In 2021, a Little Free Library was constructed and and now resides at Growing Friends Community Garden.
In 2022, Clean Green Action began its 15th year of working on projects that focus on sustainability and reducing impact on the environment. This year, we're taking on these projects:
Choose to Reuse – This event, which is organized by different area townships (e.g. Rome, Grant, Grand Rapids, Seneca), allows people to drop off useful items for others to have for free. Check with your local township for dates.
Recycling Rangers– This activity will continue to provide recycling containers and volunteers at local community events.
Sustainable Wisconsin Rapids – This involves working with Wisconsin Rapids officials to form a Sustainability Committee and to move the city towards becoming a sustainable community.
Bird City – In 2022, the Bird City designation for Wisconsin Rapids will be renewed with continued work on a woodlot project behind Lincoln High School, support for the Wisconsin Prairie Chicken Festival on April 9, and winter and summer events in conjunction with the Kiwanis Youth Outdoor Day.
Climate Awareness Book Club – This book club is aimed at choosing, reading, and discussing books or reports about climate change and sustainability in order to educate ourselves and to help find constructive ways to address the issues while also addressing our own anxieties about the overwhelming nature of the problem.
Highway Clean Up – We clean our adopted stretch of highway twice each year. It's an opportunity to build community and volunteers are always welcomed!
Prairie Chicken Festival - Clean Green Action and Bird City Wisconsin Rapids provide manpower and assistance to organize and promote this festival in Wood County. Learn more at their Facebook page.
Booth at local/area fairs – When possible, we attempt to have a presence at events like the Grand Affair.
Pollinator Protection – This project works to protect insects, butterflies, birds, and animals from harmful exposure to fertilizers and insecticides and to encourage sustainable practices in maintenance of lawns and yards by limiting excessive use of sprays, watering, etc.
Monarch Encouragement- This collaborative effort between municipalities, the county and local organizations promotes pollinator gardens through education and action. Learn more at their Facebook page.
Climate Change Awareness - The concept of this project is to make people more aware of the impacts of climate change in central Wisconsin and hopefully encourage their support of efforts to confront this crisis. This would be accomplished by creating a display for local libraries and by providing interviews with locally-impacted individuals to social media sites.
Environmentally Themed Little Free Library - In 2021, a Little Free Library was constructed and and now resides at Growing Friends Community Garden. It is supplied with nature-themed materials to inspire readers to embrace their outdoor surroundings.
Children's Books on the Environment - This project involves purchasing children’s books on the environment (e.g. climate change) for McMillan Library, other libraries in the area and/or our Little Free Library at Growing Friends Community Garden.
The success of our ongoing and new projects depends upon our selfless volunteers. With more help, our chances of success will improve. If you are interested in joining our group and helping out on one or more of these projects, please attend our meetings which occur at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month (except for June, July and August) at McMillan Library and via Zoom during COVID. To get the Zoom link, email email@example.com.