Close to 200 volunteers participate in York clean-up

York’s Keele and Glendon campuses are cleaner and fresher today thanks to the efforts of volunteers who participated in the City of Toronto’s 20-Minute Makeover on Friday in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day.

Some 188 volunteers scoured the Assiniboine and Passy Gardens Sportsfield, the Arboretum, the Boyer Woodlot, the Danby Woods and the Boynton Woods on the Keele campus, as well as all around Glendon campus.

“This was a fantastic turn-out, more than double from last year,” says Nicole Arsenault, manager of Transportation & Student Services. “Sports & Recreation had a large turn-out. They had about 50 people and it was great to see their team spirit as many of them even had their York attire on.”

Above: A slide show of some of the 188 volunteers who came out last Friday to clean up Keele and Glendon campuses

What volunteers found sometimes surprised them. One found a disintegrating 1,000-dollar bill amid the garbage. Another found an intact 20-dollar bill. Someone else came across a road sign in their clean-up travels.

As an added incentive this year, Food Services sponsored the event, giving out $2 YU cards good at several of the on-campus retailers to many of this year’s participants.

The event was organized by Campus Services & Business Operations.

For more information, visit the City of Toronto’s 20-Minute Makeover website. For further earth-friendly initiatives, visit the Yorkwise website.