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Cleaning Up

Posted on June 4th, 2012
Volunteers pose with the impressive pile of trash they picked up along the Iowa River on Saturday, June 2.

Volunteers pose with the impressive pile of trash they picked up along the Iowa River on Saturday, June 2.

On June 2, volunteers spent a very productive morning picking up refuse along the banks of the Iowa River as it flows through the University of Iowa campus. IIHR staff member Brandon Barquist, who led the event, estimates that the group amassed more than 1,000 pounds of trash. The refuse was sorted for recyclables after collection.

The University of Iowa Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC), along with UI Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, organized the Riverwalk Clean-Up project. The volunteers collected trash along the banks of the Iowa River from the pedestrian bridge near Hancher to the railroad bridge just north of Benton Street.

Barquist says the project is part of ESAC’s commitment to community service. “As members of the university community and especially as staff of the College of Engineering, we feel a special attachment to the river and the environment we work in every day. We’re glad to have this opportunity to help make things a little better.”

Members of ESAC are elected by their co-workers to represent all staff members in the College of Engineering. ESAC was established to facilitate communication within the college, represent staff to the administration, and promote staff involvement. Organizing service projects such as this one is also part of ESAC’s mission.

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