Golden Triangle BID Kicks Off "Clean, Green & Golden" Spring Cleanup Week
Release Date: Tuesday, April 6th 2010
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID), a private nonprofit organization that works to provide a clean, safe and welcoming business community for area workers and visitors will kick off its “Clean, Green & Golden” spring cleaning week on April 10. Councilman Jack Evans will join the Golden Triangle BID at noon on Tuesday, April 13 in Farragut Square Park to host its second “Flowers for Phones” event to encourage neighbors to recycle cell phones in exchange for a free potted flower.
“The Golden Triangle is the front yard of the White House and home to K Street, where some of the world’s most powerful and influential organizations are located,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the Golden Triangle BID. “With our “Clean, Green and Golden” cleanup week we want to put a spotlight on this amazing neighborhood and all it has to offer. We thank Councilman Jack Evans for being a part of this cleanup initiative and for joining us again for our “Flowers for Phones” event and encouraging this community to recycle,” she added.
Councilman Jack Evans said: “I commend the work of the Golden Triangle BID for their efforts to encourage the recycling of used cell phones. This event gets bigger and better every year and I am pleased to be able to support the BID in this great endeavor. Not only does it help promote electronic recycling, it offers a great opportunity to show folks all that is great about downtown.”
The Golden Triangle BID, with support from numerous local agencies, building owners and workers, has many events planned for the “Clean, Green & Golden” spring cleaning week that range from bringing the community together to recycle, making the streets “golden” through landscaping, to diligent cleaning activities that give the streets of the Golden Triangle the polish it’s known for:
• Flowers for Phones: The Golden Triangle BID will host “Flower for Phones” with the onsite support of the non-profit organization Earthworks on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday April 14 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in both Farragut Square Park and the Triangle Park at 21st and M Streets. Councilman Jack Evans will join the Golden Triangle at noon on April 13 to kick off “Flowers for Phones,” a project which encourages people to drop off used cell phones to be recycled. In exchange, participants will receive a yellow potted flower to plant and a chance to win prizes from Golden Triangle BID businesses including Spezie, Taberna del Alabardero, Sam & Harry’s, Eye Street Massage Therapy, Public Bar, M Street Bar & Grill, Green & Blue, Bread & Brew and The Foundry Gallery. In addition, four $50 gift cards to BLT Steak will be handed out on April 13, at noon sharp. Last year’s event resulted in more than 200 phones, chargers, and PDAs being recycled.
• Office Electronics Recycling: The Golden Triangle BID has coordinated with several properties to provide office tenants with opportunities to recycle large, outdated electronics such as old computers, monitors, and printers during the spring cleaning week.
• Golden Streets Initiative: Golden Triangle BID will continue to expand last year’s successful Golden Streets initiative to blanket the Golden Triangle with yellow flowers. The goal this year is for more than 70% of landscaping in the BID to be golden, thanks to the work of property managers in the area.
• Landscaping: The Golden Triangle BID will plant flowers in the park at 21st and M Streets and spread mulch around parks and along the K Street median. The BID will also coordinate with DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration and Casey Trees to see that additional trees are planted in the neighborhood.
• Bike Racks: To provide transportation alternatives, the Golden Triangle BID will install 11 new bike racks and fix and paint 30 existing racks. This will bring the total number of bike rack spots in the Golden Triangle BID to almost 700; approximately 16 per block.
• Newspaper Boxes: Newspaper boxes that need attention will be repaired and replaced with the help of area newspaper publishers and distributors.
• Paint Light Poles and Corrals: Golden Triangle BID will paint or touch up light poles and newspaper corrals that are stationed throughout the BID.
• Rolling Cleanup
Ambassadors will focus on the 1300 block of 19th Street to conduct a thorough white-glove level rolling clean up, pressure wash sidewalks, and clean in and around parks.
Check out the a full list of “Flowers for Phones” event prizes and more information about Spring Cleanup Week.
About the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded in 1997, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) is a private non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation that works to enhance the central business district in Washington, DC. The BID's primary focus is to provide a clean, safe and friendly environment within its 43 blocks of public space for area workers and visitors, and to retain and attract businesses to the Golden Triangle.