The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
The second largest volunteer cleanup effort of its kind in the world
Vancouver, B.C. (September 24, 2007) ó FDU-Vancouver volunteered as a site coordinator for the event Staff, faculty and students taking part in the Cleanup efforts Saturday, September 22.
As a university founded on the concept of global education, FDU-Vancouver instills the value of world citizenship so students see how they can affect, and are affected, by the world. Community service is one of the more important efforts FDU students are committed to.
One of the most effective ways to create change is by acting locally. FDU-Vancouverís inaugural class chose to act locally by volunteering to be a site coordinator for second largest environmental cleanup event in the world, the Great Canadian Coastal Cleanup. The cleanup held on Saturday, September 22nd, was not only a conservation initiative but functioned as a vehicle for world-wide environmental research.
FDU-V students, staff, and faculty partnered with the local Yaletown Rotary Club to create the 2007 False Creek, Science World Clean up crew. Joining the crew were members of our language partner community, in addition to Free Geek Technology Vancouver and other local volunteers. Despite the clouds the FDU-Vancouver Clean up Crew recovered bags of garbage and recyclables leaving the False Creek Shoreline clean in just a few hours.
"For our first community service event it was a huge success. It brought FDU one step closer to the community," commented Rajdeep Gill, SGA Vice President.
FDU Vancouver offers a special thanks to all those who volunteered their time, and to the Richmond and North Surrey Home Depot, who generously donated supplies.
For more information contact Neil Mort, Director of Enrollment and Student Services at 604 682 8112.
About the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Coordinated nationally by the Vancouver Aquarium, The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup takes place in every province and territory the third week of every September. The goal is to provide Canadians with the means and the momentum to get outside and make a positive impact to their local environment, while contributing to a national and an international effort to keep our oceans and waterways clean.
This year's national shoreline cleanup takes place September 15-23, which coincides with the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Of approximately 90 participating countries, Canada holds the second largest cleanup in the world.
More than just a program to pick up trash, participants in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup also take inventory of the litter items they collect. All data recorded across the country is returned to the Vancouver Aquarium for tallying, and tallied data is sent to the International Coastal Cleanup to be added to the worldwide results. These results will be used to help pinpoint the causes and identify the most effective solutions to litter-related issues.