Earth Month 2015 Proclamation

    Mayor Ardell F. Brede held a media conference on April 1, 2015, in the Government Center’s City Hall Atrium, issuing a Mayoral Proclamation for Earth Month 2015, highlighting environmental activities scheduled throughout the month of April.

    Earth Month 2015 Proclamation  


    Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and Arbor Day is Friday, April 24, 2015; and


    Earth Day and Arbor Day inspire many organizations to host environmental events to help raise awareness of environmental issues during the month of April; and


    several environmental events have been planned in Rochester during the month of April; and


    The Mayor’s Urban Forestry Volunteer Awards are presented to volunteers
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    Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Registration Now Open

    Men’s underwear, a cat bed, a set of car keys, and a broken toilet. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 8 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year?

    So far, over 95 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007. This year’s event will be April 18-25 and registration is now open.

    Volunteers are encouraged to collect litter anytime during that week. Trash
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – February 2015

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their sixth official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Kutzky, Eastside, Historic SW, Washington, Homestead Trails, Folwell, NW Neighbors and a Downtown neighborhood not yet registered as an association were in attendance.

    The focus of this meeting was to hear about and discuss the current Current Olmsted County Planning Process. Presenters were John Harford, Supervisor, Development Review Services Division and Mitzi Baker, Director, both from the Rochester‐Olmsted Planning Department.

    To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and
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    Spring 2015 Community Tree Planting


    The city’s boulevard tree spaces are currently over half empty and each year 1,000 boulevard trees are removed to disease or damage. We need your help to add 200 more street trees to the Sunnyside and Slatterly Park neighborhoods in southeast Rochester.  Much of this planting will focus on planting the “Right Trees in the Right Place” through placing short stature trees under power lines to prevent problems in the future of the trees growing into the wires.

    Saturday, May 2

    Starting at 8:30 am

    Meet at the RNeighbors offices’ parking lot, on the Fairgrounds at 1421 3rd Avenue SE.

    You’ll be able to see our
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    2015 RNeighbors Neighborhood Project Grants

    What is the Neighborhood Project Grant?
    These grants reimburse up to $1,000 in costs for neighborhoods to complete projects that enhance a neighborhood’s livability and involvement, benefit the entire neighborhood and promote a strong sense of community. We encourage you to be creative. These non-revenue producing projects can include, but are not limited to, identification signage, butterfly & rain gardens, native plantscaping and public art projects.

    Are you specifically interested in a community food garden?
    Thanks to a partnership with the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Olmsted County Public Health, five grants up to $1,000 each are available for community food gardens.
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    Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Survey

    The City of Rochester Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) is seeking input on the future of heritage preservation in our community.

    Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) Survey

    Please help in this effort by sharing your opinions regarding heritage preservation. We are seeking a broad range of input, so please share this survey link with others you feel may be interested.
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    2015 Spring Citizen Forester Training

    Photo: On Saturday, September 20, 2014, 52 folks spent their morning learning all about and planting trees in our Citizen Forester class.

    When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8 am – Noon
    Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
    Community Ed Class Number: 8644.231
    Price: $15.00

    Become a part of the Rochester urban forester team through this course led by the City of Rochester Forestry Division and RNeighborWoods. This class is packed with tree education, climbing and planting.

    You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on activities. Discover techniques that will give you
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    2015 Spring Tree Grant Application Now Available

    Photo: On September 27, 2014, the RNeighborWoods team helped the Washington neighborhood plant 25 trees including Ginkgo, Elm (disease resistant), Crab-apple, Red Bud, Buckeye, and Swamp White Oaks as a part of the Neighborhood Tree Grant.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 5,150 volunteers to plant 5,764 trees on Rochester boulevards. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint. Once again the City of Rochester, RPU and RNeighbors is offering a grant for a winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    Twenty-five trees will all
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    A Litter Bit Better Sponsorship Opportunities

    Will you Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! in 2015? This popular, citizen led, city-wide initiative improves water quality and beautifies our city. With the help of generous sponsors, the event has been a success each and every year.

    Since the event’s first year in 2007, nearly 20,000 volunteers have prevented over 95 tons of trash from polluting our landscapes and waterways. In 2014 over $4,000 in donations and $56,000 of in-kind services were used to put on the event and similar levels of participation will be needed again in 2015.

    With your support, we can continue supporting initiatives such as:

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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – December 2014

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their fifth official meeting. Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group. Representatives from the Sunnyside, Kutzky, Eastside, Historic SW, Washington, Northrop, Homestead, and a few neighborhoods not yet registered as associations were in attendance.

    The focus of this meeting was to hear about and discuss the current and projected Olmsted County housing needs and how this will impact Rochester neighborhoods. Presenters were from the Rochester Area Foundation referring to a study and graphs prepared by Greater
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