Community Cleanup Day

Event

University students, St. Andrews-Sewanee students, and community members are encouraged to gather for litter pick-up on Saturday, April 20. Titled “Hearts, Hands, and Headwaters,” the event will be the kick-off for Earth Week, and the goals will be both aesthetic and ecological, getting plastics and other trash off our roadways and out of our waterways. This is the first annual event that honors the late Prof. Arthur Knoll, who organized annual community clean-ups for many years. 

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the University cornerstone in Louisiana Circle, which is the point where the three main watersheds that drain the campus meet. After orientation, the group will fan out for trash pick-up along streets and streams and in woodlands within the three watersheds: Boiling Fork (Hawkins Cove), Mud Creek (Alto), and Lost Creek (Lost Cove). 

After 9 a.m., volunteers rising a little later can go to the parking lot behind Fulford Hall to pick up materials and get assignments. Each cleanup site will have an on-site coordinator. 

After the morning’s work, everyone is encouraged to meet at noon at McClurg Dining Hall for a picnic lunch, provided at a special reduced price. Chef Rick and crew will be serving Impossible Burgers (Vegan), local grass-fed beef hamburgers from Double Tree Farms, whole wheat buns, condiments, tossed green salad sourced locally and from the University Farm, truffle garlic fries, and Planet Earth cupcakes. 

The Bazzania Girls Band will provide music. Professor Martin Knoll, accompanied by Mother Earth, will be the MC. Prizes will be awarded for most trash collected, most unusual item collected, youngest and oldest participants, best get-up, and more. 

The grand finale, scheduled for 1 p.m., will be a group photo of volunteers with the day’s haul. 

Organizations and groups teaming up to make this event possible include the Sewanee Community Council, the Office of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Sustain Sewanee, Sewanee Headwaters Initiative, Civic Engagement, Greek Life, and Facilities Management.

Participants are encouraged to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves. In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be 2 p.m., Sunday, April 28. For more information, contact <marypriestley@bellsouth.net>.