Clean City Things to Know and Do! Meet HCCC, Community Cleanups, Seed Swap, Household Chemical Collection, World Environment Day 2021
NEWS YOU CAN USE!
MEET HCCC BOARD MEMBERS & STAFF
The Hampton Clean City Commission is comprised of nine (9) City Council-appointed board members and three (3) City employees. Each month you’ll get to know each of them, beginning this month with
HCCC’s Chair, Ryan Adams.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and educated at Tennessee Technological University, Ryan earned a Bachelors in Political Science.
He’s been involved with HCCC for over three years - first as a volunteer, then as a board member, and a member of various committees. He’s actively involved in the community and this Commission is something in which he looks forward to participating.
Throughout his career, he has worked within the advocacy and environmental sectors. He is currently a Regional Field Director at the League of Conservation Voters where he works to advance environmental policy and legislation in Virginia. One of the things he enjoys most about the City of Hampton is exploring the outdoors. He’s an avid runner, so his favorite spot to get some exercise is the Matteson Trail and the track at the West Hampton Community Center.
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2021
Jan. 12, 2020 - As COVID-19 rates continue to increase in Hampton and the region, Hampton city offices will begin to require appointments for residents and others...… Read on
YOU CAN HELP OUR BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS THIS WINTER!
Our Bee City USA - Hampton team has created beautiful pollinator seed packets available now at the HCCC office! The mix includes native perennial pollinator plant seeds along with a mix of zinnia, cosmos and marigold seeds. The packets are available for a suggested donation of $3. Please call HCCC at 757-727-1130 to schedule your visit to the office! For more information on native plants, visit our web page at https://hampton.gov/3762/Pollinators#idealpollinator.
VIRTUAL SEED SWAP HAS ENDED!
Our virtual seed swap had 21 participants receiving seeds and many other gardeners donating their seeds so each participant received at least 6 packets of vegetable and/or flower seeds. If you don’t haven’t received your seeds yet, watch for them to come by the end of the week. Check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HamptonVAcommunitygardens/ to stay up to date on what’s happening in the gardens!
ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
We challenge you to join us in February for 28 days of Eco-challenges! Each day’s challenge will include corresponding article on Facebook that will have you more committed to going eco-friendly. Challenge your co-workers and family to join you in making a positive environmental change in our city! We have also created an Eco-bingo card to add to the fun. See how many you and your family can complete and call ECO-BINGO! Tag us on social media #Keephamptonbeautiful https://hampton.gov/179/Clean-City-Commission
COME JOIN US FOR ALL IMPORTANT COMMUNITY CLEANUPS!
Upcoming Community Cleanups will be Saturday, February 6, 10am, at Lindsey Middle School and Saturday, March 6, 10am on Pine Street at Shell Road. Please pre-register with HCCC Project Assistant Cris Ausink at 757-727-1158 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed cleanup information to be provided at registration. Thank you!
HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL & COMPUTER RECYCLING COLLECTIONS 2021
The Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority has just released its 2021 calendar for chemical collections and computer recycling. You may find out dates, times, sites, and what may be accepted for collection at www.vppsa.org or by calling 757-259-9850.
WHICH RECYCLING SUPERHERO ARE YOU?
Our environmental partners at askHR Green have created a great recycling quiz that lets you test your recycling knowledge. Want to try it? Just click on https://askhrgreen.org/gtk-gtd/start-smart/ and claim your cape!
WAYS TO SUPPORT HCCC PROGRAMS
Did you know that HCCC accepts donations that support our programs? They are:
Bee City USA – Hampton: this fund supports Hampton’s Bee City USA program, including planting pollinator gardens and buying supplies for educational programs.
Hampton Waterways Restoration Project: this fund supports waterway education and action projects, like oyster gardens, living shorelines, and educational materials.
Keep Hampton Green: this fund purchases trees and shrubs that are planted on public lands in Hampton. Most recently it paid for plantings at Bluebird Gap Farm and Armistead Pointe.
To donate to these funds, make your check payable to City of Hampton and put a note naming the fund you wish to support. Charitable contributions to governmental units are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose.
CONNECT WITH HCCC IN 2021:
HCCC’s Facebook page serves as an information source for all things “clean city” – beautification, community environment improvement, litter prevention, recycling, the 3Rs, and general environmental education. We share reputable information about these topics and provide information about our programs, activities, and volunteers. If you want a good overview of what’s happening in Hampton and the larger world of our topics of interest, the Hampton Clean City Commission page is a can’t-miss sign-up! Follow us on Instagram or Twitter, too, to help share information about topics that are important to you. By the way, have you been to the HCCC web page at https://hampton.gov/179/Clean-City-Commission?
CHECK OUT THE BEE CITY USA – HAMPTON WEB PAGE!
Check out the information and resources on our new Bee City USA - Hampton web page! We hope you'll find it a useful source of information and support in your efforts to support Hampton's pollinators! https://hampton.gov/3759/Bee-City-USA
Hampton Community Gardens Check out the Community Gardens web page at https://hampton.gov/2798/Community-Gardens. Community Gardens has a wonderful Facebook page with great information about all things garden related. “Like” it at https://www.facebook.com/HamptonVAcommunitygardens.
HCCC sponsors two Facebook groups
The Hampton Waterways Restoration Project Group focuses on the HWRP Committee’s efforts to improve Hampton’s waterways through awareness and action projects. Among the posts you’ll see are reports on committee oyster activities, waterway cleanup announcements, information about various impacts on water quality, and volunteer reports on their various HWRP projects.
The Bee City USA – Hampton Group focuses on building a resilient habitat for bees and other pollinators. You’ll see educational posts about pollinators of various types, the plants they thrive on, how you can support a sustainable pollinator habitat, and occasionally cool educational resources.
Did you know that you can do your part in “Keeping Hampton Clean & Beautiful”? How?
Hampton Clean City Commission | O: 757-727-1130