It’s hard to believe that 2012 is more than halfway over! In just the first 6 months of the year, the I Love A Clean San Diego team has already scoured the county, educating and cleaning up with one goal in mind: protecting our local environment.
The ILACSD staff has been working hard to educate San Diegans all over the county about the importance of protecting our local environment. From Pacific Beach Elementary School where students learned about ocean conservation, to four schools in Lemon Grove who participated in our hands-on watershed education presentations, our Educators have given over 240 presentations to almost 21,000 San Diego residents already in 2011! How do we know it’s working? 73% of the high school students who received our education presentations showed an increase in knowledge afterwards. That means the next generation knows what to do to keep San Diego clean long into the future and more importantly, they want to do it.
Our Educators aren’t the only ones taking environmental awareness on the road, our Community Events team continued to reach new communities through our signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, and engage volunteers each month at smaller local cleanups in both inland and coastal areas. The result? 178,000 pounds of trash and debris that was sitting in local creeks, canyons, parks and on the beach, is now out of our environment. Which means our water is cleaner, and the areas you love to play in are safer for you, your family and all the amazing creatures that also call San Diego home.
It doesn’t matter if you live in Santee or Ocean Beach, Oceanside or Chula Vista, we are all connected by the environment and can all do things in our everyday lives to help protect the San Diego way of life we know and love. Whether you volunteer or donate (or both!), you’re helping us do great things to keep all of San Diego clean.
Check out our 2011 Annual Report to learn more about how our programs are reaching into communities across San Diego County.