Friday, March 6, 2015

Clean Up the Lake! UNO Honors Council Makes Plans to Celebrates “Earth Month”

The University of New Orleans Honors Council spearheads "2015 Clean Up the Lake!" an "Earth Month" effort to clean up and beautify an area of campus that lies along Lake Pontchartrain.Every spring, the UNO Honors Council sponsors an all-hands "Clean Up the Lake!" event, an effort to celebrate "Earth Month" and to clean up and beautify the area of campus that lies along Lake Pontchartrain. This year's event is slated for Friday, Feb. 10. Student organizations and volunteers of all kind are encourage to participate.

Clean up the Lake! The University of New Orleans Honors Council is now planning its annual lakefront beautification event and seeking help from volunteers and student organizations.

Join us!

UNO Honors Council hosts its annual "Clean Up the Lake! Event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015. All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate.

Represent! Student organizations wishing to make a showing at this lakefront beautification effort, should contact Emily Brocato, ebrocato@uno.edu in advance

The UNO Honors Council will sell official 'Clean the Lake' T-shirts for $13; Those interested should please email Emily Brocato ebrocato@uno.edu.

“We all enjoy Lake Pontchartrain — whether it is to walk on the levee, fish or hang out with friends,” said Emily Brocato, UNO Honors Council member. “It is important that we keep this area clean, not only for the community, but for the livelihood of the environment. It is the best way to celebrate Earth Month!”

Every spring the Honors Council hosts a “Clean Up the Lake!” event in an effort to do something positive for the campus and environment while building a spirit of camaraderie. This year’s event is slated from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 10. The UNO Honors Council will provide all necessary supplies -- trash bags, gloves, grabbers -- and will supply free pizza after the event to all volunteers.

The event is sponsored by the UNO Honors Council and all students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate, Brocato said. Students will have the opportunity to receive service hours for the event; the Honors Council will provide the appropriate form.

Brocato said she hopes that some of the University's 140-plus student organizations will help the Honors Council to take up this important mission.

“The more participants, the better!” Brocato said. “We will spread out across the lake/levy area in front of UNO and pick up litter in effort to keep our lake front looking clean and beautiful."

Dress is casual, Brocato said, reminding participants to wear clothes that can get dirty. The group will meet in front of the University's Earl K. Long Library and then head out to clean the area of campus that lies along Lake Pontchartrain.

At the annual "Clean Up the Lake!" event, everyone pitches in and has fun.