Penn Community, United By Blue Partner to Clean Up Area Waterways in Year of Water Service Opportunity

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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422September 16, 2010

 

WHAT:            Six volunteer clean-up sessions of the Schuylkill and Delaware waterways are planned as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s observance of the Year of Water.

                        Each year, the provost’s office at Penn sponsors a series of events around a theme chosen by faculty, staff and students.  The 2010-11 academic year is devoted to an exploration of water in all its manifestations.

WHO:              Volunteers, sponsored by various Penn student, staff and academic groups, along with representatives of organic clothing manufacturer United By Blue, will remove trash from riverside parks and other waterway areas.

WHEN:            Beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, and continuing daily at various times through Friday, Sept. 24

WHERE:            Sunday’s group will leave by bus from 37th and Spruce streets and travel to Neshaminy State Park, along the Delaware River.

DETAILS:            Winners will be announced for various accomplishments, including the most interesting piece of trash and most pounds collected, at a reception for all participants at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24.

                        When student environmental groups from Penn and other campuses teamed up with UBB for a cleanup of the Schuylkill River in April, 631 pounds of trash was collected.

A complete schedule is available at http://www.upenn.edu/about/spotlights_river_rescue.php

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