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The Phoenix Outdoor Program (part of College Programming and Orientation) and Chicago Outdoors (a new series from Chicago Studies and the Program on the Global Environment) are sponsoring a Campus & Community Cleanup on May 11.

Students must register for the event in advance and select a time to pick up a trash bag and gloves, both of which are compostable. Pick up will take place outside of Harper Memorial Library between 9 and 11 AM, and there are five slots for each 10 minute pick up window.

During the day, as you have time between studies and classes, you’ll take your bag and gloves (and MASK!) to pick up trash around campus, on the Midway, in Jackson Park, in Washington Park, or anywhere else you might find trash!

When you’re finished, you can drop off your trash bag at the same location between 3 and 5 PM. We will label your bag before you leave. Once all bags have been returned, we will do a weigh-in and the three people who gathered the most trash will win a house plant as a prize!

Register for the cleanup here. Questions? Email Katie Igielski Welch at

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