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Students Honored for Clean-Up Efforts


Students Honored for Clean-Up Efforts

UC Riverside students provide up to 50 percent of the manpower for Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful city beautification events.

(October 27, 2010)

UCR's Beta Phi Delta helped to beautify freeway on/off ramps in Wards 3 and 4 in the city of Riverside. Photo courtesy of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful.Enlarge

UCR's Beta Phi Delta helped to beautify freeway on/off ramps in Wards 3 and 4 in the city of Riverside. Photo courtesy of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – One Saturday a month dozens of UC Riverside students put down their books, pens and computers, and pick up rakes, shovels and trash bags and then take to the streets to help in the city’s ongoing clean up efforts.

“They always come out in droves,” said Connie Librenjak, executive director of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB). “They really make a difference and are mentors to our community.”

In fact, said Librenjak, UC Riverside student groups and organizations provide from 30 to 50 percent of the volunteer manpower for the clean-up events, which include going out to one of the city’s seven wards once a month to pick up trash, remove illegal dumping, plant trees and eradicate graffiti.

It is for that work that KRCB and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce (GRCC) selected UC Riverside as the recipient of the annual Outstanding Litter Prevention Award, which is given for activities that change behaviors the community through litter prevention, training and development and community awareness, according to the KRCB’s website.

Librenjak said that last year UC Riverside students provided the equivalent of 1,000 workers who volunteered more than 2,300 hours. They collected 11 tons of litter and illegal dumping.

UC Riverside student groups are also very active in the city’s adopt-a-street program, said Librenjak. Through the program, participants agree to do maintenance at least six times a year on a one-mile stretch of a road or street in Riverside.

In addition to a willingness to work, the students provide a positive presence.

“One of the things we love about the UCR students is their fantastic attitude and school pride,” she said.

UC Riverside and other KRCB award recipients were recognized at a community luncheon today (Oct. 27). Student volunteer Steven Wang, a senior majoring in psychology, attended the event to accept on behalf of UC Riverside.

“This award is an honor for UCR, but most of all, it really showcases that our students,” said Susan Allen-Ortega, dean of students.

KCRB is a community program sponsored by the city of Riverside and GRCC. Among their many on-going programs are monthly clean up events, beautification awards and community recognition.









UCR's Katipunan organization during the 2010 Great American Cleanup in Riverside.<br />
Photo courtesy of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful.Enlarge

UCR's Katipunan organization during the 2010 Great American Cleanup in Riverside.
Photo courtesy of Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful.

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