheeler Nature Park). The resulting public vote resulted in saving the natural area and finding a desirable Gregory Drive location for the police facility. The award came in the form of a lovely reception at ECHO, lots of wonderful publicity for the SBLT, a beautiful Simon-Pearce engraved vase and a check for $1000 to further the SBLT’s conservation-based mission!



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