Making a Cleaner, Greener Community

April 25, 2015: Earth Day

Being green is important to us Ducks, and not just because of our school spirit. We respect nature and keep our community clean. As demonstration of this, on our Spring Day of Service, 221 students partnered with six community-based organizations—FOOD for Lane County, Eugene Park Stewards, Nearby Nature, Edison Elementary, Friends of Trees, and Central Presbyterian Church—to participate in projects that made our community a bit cleaner and greener. Some of the activities included: Rebarking and weeding a wildflower trail along Fairmount Boulevard; collecting 36 bags of litter in west campus; planting 36 trees in the nearby community; removing 200 pounds of litter from the Frohnmayer Bridge and Whilamut Gateway paths; spreading 100 wheelbarrows of compost over two large garden plots and weeding four garden beds at a local garden; and clearing out a 1,000-foot area of brush and filling it with mulch in Washburne Park. All of theses projects helped sustain and enhance beautiful outdoor spaces surrounding the UO campus. Our Ducks took an active role in making our community a better and greener place. And this is what it means to be a Duck.