Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:12 AM
Updated: Apr 13, 2012 12:10 PM
As the world celebrates the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, Lexington will observe the occasion with cleanup events, an E-waste open house and a film festival, Mayor Jim Gray announced Friday.
Gray said Lexington's environmental quality continues to improve through efforts by the city, the private sector and residents.
"As a government we're responsible for providing many environmental services, but it takes all of us working together to clean up our environment and to use resources carefully," Gray said. "I'm excited to see companies like Coca-Cola investing in water quality initiatives, our businesses engaged in anti-litter programs and our citizens participating in cleanup activities."
Over the last year, the Coca-Cola Refreshments USA plant on Leestown Road has installed a rain garden and a rainwater harvesting system that captures stormwater runoff.
"The Rain Garden and Rain Harvest projects are examples of Coca-Cola Refreshments' on-going efforts to operate a fully integrated, excellent supply chain that is a Global Leader in Quality, Service, Safety and Sustainability," said John Vance, Lexington Warehouse Manager for Coca-Cola.
Coca-Cola is also sponsoring a cleanup at Masterson Station Park on April 21 as part of the Great American Cleanup, coordinated in the city by the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.
"The Great American Cleanup provides an opportunity for businesses, groups and citizens to make Lexington a cleaner and more beautiful city," said Amy Sohner, vice chair of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission. "We want our visitors to be overwhelmed by our natural beauty, as well as the cleanliness of Lexington." For information on the citywide cleanup, go to www.keeplexingtonbeautiful.com .
The city is also working hard to improve water quality through improvements to its sanitary sewer system.
"In the past two months, two new pump stations have become operational as part of the consent decree agreement," said Charlie Martin, director of the Division of Water Quality. "These projects will help reduce sanitary sewer overflows, preventing sewage from entering our streams."
The new Dixie pump station, located on Huntsville Drive, and the Deep Springs pump station, on Anniston Drive, totaled more than $2.7 million and replaced older pump stations.
In addition to improved water quality, the city is promoting recycling during Earth Week. From 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, the city's Division of Waste Management will hold an open house at its E-Cycle electronic waste recycling facility at 1306 Versailles Road. The facility will be open for tours and city collection trucks will be on display.
On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, the Lexington Film League will present the 2012 Doers Video Showcase. The showcase is a collection of short films from Kentucky filmmakers focusing on environmental issues. The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the Fifth Third Pavilion in Cheapside Park. For more information on the screening, go to www.lexingtonfilmleague.org/doers-2012.html .