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Participate in a Great American Cleanup Event Near You

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Spring into Action, Hampton Roads! Participate in a Great American Cleanup Event Near You

(Hampton Roads, Va., March 6, 2014) – Grab your work gloves, and spring into action Hampton Roads! The Great American Cleanup™ begins this month. A nationwide grassroots effort of Keep America Beautiful, the season-wide promotion, from March to May, brings together community residents and groups to beautify parks, clean up litter and waterways, host recycling collections and plant trees and flowers.

“The Great American Cleanup is not about a single day, but an entire season filled with beautification and litter cleanup projects across the nation,” said Julia B. Hillegass, askHRgreen.org team leader. “Participating is a great way for Hampton Roads residents to rid their communities of trash and litter, while greening up our shared outdoor spaces.”

From Portsmouth to Poquoson, and from Williamsburg to Isle of Wight County, cleanup projects are planned throughout the Hampton Roads region over the next three months. Organized activities run the gamut from painting walls and mending fences to planting trees and cleaning up litter. For a complete list of local cleanup events, visit askHRgreen.org.

The Great American Cleanup is the largest grassroots community involvement program in the United States. In 2012, Hampton Roads’ two-day regional cleanup event had over 1,700 volunteers at 92 sites where more than 124,000 pounds of litter and debris were picked up. In addition, 86 trees and 800 plants and shrubs were planted.

The efforts literally transformed the landscape of Hampton Roads, resulting in cleaner, more vibrant communities, according to Hillegass.

“There’s no better way to create eco-conscious residents than to help them discover the importance of our natural resources for themselves,” said Hillegass.

For information, visit askHRgreen.org/the-great-american-cleanup-2014/

About HR Green

With a focus on simple steps residents can take to find their “inner green,” HR Green is a region-wide public awareness campaign of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the 16 cities and counties it serves. The campaign is centered around www.askHRgreen.org, a central, go-to resource for everything green in Hampton Roads. Site features include pages with easy-to-use green practices to implement in your home, yard, business, community and classroom, an interactive calendar highlighting regional events and the “Let’s Talk Green” blog, written by a team of local experts who work in the region’s municipal utility and environmental divisions.