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LCUW announces the “Livingston County Earth Day Challenge”

Livingston County United Way is inviting the public to “go green” by participating in the Livingston County Earth Day Challenge.

Held over Earth Day Weekend, April 22-24, participants are encouraged to gather up to 5 friends and family and create a team for an app-based, interactive scavenger hunt for all ages.  Teams can play for fun, learning new ways to be better environmental stewards, or they can play to win what are described as “cool “green” prizes and fun experiences from participating local organizations.”

“If you’ve been thinking about making your household more eco-friendly, this is a creative and easy way to learn more about what resources exist in our community and take your first concrete steps”, stated Liz Welch, Community Investments Director at Livingston County United Way.

Played on a smartphone using the free GooseChase App, the Livingston County Earth Day Challenge will include approximately 30 “missions” that teams can pick and choose to complete over Earth Day Weekend. Missions vary from finding clues on local websites to visiting natural spaces including strolling in a county park or taking a bike ride. Missions have assigned point values depending upon difficulty or the amount of time they will take to complete.  Prizes will be awarded to 1st through 5th place based on points earned.

Proof of completion can then be submitted through the app in the form of photos, videos or text responses.  A list of organizations that have provided missions for this event include Recycle Livingston, The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Friends of Island Lake, The Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club, Vail Resorts, WM, Livingston County Department of Planning, Livingston County Solid Department, Mom’s Clean Air Force, MSU Extension, The Howell Conference and Nature Center and Bordines.

Nicole Mandziuk, Development Director at Livingston County United Way said the Earth Day Challenge scavenger hunt is their first collaborative event to “promote sustainability awareness and best environmental practices throughout the community.”

The entry Fee is $10 and the event is limited to 50 teams.  Anyone interested signing up and do so through this link: https://conta.cc/3CZ4yP9

Event collaborators and prize donors are welcomed up until April 15th.

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