Turlock is getting ready to get green. The city’s Municipal Services Department is preparing for its annual Go Green Week program, which focuses on environmental education for the community.
The program coordinates with area schools to engage staff, volunteers and students in learning about conservation and pollution prevention strategies.
According to city staff, the program includes grades kindergarten to 12th and features school site visits by local businesses, tree plantings, recycling contests, a district-wide “Wear Green Day” and other awareness activities.
Go Green Week is held in Turlock from March 12 through March 16, and the city’s bus line service, Turlock Transit, will offer free rides on fixed routes for that week ending March 17.
To date, the program has aided in diverting more than 19,000 pounds of material from the city’s landfill. It has planted 222 trees in the past 10 years, and has raised approximately $11,000 for area schools through recycling contests.