There’s a lot to love about living in San Diego! Help protect our local environment for generations to come by supporting I Love A Clean San Diego.
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Your Donations in Action
When you donate today, you support an organization that has worked hard for almost 60 years to create an environment that values conservation, preservation and, education. Below are just some of our accomplishments in 2012.
At the 2010 Creek to Bay Cleanup, our volunteers removed their one millionth pound of trash and they haven't stopped since! Cleanups are an important part of preserving the quality of life here in San Diego. Last year, we mobilized more than 30,000 volunteers to remove 180 tons of debris from our community’s beaches, waterways, canyons, and parks. In addition to smaller monthly cleanups, ILACSD coordinates two of the largest countywide cleanup events each year, our signature event the Creek to Bay Cleanup, as well as Coastal Cleanup Day. We want to give San Diego residents various volunteer options and a better sense of how debris negatively impacts our local environment. Volunteers see first-hand how trash makes its way from inland communities all the way to the coast through San Diego County's vast watershed system.
High School Watershed Program
The waterways in San Diego County have a long history of chemical and bacterial contamination from urban runoff and industrial activities. Our high school watershed education program is designed to increase students’ knowledge of watersheds and promote behaviors that prevent storm water pollution. Presentations focus on the social and environmental connections between our community and the local creeks, rivers, bays, and ocean. Our Educators also review the latest information on the pacific garbage patch and dead zones, as well as help students identify everyday actions they can take to keep their local waterways healthy. ILACSD’s watershed presentations have shown to greatly increase student knowledge and to inspire them to behave in ways that benefit the local environment. Last year, we provided 269 high school watershed presentations, reaching over 7,700 students.
Our one stop recycling resource, WasteFreeSD.org, provides residents with information on recycling and proper disposal of hazardous items, diverting countless amounts of waste from San Diego’s landfills, and preventing illegal dumping in our communities. Last year we recieved 19,000 requests for information from local residents. From paint and batteries to wine corks and flip flops, almost anything can be recycled! Before you trash something, check out WasteFreeSD.org to see if it can be recycled or disposed of properly. Recycling these items keeps them out of our landfills and our environment.
Clean Beach Coalition
The Clean Beach Coalition places temporary trash and recycling bins on the sand in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay Park, and Pacific Beach before the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day holidays each year. They encourage individuals to be aware of, and reduce the amount of waste they make in order to make it easier to enjoy the holiday without the guilt and mess of trash littering our coastline. While the Coalition’s primary focus is on preventing littering, it also sponsors the annual “Morning After Mess” cleanup on July 5th. The Clean Beach Coalition consists of local environmental organizations, community groups, and government agencies who are dedicated to raising awareness of and preventing beach litter issues. Learn more at www.CleanBeachCoalition.org.
Education plays a large part in our mission to actively conserve and enhance the environment here in San Diego. Each year, we conduct a variety of outreach programs to educate elementary, middle, and high school youth in San Diego about properly conserving our local environment. This helps guide them in developing good habits at a young age that then become part of daily life and ultimately result in a healthier, cleaner, and more vibrant San Diego for future generations. We offer an opportunity to expand their knowledge through our nearby nature field trips, where children can better understand and value the nature surrounding them every day. Educators lead students on walking field trips to their nearest “nature” area, providing guided hikes and standards based outdoor learning activities.
Awards & Proclamations
I Love A Clean San Diego was awarded a grant from Anheuser-Busch for Litter Abatement and Recycling Activities for San Diego beaches over the 4th of July weekend 2008. ILACSD also was honored with the Keep America Beautiful Presidents Circle Recognition Award, and received a Proclamation from the City of Chula Vista for our efforts with Beautify Chula Vista Day.
2007 - Beautify Chula Vista Day, City of Chula Vista
2008 - E-Waste Recycling Day, County of San Diego - Supervisor Greg Cox
2009 - Coastal Cleanup Day, City of San Diego - Faulconer & Hueso
2009 - Coastal Cleanup Day, County of San Diego - Supervisor Pam Slater-Price
2010 - Day Without a Bag, County of San Diego - Supervisor Pam Slater-Price
2011 - Earth Day, County of San Diego - Supervisor Bill Horn
2011 - Creek to Bay Cleanup, City of San Diego - Lightner
2012 - Cigarette Litter Prevention Program - Keep America Beautiful