The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is proud to partner with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. in hosting our Rain Barrel Painting Contest each year for schools and student-based community groups in Erie and Niagara counties to honor Earth Day.
We will be launching the contest this Fall 2015, after school is in session. We are excited to work once again with classrooms, libraries and clubs aged K-12. All are encouraged to enter as a team through their classroom, club or after-school program. The team will design and paint their provided rain barrel according this year’s theme, to be announced in September.
All participating teams will receive their final painted rain barrels to use, donate or raffle as desired – with the end goal to have all barrels installed at a site for rain water collection and to promote community awareness about water quality and conservation. We encourage teachers to incorporate environmental lessons in the classroom wherever possible about conserving resources, stormwater pollution prevention, and reusing materials for a sustainable planet.
Along with Coca-Cola Bottling of Buffalo, Inc. partners that have made this contest possible were the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, Erie County Water Quality Committee, Glidden Paint, and Home Depot.
At our 2015 award ceremony, we were pleased to collaborate with the Albright Knox Art Gallery in celebration of this wonderful environmental art project. Additionally, the 2015 Rain Barrel Contest was entered into a local design competition called, Designing to Live Sustainably, and received an award for “Outstanding Design in Our Responsibility to Future Generations Competition”.
Below are some photos from our 2015 contest and award: