GCC is Coordinating a Spring Clean-up Crusade

All Seven Campus Locations Involved

Batavia, New York - It’s been called the flotsam and jetsam of winter. The snow is gone and left behind is a build-up of trash of all kinds, blown in from all directions and from an array of different resources. From the ubiquitous cigarette butt to the chronic beverage container or fast food wrapper, and everything in between—a season’s worth of trash is littering the edges of our highways and byways, as well as parks and public spaces.  

In honor of Earth Day, the Sustainability Committee of Genesee Community College is organizing a street or park clean-up on Thursday, May 2, 2019 during “Common Hour” which is from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All seven of GCC’s campus locations are coordinating a specific clean up event in their own community!

In addition to cleaning the shoulders of the road and/or a public space, clean-up crews will be using repurposed plastic bags as much as possible adding to the environmental friendliness of the effort. Fifty pound dog food, garden soil, grain, seed and other large size plastic bags are being sought for this cleaning crusade.

“This type of plastic bag is perfect for litter pick-up,” Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications and a member of the Sustainability Committee said. “Not only are we giving a one-use plastic bag a second purpose, but these bags are stronger, stay open better, don’t easily rip, and they are the perfect size. Try lugging a filled, 42-pound contractor bag down the road and you’ll appreciate the smaller size. Trust me on this one!”  

The following clean-up initiatives have been organized at these campus locations:

Genesee County  

  • Main Campus, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Area to be cleaned: R. Stephen Hawley Drive

Coordinator contact: Donna Rae Sutherland, dsutherland@genesee.edu, 585-343-0055 x6616

Livingston County

  • Dansville Campus Center, 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY 14437

Area to be cleaned: Outdoor common areas and parking lots

Coordinator contact: Amy Churchfield, alrigoni@genesee.edu, 585-335-7820

  • Lima Campus Center, 7285 Gale Road (Rt. 15A)  

Area to be cleaned: Outdoor common areas and parking lots

Coordinator contact: Amy Churchfield, alrigoni@genesee.edu, 585-582-1226

Orleans County

  • Albion Campus Center, 456 West Avenue, Albion, NY 14411

Area to be cleaned: Outdoor common areas and parking lots

Coordinator contact: Jim Simon, jsimon@genesee.edu, 585-589-4936

  • Medina Campus Center, 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina, NY 14103

Area to be cleaned: Outdoor common areas and parking lots

Coordinator contact: Jim Simon, jsimon@genesee.edu, 585-798-1688

Wyoming County

  • Arcade Campus Center, 25 Edward Street, Arcade, NY 14009

Area to be cleaned: Outdoor common areas and parking lots

Coordinator contact: Jessica Hibbard, jlhibbard@genesee.edu, 492-5265

  • Warsaw Campus Center, 115 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, NY 14569

Area to be cleaned: Outdoor common areas and parking lots

Coordinator contact: Jessica Hibbard, jlhibbard@genesee.edu, 585-786-3010

Community volunteers are invited to join in the clean-up crusade, and anyone who has plastic bags available for repurposing should contact either Donna Rae or the campus center closest to them. The event is happening rain or shine, and all volunteers should dress appropriately with sturdy shoes, bright clothing and “BYOWG” bring your own work or garden gloves.

For further information contact Donna Rae Sutherland at dsutherland@genesee.edu or call 585-343-0055 x 6616.

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Editor’s Note: A poster about the event at the Batavia Campus is available at: 

http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/SpringCleaning2019Flyer.pdf

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