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Duquesne tennis teams partner with chamber to clean up South Side


September 18, 2018

Duquesne University tennis teams cleaned up the approaches to the Tenth, Birmingham and Hot Metal bridges on South Side, preventing liter from entering the Monongahela River.

On September 15, Duquesne University's Director of Tennis, Vanessa Steiner, and the Duquesne University Men's and Women's Tennis Teams joined the South Side Chamber of Commerce to clean up selected areas of South Side.

The cleanup was part of the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company.

The Duquesne University community service volunteers met at the South Side Welcome Center to get their assignments and pick up their cleanup gear. They proceeded to pick up litter at the South Side approaches to the Tenth Street, Birmingham, and Hot Metal Bridges to capture litter, preventing it from ending up in the Monongahela River and the waterways beyond.

The students also spruced up S. 22nd Street for the sixth annual South Side neighborhood street party and East Carson Street as they walked from bridge to bridge. Working the bridge approaches and sidewalks, they were a fashionable clean machine in their coordinated Duquesne reds and blues.

The International Coastal Cleanup event began 32 years ago, when two women working for the Ocean Conservancy in Texas rallied communities together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash, which littered their coastlines. The annual International Coastal Cleanup has grown immensely since then, attracting volunteers from states and territories throughout the United States and in more than 100 countries.

Every year during the International Coastal Cleanup, hundreds of thousands of volunteers comb rivers, lakes, and beaches around the world for trash. In the last three decades, more than 12 million volunteers have collected over 220 million pounds of trash that otherwise could have ended up in our oceans. The September 15, 2018 International Coastal Cleanup was the world's largest volunteer effort on behalf of the health of the oceans.

The South Side Chamber of Commerce received a mini-grant through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to support this cleanup and the chamber's Clean Team.


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