Volunteer Spotlight: Carly Gagen-Cheeney

This month, ILACSD would like to recognize Carly Gagen-Cheeney for her great effort at the Creek to Bay Cleanup and her eagerness to help during the storm drain stenciling project. Carly began volunteering with ILACSD to connect her knowledge of storm drains from her Public Works background and passion for the environment.

In addition to stenciling, Carly and her group took it a step further to identify specific drains that were unmarked on maps. When she completed stenciling, she was ready to help remove trash from Mountain View Park, which totaled over 4,000 lbs. of trash!

Thank you again, Carly, for your dedication to beautifying San Diego one drain at a time!

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2015 Volunteer Statistics

Volunteers perform a valuable service to ILACSD, and are instrumental in achieving our mission, helping us to raise public awareness throughout the community. ILACSD would like to thank all the volunteers who donate their time to ensure the health and safety of our environment.

In 2015, 32,000 volunteers successfully removed 464,549 pounds of debris from local beaches, bays, creeks and canyons - which equivalent to the weight of 42 adult elephants! Read on to learn more about our totals in the following activities:

  • 8,984 volunteers participated in the Adopt-A-Beach program countywide.
  • 1,547 volunteers stenciled 1,067 drains within the community.
  • 30,000 individuals education through our environmental education programs
  • Volunteers and interns staffed environmental education events and booths, helped with administrative tasks and event preparation in the ILACSD office, and much more.
Great work!

Join our Clean Committee!

Have you heard about our Clean Committee? It's a great way to not only learn more about ILACSD, but each member dedicates their time to a specific project to support our staff and goals.

Two of our committee members Travis, a Senior Analyst at Cassidy Turley and Eleutario, a Chemist at the City of San Diego have helped us out immensely! Travis volunteers his GIS (Geographic Information Systems) skills to help us share our impact through mapping; his project will be featured in our upcoming annual report, coming soon! Our second committee member, Eleuterio led a cleanup Lake Murray last year for the 30th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. He organized 101 volunteers & who removed 130 pounds of debris!

Although the two projects are different, each helps support our mission to protect San Diego’s natural environment. If you're interested in putting your skills to use for a cleaner San Diego, check out our Clean Committee flyer.

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Would you like to volunteer and be a part of I Love A Clean San Diego?  If so, check out our calendar for current cleanups.

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