plant pride not litter

MANSFIELD -- The Earth Stewardship Celebration, in its 24th year, invited businesses, organizations, churches, schools and residents in Mansfield/Richland County to conduct a litter clean up and/or beautification project, community gardens, recycling drives and/or energy efficiency projects.

All who registered were invited to participate in the ninth-annual "Take Pride Contest."

The 24th Annual Earth Stewardship Celebration looked a little different in 2020, due to COVID-19 and the statewide restrictions during the spring and summer.

Members of the Earth Stewardship Steering Committee elected to extend the program to provide an opportunity for those wishing to participate more time to complete their projects in a safe manner.

"We invite you to join us in celebrating and recognizing the culmination of the many projects completed and those who unselfishly gave of their time, money, and energy to make Mansfield/Richland County a more beautiful place to work and live," said Kim Hildreth, program coordinator

The winners of the ninth-annual "Take Pride Contest" are:

Mankind Murals – We Flatten the Curve

Next Generation Films – Beautification of Burton Park

Richland Soil & Water Conservation District Volunteers – Longview Center Plant Bed Restoration

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. - Downtown Flower Planting

The Rotary Club of Mansfield – Litter clean-up and maintenance of entryway signs on Ohio 13 and Ohio 39

The Mount Family – Litter Clean up

People’s Choice Award - U.M.A.D.A.O.P/S.A.L.T. Team – The S.A.L.T. Team

Photos and a great video of some of the projects can be found on the Earth Stewardship Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Earth-Stewardship-Celebration-123356944370003.

Members of the Earth Stewardship Steering Committee are: City of Mansfield; Downtown Mansfield, Inc.; Friends of Mansfield Parks; Mansfield in Bloom; North End Community Improvement Collaborative; OSU Extension; Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development; Richland Newhope Industries; Richland Public Health; Richland County Regional Solid Waste Management Authority; and the Richland Soil & Water Conservation District.

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