On Friday, June 10, Coleman University staff gathered to clean up Ocean Beach, one of the most popular outdoor areas in San Diego. In partnership with San Diego Coastkeeper, CU obtained all the items needed to clear the beach with the Coastkeeper’s Beach Cleanup in a Box and got to work.
“At Coleman, we are always seeking out new opportunities to volunteer in the community,” said Dennis Young, Admissions Officer, Coleman, organizer of the event. “The cleanup provided a fun way for all of us to work together and help reduce pollution at the same time.”
In addition to removing the garbage, volunteers logged their “marine debris” findings on Coastkeeper’s data sheets. Marine debris is human-created trash and litter that either deliberately or accidentally makes its way to coastlines and beaches where it can eventually enter the ocean, bays, lakes or waterways. Plastic items such as bottles, lids or utensils to glass bottles, fishing lines, styrofoam, and metal are considered marine debris. 1
Having had a successful event, CU intends to plan future beach cleanup activities.
1 Information Source: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL. Coral Reef Alliance, http://www.coral.org/node/3916