It may not be St. Patrick’s Day but it’s a perfect time to show your “green” when the city of Mesa, in partnership with Benedictine University, hosts the Green Living Magazine March issue Launch Party this Thursday.
The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 2 at Benedictine University, 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase the programs that Mesa offers their residents to help them lead an earth-friendly lifestyle,” said Laura Hyneman, environmental and sustainability deputy director. “Over the years, Mesa has provided leadership in sustainability programs including the Water – Use It Wisely outreach campaign that now boasts 17 Valleywide partners, and is promoted throughout the state and nationally. Mesa was also the first city to provide a Green Waste Barrel program in the state of Arizona.”
Other programs include a Grass-to-Xeriscape rebate, backyard composting, paint reuse, and innovative recycling programs for cooking oil and textiles such as old clothing or stuffed animals too worn to donate. These programs not only offer customer convenience and dollar savings but also promote water conservation, save natural resources and reduce waste in the landfills. Household hazardous waste collection events and prescription drug disposal programs reduce harmful waste such as pharmaceuticals, oil, pesticides, electronics and appliances from contaminating soil and water. Mesa is also improving walkability and offering transportation options with Valley Metro Bus and Light Rail service and even GRID Bikes in downtown.
Of course, nothing makes an area more “green” than plants. Mesa has amazing city parks, will be celebrating its seventh year as a Tree City USA community and is proud to have one of the most successful Valley community gardens, Mesa Urban Garden, in the downtown area.
Launch parties promote the latest magazine issue and allow attendees to meet green businesses and enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors. For more information or to RSVP to attend the Green Living Magazine Launch Party, visit www.greenlivingaz.com. To learn more about Mesa’s sustainability programs, visit www.mesaaz.gov/sustainability.