Campus Cleanup Day

This project was largely inspired by concerned students who wanted to take action to reduce litter and waste contamination found throughout the campus. Waste and litter deeply impact not only the students and the local environment, but also pose a threat to native wildlife as well. The Campus Cleanup is one out of several projects designed and implemented by UCSC’s student-led Zero Waste Team to promote a culture of sustainability, to provide education about waste, and to motivate students to take environmental responsibility.

The Campus Cleanup Project has traditionally been run by a committee of students organized into three smaller subcommittees: logistics, funding/purchasing, and outreach. The Campus Cleanup Committee meets weekly over a period of three to four months to discuss topics such as expenses, logistics, methods of outreach, and other needs that are crucial to the success of the event. The Campus Cleanup Project, although only a three-hour event, draws in over 150 students and members of the campus each year. During the first and second Campus Cleanups, we collected over 540 pounds of litter combined!

We also have smaller, sister college cleanups throughout the quarter. We collected 33lbs of litter at our Porter/Kresge Cleanup and 82lbs of litter collected by over 45 volunteers at our Oakes/Rachel Carson Cleanup.

Please send us an email if you would like to be a part of the Campus Cleanup Committee!

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Cowell/Stevenson Cleanup February 26th, 2017


Oakes/Rachel Carson Cleanup