April 24, 2020
Every year, the HighPoint team chooses a different stretch of road near our offices to clean up for Earth Day. It’s one of our favorite annual traditions. The cleanup is part of a program sponsored by OCRRA, which provides materials and special pickup sites around the county to encourage participation. Sadly, this year’s event was cancelled as part of OCRRA’s efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But we decided that the cleanup is important to all of us, so we did a socially-distanced version on our own!
This week, we grabbed our masks, gloves, and a couple trash bags, and each set out to pick up trash in our neighborhoods. Sarah cleaned up Johnson Park in Liverpool, Joe tackled his block of Tipp Hill, and Pat picked up trash with his family in North Syracuse. AJ and Chelsea, who were in the office Friday, went about clearing either side of Baird Street in Minoa. We’re glad we were able to keep this tradition alive. Hopefully next year we’ll be back as a group and able to observe the second part of our Earth Day tradition – enjoying some pizza and beer together at Trappers II!
If you have recommendations for a good cleanup spot for next year, we’d love to hear from you!
This year marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! ” On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the street, college campuses, and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Earth Day is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event and it led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Endangered Species Acts.”