We have a saying in this community that "Dublin is home" to many positive things, and we're certainly proud that environmental stewardship is one of them.

Thanks to visionary leadership, the City of Dublin was an early proponent of being environmentally friendly before "going green" became a trend.

Whether it's by preserving our 60 parks, encouraging bicycling on our 100-plus miles of bicycle paths, or reducing emissions with one of the greenest fleets in the nation, Dublin puts a strong emphasis on the environment.

In recognition of Earth Month, we would like to encourage our residents to join us in one or more opportunities to help protect the environment.

Bringing us your household hazardous waste for safe disposal, attending a nature education session or pledging to be greener through sustainable habits are just a few ways you can help.

Another key way to get involved is by volunteering at our annual Earth Day event April 21, when we will be planting a pollinator garden in the M.L. Trabue Nature Reserve, 6566 Post Road. Volunteers will join our horticulture team to plant trees, shrubs and perennial plants that will attract, feed, and shelter many different varieties of beneficial pollinators. The new plantings will be much more helpful to the environment, while providing some visual diversity.

Additionally, the volunteers will plant native species in areas where invasive species have been removed, to help fight off the regrowth of invasive plants. Volunteers will also assist in removing invasive species from other areas.

Other events taking place April 21 include the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on the Ashland campus at 5200 Blazer Parkway and an Arbor Day event for Amberleigh neighborhood residents.

I encourage you to visit DublinOhioUSA.gov/EarthMonth to learn more and get involved.

So while you're enjoying the spring weather, look around and think about how you can do your part to ensure "Dublin is Home" to a safe, clean environment for generations to come.

Matt Earman, director of parks and recreation for the city of Dublin, submitted the City Notes column.