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Do Something: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Turn your Christmas tree into eco-friendly mulch. Plus, take part in an art show for unity, convene with local educators and more ways to be an on-top-of-it citizen this week

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.

Recycle Those Trees

The holidays are kaput, which means it’s time to rid yourself of the greenery you used to fete the season. You have several choices when it comes to recycling your Christmas tree — a much more eco-friendly option than tossing it to the curb for the sanitation workers to haul away. Recycling trees cuts back on waste by turning the once-adorned firs into mulch that can be used to fertilize other plants and spruce up public green spaces. The Philadelphia Streets Department’s tree recycling program runs January 2 to 14. They have several drop-off locations located throughout the city that can be found here. For another option, nonprofit Sustainable 19125 & 19134 also hosts a Holiday Tree-Cycling and E-Cycling day on January 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Palmer and Front streets. There you can not only drop off trees, but any old electronics.

Exchange Ideas With Local Educators

Only a few days into the New Year, educators—and those who care about education in Philly—gather for the seventh annual Philly Collaboration of Educators, a chance to convene, share ideas and learn ways to make teaching approaches more effective in 2017. The one-day gathering is split into two locations—a session for high school discussions at Central High School, and one for middle school-centric activities at Bache-Martin School—and comprise teacher/staff-led interdisciplinary, content-area, and technology workshops. Sessions include everything from Black Lives Matter in the Classroom and Bringing Robotics to Your School to Students’ Rights and Racial Disparities in School Discipline. It’s open to School District of Philadelphia employees and non-employees, alike. Find details about registration here. Tuesday, January 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free, multiple locations.

Submit Art to Fight Hate

Heads up, Philadelphia designers. In February, AIGA Philadelphia plans to open, “#Design2Unite,” an exhibition that aims to fight hate with a message of love, inclusion, acceptance and unity. But first they need art. The organization is putting out a free open call for local artists to submit 2-D, 3-D or video designs that are non-partisan and fit the gallery show’s theme. Submissions should be dropped off or mailed to the attention of AIGA Philadelphia at WeWork Northern Liberties (1010 N. Hancock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123). The deadline is January 20. The exhibit will open February 3 at a First Friday exhibit at Bluecadet in Fishtown. For more details, go here.

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