Memphis Clean by 2019 and Clean Memphis Celebrate Earth Day 30 Days Straight

Release date: 3/28/2016

Memphis, Tenn.— Memphis Clean by 2019 and Clean Memphis are celebrating Earth Day 30 Days Straight in the month of April. While Earth Day is nationally celebrated on one day (April 22nd), we are celebrating all month with clean-ups throughout the city during the week and on the weekends. Businesses, neighborhoods, non-profits, and community centers are all pitching in to host clean-ups. 22 large-scale cleanup projects are scheduled so far with more being added each week.  Additionally, there will be four environmental education fairs, service learning projects for 12 area schools, park projects, garden plantings and more. Last year this effort removed over 100 tons of litter from Memphis streets.

This is part of an on-going effort the Memphis Clean by 2019 initiative is working on to rid the city of trash and blight by 2019, the city’s bicentennial. Memphis Clean by 2019 is a moon mission of the Chairman’s Circle, a business leadership group formed by the Greater Memphis Chamber.
 
“It’s exciting to see the response we have received from people all over the city who want to pitch in and take ownership of their neighborhoods and around their businesses to make Memphis a place where we all want to live and work,” said Shea Flinn, Sr. Vice President, Chairman’s Circle.
 
Clean Memphis has the lead role for grassroots engagement for Memphis Clean by 2019 and coordinated the clean-up events with each organization and neighborhood for April.
 
“I am very happy with the response we have received from the business community, neighborhood leaders, schools, churches and other nonprofits.  There is a growing sense of connectivity through the Memphis Clean initiative,” said Janet Boscarino, Executive Director, Clean Memphis/Project Green Fork.
 
Memphis Clean by 2019 and Clean Memphis work with community leaders in neighborhoods to engage their neighbors, schools, churches and businesses. Soulsville is one of the communities participating and will be hosting a clean-up on April 9th.
 
“Soulsville, USA is a place where residents take pride in their community and have taken ownership for what happens in our neighborhood. The Blight Team is an example of residents organizing themselves to address a major concern impacting the entire community.  That is why on April 9th, we will collaborate with community partners - schools, churches, neighborhood organizations - to clean up the blight in our neighborhood.  We are so excited about this initiative, because we realize, that our neighborhood is our responsibility,” said Rebecca Hutchinson, Soulsville USA Site Director.
 
Volunteers can sign up for any of the Clean-Ups posted on CleanMemphis.org.
 
If anyone, individuals or businesses want to get more involved in the Memphis Clean by 2019 efforts, please contact Janet Boscarino with Clean Memphis at janet@cleanmemphis.org.
 
 
The Chairman’s Circle is a leadership body created to engage Memphis business leaders on a variety of issues that affect Memphis and the Mid-South. The group’s intention is to cause transformational change through leadership working closely with civic partners and public officials.   
 
The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,100 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.
 
Clean Memphis is a nonprofit organization.  Its mission is to engage every citizen in making Memphis and Shelby County Clean, Green and Environmentally Sustainable.  Founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens, Clean Memphis works with neighborhoods organizations, churches, schools and corporate teams to achieve this mission.  Clean Memphis programs include: Sustainable Schools Challenge, Community Partnership/Memphis Clean by 2019 lead community agency and Project Green Fork.

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