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Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful this Spring

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Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful this Spring By Joining the Great American Cleanup!
Lend a hand with cleanup and green up events in your community

(Hampton Roads, Va., March 4, 2013) – Plans for this year’s Great American CleanupTM are underway, and and regional event organizers have designated not just a day or weekend, but the entire spring season, for the task of cleaning up and greening up Hampton Roads.

“The Great American Cleanup will be celebrated from March through May in Hampton Roads, and we hope everyone—individuals, families, school groups, clubs and civic organizations—will pick a project and participate,” said team member Laurie Halperin.

From school yard beautification projects to litter pickups and recycling events, there will be something for everyone, according to Halperin, who is the recycling and beautification coordinator for York County. Cleanup events, from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, will be posted over the next three months to Check the site frequently!

A Keep America Beautiful initiative, the Great American Cleanup is the largest grassroots community involvement program in the United States. Last year, Hampton Roads’ two-day regional cleanup event had over 1,700 volunteers at 92 sites where they picked up more than 124,000 pounds of litter and debris and planted 86 trees and over 800 plants and shrubs. The results were “transformational,” according to Halperin.

“The idea is to connect Hampton Roads volunteers with projects that will help transform their communities into clean, green spaces,” said Halperin. “We know this year will be even better than last, so grab your work gloves and join us!”

About is your go-to resource for all things green in Hampton Roads— from recycling tips and pointers for keeping local waterways clean to water-saving ideas and simple steps to make local living easy on the environment. Launched in 2011, the region-wide public awareness and education campaign is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and powered by the following members: The cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; and HRSD. Like on facebook, follow on Twitter, tune in to YouTube and catch the “Let’s Talk Green” blog, written by a team of local experts.