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Creek to Bay Cleanup 2015 Set to Clean Record 106 Sites Countywide PDF Print E-mail

SAN DIEGO, CA – For the first time in its history, I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, will host more than 100 inland and coastal cleanup sites simultaneously throughout San Diego County. The event, reaching from Oceanside to San Ysidro as well as Ocean Beach to Alpine, hopes to engage more than 6,000 volunteers to protect and enhance the local environment. The majority of trash originates at inland sources and for that reason, ILACSD focuses much of its efforts and cleanup sites inland (81 sites), while still maintaining a strong presence along the coast (25 sites). ILACSD encourages volunteers of all ages to participate in this one-day clean sweep, happening Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. To learn more information about the cleanup and sign up online, visit www.CreektoBay.org. As the magnitude of the Creek to Bay Cleanup has increased, ILACSD asks that each volunteer #GiveABuck For the Environment and commit to donating $1 or more at the event to help offset the cost of coordinating such a large-scale effort.

Thirteen years ago, ILACSD hosted its first Creek to Bay Cleanup with only 27 cleanup sites and 2,000 volunteers. Since then, the event has continued to grow. In 2014, ILACSD successfully mobilized more than 5,000 volunteers, despite stormy weather, to remove 100 tons of debris from their local communities during the three-hour event. The removal of trash is not the only focus of this annual event. Volunteers will also beautify and restore the local environment by way of graffiti removal, native planting, invasive plant removal and park maintenance. ILACSD hopes to engage thousands of San Diego residents to beautify and restore local bays, canyons, parks and beaches. A complete list of cleanup sites is available on the event website, www.CreektoBay.org.

In order to reduce the waste generated as part of this large-scale cleanup, ILACSD encourages volunteers to Bring Their Own Reusables. Reusable cleanup supplies include a plastic bucket, work gloves and a canteen for water. To incentivize participation among youth, ILACSD is once again hosting a Bling Your Bucket contest, where kids can decorate their own reusable plastic bucket and snap a photo using it at the cleanup. Additionally, all scout troops that participate may request patches to commemorate their volunteer efforts. ILACSD continues its partnership with Sony Electronics who sponsors the annual Creek to Bay photo contest. This year, the theme of the photo contest is “Passion in Action”, and volunteers are encouraged to document their volunteer service at Creek to Bay then submit it for voting on ILACSD’s Facebook page.

The Creek to Bay Cleanup is just one of two countywide cleanups that ILACSD hosts each year. The other, Coastal Cleanup Day, is scheduled for Saturday September 19th this year. Additionally, ILACSD coordinates a wide array of pollution prevention and beautification programs annually, mobilizing 29,000 volunteers and educating an additional 31,000 San Diegans. On average, ILACSD volunteers remove an astounding one million pounds of debris every 2-3 years.

About I Love A Clean San Diego: Celebrating more than six decades of environmental programs, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) continues to be an award-winning environmental organization serving all of San Diego County. In 2014, ILACSD was recognized as “Affiliate of the Year” by Keep America Beautiful. Through recycling, education and cleanups of the region’s most beloved areas, ILACSD provides pollution prevention programs that pave the way for a cleaner and healthier San Diego right now, and for future generations.

 
Creek to Bay Cleanup Set for Saturday, April 26 PDF Print E-mail

More than 6,000+ volunteers expected for large-scale San Diego County cleanup

SAN DIEGO – March 6, 2014 – I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, will be held Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. As part of the national Great American Cleanup, thousands of volunteers will gather at more than 90 coastal and inland sites around San Diego County to help preserve the local environment by cleaning and beautifying these outdoor areas. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to sign up online at www.creektobay.org. Registration for the Creek to Bay Cleanup begins April 1.


Twelve years ago, ILACSD hosted its first Creek to Bay Cleanup with only 27 cleanup sites and 2,000 volunteers. The event has continued to grow and is now one of the biggest cleanup events of the year in San Diego County. In 2013, approximately 6,000 volunteers removed 100 tons of debris from their local communities during the three-hour event. The removal of trash is not the only focus of this annual event. Volunteers will also perform storm drain stenciling, landscaping and graffiti removal. ILACSD hopes to engage thousands of San Diego residents to beautify and restore the local environment.


“As I Love A Clean San Diego celebrates its 60th anniversary year, it is more important than ever that our events, such as the Creek to Bay Cleanup, work to build the next generation of environmental stewards,” says Pauline Martinson, executive director, I Love A Clean San Diego. “Through these cleanup efforts, volunteers young and old will be empowered to take action in preserving our local environment.”


The Creek to Bay Cleanup is one of a handful of community engagement projects coordinated by ILACSD each year. The organization has been mobilizing volunteers around beautification and pollution prevention projects since 1954. In fact, with all ILACSD events combined, volunteers remove an astounding one million pounds of debris every two years.


At the Creek to Bay Cleanup, cleanup sites will include beaches, bays, canyons, creek beds and urban areas throughout San Diego County from Oceanside to Tijuana as well as Ocean Beach to Alpine. There is a strong emphasis on protecting inland communities and preventing marine pollution before it reaches local waterways. For a complete list of cleanup sites and to register to volunteer, visit www.CreektoBay.org after April 1.


About I Love A Clean San Diego
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is the go-to organization for programs that enhance and conserve San Diego County’s environment. Through recycling, education and cleanups of the region’s most beloved areas, ILACSD provides pollution prevention programs that pave the way for a cleaner and healthier San Diego right now, and for future generations.


In 2013, ILACSD with the support of 30,505 volunteers, removed 220 tons of debris from San Diego communities, conducted 219 cleanups and gave 600 education presentations reaching 31,000 people. ILACSD is an award-winning, environmental program innovator, with recent recognition from Keep America Beautiful. The organization’s innovative programs and initiatives prove ILACSD is a leader in the environmental movement. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit www.cleansd.org or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 
Countywide Cleanup Yields Impressive Results PDF Print E-mail

San Diego County, CA - While the 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 our local environment by spending a few hours restoring it at today's 11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup.

Preliminary totals from the event suggest that roughly 6,000 volunteers participated this morning, 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 6 volunteers at Sunshine Park, the local environment is a lot cleaner thanks to the efforts of today's participants. A group of 25 boaters even took to the water to clean up San Diego Bay by boat!

Some of the most unusual items removed at today's cleanup included:

  • A trumpet found at Cactus County Park in Lakeside (see picture attached)
  • A waterbed at Sunshine Park along Chollas Creek
  • A brick of salami from Fiesta Island

This year's Creek to Bay Cleanup was well attended by local elected officials who recognize the importance of pollution prevention measures like cleanups. San Diego City Councilmembers Mark Kersey (D5), Scott Sherman (D7), David Alvarez (D8), and Marti Emerald (D9) attended sites in their districts, along with County Supervisors Greg Cox (D1) and Dave Roberts (D3), and Congresswoman Susan Davis.

Today's kick off at Grant Hill Park in Sherman Heights featured many corporate volunteer teams as well as 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. The Creek to Bay Cleanup is part of the national Great American Cleanup organized by Keep America Beautiful. More information about this year's countywide cleanup event will be available in the coming days at www.CreektoBay.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 23:57
 
Registration Begins for Countywide Cleanup Event, Creek to Bay PDF Print E-mail

San Diego County, CA – Online volunteer registration has begun for I Love A Clean San Diego’s signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup. As part of the national Great American Cleanup, an estimated 6,000 San Diego volunteers will be needed on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00am to 12noon at 92 cleanup sites countywide. Participants will help preserve the local environment by cleaning up local outdoor areas, including beaches, bays, creeks, canyons, parks and urban areas. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate. A complete list of cleanup sites, of which 25 are coastal and 67 are inland, is available on the event website, www.CreektoBay.org.

The Creek to Bay Cleanup is one of a handful of community engagement projects coordinated by I Love A Clean San Diego each year. The organization has been mobilizing volunteers around beautification and pollution prevention projects since 1954. Just last year, ILACSD engaged 31,000 volunteers to remove 180 tons of debris from our local environment.

Sign up to clean up online at: www.CreektoBay.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:15
 
I Love A Clean San Diego and Girl Scouts Join Forces to Green San Diego County PDF Print E-mail

More than a Thousand Scouts Expected to Volunteer for Creek to Bay Cleanup

April 18, 2012 - For Immediate Release

San Diego County, CA – I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) and Girl Scouts San Diego are combining forces to celebrate Earth Month at the Creek to Bay Cleanup. Roughly 1,000 local scouts will be participating in ILACSD’s annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, scheduled for Saturday April 28th from 9am – 12noon. San Diegans of all ages are encouraged to come out and do more with their morning on April 28th by volunteering at one of the 88 cleanup sites countywide. Sign up to clean up. Visit www.CreektoBay.org today.

“We’re especially proud to partner with I Love A Clean San Diego during our 100th anniversary,” said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee C. Jacob. “Girl Scouts are committed to making the world a better place, and cleaning up our county is the perfect place to begin!” ILACSD has been offering service patches to scouts who volunteer at their cleanup events for decades, and this year is no exception. However this year ILACSD is making it more convenient and eco-friendly by allowing scout troops to request their patches online after the event.

Also new this year, I Love A Clean San Diego and Sony Electronics are hosting a photo contest, encouraging volunteers to capture of the spirit of the Creek to Bay Cleanup by submitting their best photo of volunteers in action. The top three photos will be posted on ILACSD’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/iloveacleansd) for voting May 11 – May 17. The winner will be announced on Friday May 18th and presented with a new camera, courtesy of Sony.

Ten years ago, I Love A Clean San Diego hosted its first Creek to Bay event with only 27 cleanup sites and 2,000 volunteers. More than 3,000 volunteers have already registered for this year’s event – committing to remove trash and participate in other beautification projects at 88 sites throughout San Diego County. On April 28th, I Love A Clean San Diego encourages all San Diegans to join together at the Creek to Bay Cleanup to improve the health of our environment and preserve the San Diego way of life for future generations. Consider signing up for an inland site which typically have a larger need yet receive less volunteer attention. Register today at www.CreektoBay.org and do more with your morning on April 28th!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:16
 
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