Monday, September 28

Brookdale Newsroom

Clubs Scrub Campus for Earth Day

While classroom discussions and long-range projects are vital components of a global environmental awareness effort, sometimes you just have to get your hands dirty.

On April 21 more than 150 students, faculty and staff did just that, pitching in together for the college’s annual campus cleanup, sponsored by the College Action Team for Sustainability (CATS), the Environmental Club, and Student Life and Activities.

Attendees volunteered their college hour to stop by the Student Life Center, pick up a trash grabber, gloves and a garbage bag, and fan out across the Lincroft campus. Groups of students, athletic teams and even full classes scoured parking lots, sidewalks and shrubs for every last bit of trash.

Afterward, participants took advantage of a wide range of activities on the SLC patio, including an organic bake sale hosted by the Environmental Club, henna tattoos, and a station where attendees could build their own mini terrariums.

Brookdale student Ray McMullen participates in the Campus Cleanup April 21.

Brookdale student Ray McMullen participates in the Campus Cleanup April 21.

“It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day,” said Lauren Brutsman, assistant director of Student Life and Activities. “It’s so inspiring to see students come out, volunteer their time and help the community.”

While the project may have made only a small, local impact, student Ben Laskodi said any step is a step in the right direction.

“I really enjoy doing work like this,” said Ben Laskodi. “I’m already doing a project in my environmental science class where I have to clean up around my neighborhood. I’m probably going to continue it afterward because it makes the community better.”

Learn how to get involved on campus by visiting the Office of Student Life and Activities webpage.

Check out more photos of the cleanup here.

ARTICLE BY: Michael O’Hara, college relations intern.