Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” was a great success in 2013! Our nearly 3,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the 30 projects a great success, cleaning up 14,057 pounds of debris; planting 705 plants and 109 trees; and installing 25 gardens. Keep Virginia Beautiful would like to thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for their sponsorship of our “30 in 30″ program in 2013!
Keep America Beautiful partnered with Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) to build the “Recycle-Bowl,” a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. Students at Panther Valley Middle School in Lansford, Penn., recycled 17.6 pounds of waste per student, which is more than three times the amount of recyclables per student than the average result posted during the Recycle-Bowl competition. This achievement earned $1,000 in prize money for the school. The school collected the most material of the NWNA employee-supported schools that participated in the competition. On April 18, students were awarded this recognition by having some fun! The event included both a concert by the school band and cheerleaders, a recycling relay and a game of conservation Jeopardy.
While I Love A Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup has come and gone, one thing still remains — the community pride felt by thousands of San Diego residents who showed their support for the local environment by spending a few hours restoring it at the 11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup.
Preliminary totals from the April 27 event suggest that roughly 6,000 volunteers participated, removing more than 100,000 pounds of trash. Participants scattered across a record 90 cleanup sites countywide. From a staggering 495 volunteers at Poway Lake to a small but mighty group of six volunteers at Sunshine Park, the local environment is a lot cleaner thanks to the efforts of many. A group of 25 boaters even took to the water to clean up San Diego Bay by boat!
Coordinators kicked off the cleanup event at Grant Hill Park in Sherman Heights at 9 am on April 27. The kickoff featured many elected officials, corporate volunteer teams and members of the local community. Attendees painted park benches, trash cans, and storage sheds, as well as removed trash and stenciled storm drains with pollution prevention messages. Some of the most unusual items removed at the cleanup included a trumpet, a waterbed, and a brick of salami. Volunteers reported that the most common items collected were cigarette butts and food wrappers/packaging.
The Creek to Bay Cleanup is part of the national Great American Cleanup, organized by Keep America Beautiful. I Love A Clean San Diego is the Keep America Beautiful affiliate in San Diego County. You can learn more about I Love A Clean San Diego’s signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, at www.CreektoBay.org.