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Prince George’s County’s First “Clean Up, Green Up” Beautifies and Unites Communities
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Prince George’s County’s First “Clean Up, Green Up” Beautifies and Unites Communities

 

The following information was sent to us by Scott L. Peterson:

 

On Saturday, October 22, 2011, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and thousands of other Prince George’s County residents rolled up their sleeves and picked up supplies and got to work on the County’s first “Clean Up, Green Up” project.

 

“Clean Up, Green Up” was conceived as an opportunity for citizens to have a hand in the beautification of their communities. The initiative encouraged residents to join together to complete a number of individual neighborhood projects, such as planting trees, bulbs, and shrubs and cleaning up trash. The County provided free plants, planting materials and litter collection supplies to participants, and the County Executive visited and volunteered at a number of “Clean Up, Green Up” projects, including a tree planting in Fort Washington, a community clean-up in Capitol Heights, and a bulb planting in Adelphi. 

 

An estimated 2,500 volunteers took part in “Clean Up, Green Up” activities, covering 150 sites throughout the County. In total, participants installed: 7,200 plants, 1,500 trees, 5,000 flowering perennials and ornamental grasses, 25,000 spring flowering bulbs (Daffodils) and 700 shrubs. Volunteers also removed 16.54 tons of trash from worksites.

 

Over 100 community organizations, schools and businesses partnered with the Prince George’s County Government, Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful, Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Maryland State Highway Administration and the Neighborhood Design Center to coordinate planting and cleaning in participating neighborhoods. 

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