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Environmental Sustainability Task Force, RHS Green Team join forces

ROSEMOUNT — Spring may have arrived late, but park cleanup is finally here.

Due to the late snowstorm, the event slated for Earth Day April 22 was delayed two weeks.

Vanessa Demuth, volunteer with Rosemount Environmental and Sustainability Task Force, said the community is welcome to join volunteers and students from the Green Team at Rosemount High School.

Demuth, a former City Council member who started the task force in 2016 and served as the council liaison, said the cleanup will get the parks looking beautiful for the season.

"This time of year, it is absolutely good to get all the garbage that has been trapped under the snow and has not been picked up the past eight months," Demuth said.

Rather than just throwing debris away, volunteers can work to recycle glass and plastic that is in good shape, Demuth said.

"I think it is the camaraderie among the members, and we are all passionate about water and energy and the national environment," Demuth said.

The task force recently added two members to expand from seven to nine members, but there is still a vacancy.

The task force is currently researching and addressing issues of energy efficiency, water conservation and waste and recycling. Rosemount residents can guide the direction by serving on the task force.

Interested residents may pick up an application by May 31 at City Hall. Forms also are available at the city's website www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/commission.

Task Force positions are unpaid and the group meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact call 651-322-2003 or email cityclerk@ci.rosemount.mn.us.

Other efforts

The taskforce is abiding by county and state mandates to increase organics, Demuth said.

"We did a collected food waste at the firefighters waffle breakfast — The firemen were really engaged," she said.

The taskforce diverted 100 pounds of food waste and compostable forks and knives at the Rosemount Fire Department's breakfast. Now the taskforce is gearing up to be ready to collect food waste and recyclables during Leprechaun Days in July.

For residents interested in recycling their organics, Demuth said there is a site in Eagan.

"We are hoping for a site when it expands and becomes more popular — it is a no brainer really," Demuth said.

Rosemount City Council will be presented with an energy action plan June 5, Demuth said.

"The environmental task force applied to Xcel Energy to get a grant for them to provide facilitators and writers and to hold five workshops with business leaders, residents, the mayor and council members, staff and commission members," Demuth explained.

There will be a big kickoff for the community working toward the city's goal of reducing its energy by 15 percent by 2040, Demuth said.

Sunday's event to clean up green spaces and parks is part of the overall plan.

Demuth added, "We want the public to show up for this big community event and to join us in this city cleanup — the city is providing bags, some vests and some snacks."

If you go ...

Who: Rosemount Environmental and Sustainability Task Force and Rosemount High School’s Green Team

What: Park cleanup

When: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 6

Where: Rosemount High School’s main doors, 3335 142nd St. W.

Rosemount’s Central Park, 2893 145th St. W.

Bloomfield Park, 14225 Bloomfield Path

Rosemount Family Resource Center, 14521 Cimarron Ave. W.

More info: Vanessa Demuth at vanessademuth@yahoo.com

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