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2015 South End Earth Day

The 5th South End Earth Day took place at The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center on April 25th. It was a great event with nice sunny weather. This year AVillage partnered with the Department of Health and soilShop in running soil lead tests during the event. With help from many people, we successfully collected and tested over hundreds of soil samples. This was a very significant step for the South End neighborhood, since there had never been a definitive study of lead in the soil for the region. We might have a big impact on state policy and possible funding for improving the health of the neighborhood.

During the event, AVillage also provided a tour of vacant lots for those interested in learning more about the South End and the Albany Land Bank properties. Following the tour, our guide George, also our Farmers Market Manager, handed out a South End vacant lots map.  It is our hope the participants will build a closer relationship with the community, and this will turn into future action.