Goodwin and CTRA Collaborate on Source-to-Sea Cleanup
On September 26, Goodwin College and the Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) hosted a Source-to-Sea Cleanup in conjunction with Green Apple Day.
The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system — rivers, streams, shorelines, parks, boat launches, trails, and more. Every fall, thousands, of all ages and abilities, volunteer along the four-state watershed (New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut) to clean on foot or by boat.
The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments. Goodwin and CTRA celebrated this day by getting involved in cleaning the body of water that borders their buildings.
The mantra of the day was: the choices we make have an impact. Students were able to learn about the effects of pollution and how they can make a positive impact on the environment. They were given multiple way to actively participate, and consultants of the original design of the CTRA building spoke to students about its unique environmental features.
On September 27, Goodwin College continued the cleanup with volunteers from Pratt & Whitney, CME, GEI Inc., and UIL. Over the course of two days, a total of 51 people volunteered their time and effort.
“We do these cleanup events to focus on improving water quality in the river and removing the trash sitting on the top. This is the fourth year we’ve participated and we’ve made major progress,” noted Bruce Morton, Environmental Studies Program Director.
Community service, camaraderie, and greater environmental awareness are just a few of the reasons that people volunteer.
“Getting involved in the community is part of what we’re about at Goodwin,” Morton stated.
By: Hannah Stacy