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Fall 2012 Redd Up reports

Fall 2012 Redd Up efforts proved as successful as ever. We're getting a number of reports and photos back from the field. Want to include your group's efforts in our round up? Email us!

Banksville Road

Carol Knox writes:

The Blitz on Banksville Beautification crew were lovely girls (plus one young man and John), and did a bang-up job helping us to beautify the highway as usual. Thanks again for all you do, and for a wonderful, productive day with super students.

Photos are available.

Brighton Heights

Timothy Maloney reports back:

We had 23 Pitt students, 6 students from Pressley Ridge School, 8 kids from Allegheny Charter School, 1 Cyber School student and approximately 10 neighborhood volunteers. We worked from 9-2 and we were able to get a lot accomplished! The only thing that would have been nice to see is more folks from our neighborhood involved.

Photos here.


Keith Knecht, Vice President of South Pittsburgh Development Corporation, writes:

Brookline's fall clean-up was given a turbo-charger of youthful enthusiasm through the Pitt Make a Difference Day in which 40 college students and ten community volunteers teamed up and picked up 45 large bags of trash, 3 huge blue bags of recyclables and about a dozen tires (photos here and here).

The students were very enthusiastic, friendly and worked hard. They really loved the free coffee and pastries and after the clean up relaxed for a half an hour in the coffee shop and wolfed down some awesome pie from Brookline's own Antonio's Pizza.

Special thanks to our fine boulevard businesses: Cannon Coffee, Party Cake Bakery and Antonio's Pizza for supplying the troops with caffeine, pastries and pizza! Thanks to the University of Pittsburgh and our stalwart community volunteers.

Connoquenessing Creek

Christina Handley, President of Allegheny Aquatic Alliance, writes:

Thank you for your support and help with our first cleanup of Connoquenessing Creek. The first time I went kayaking down this creek, I couldn?t believe my eyes. I have never seen a waterway that was consumed with so much garbage! It was that day that I realized action needed to be taken. Only one year later, our community was able to achieve that action. The massive amount of garbage that we removed together is astounding! In just 6 hours, we were able to remove 578 tires out of this precious waterway. Out of the tire total, 489 were standard vehicle tires, 63 were semi-truck tires, 22 were rimmed tires, 3 were skid loader tires, and 1 tractor tire. We removed 12,260 pounds of garbage and 16,613 pounds of recyclable scrap metal. Our grand total weight of all removed pollution was 54,873 pounds! These numbers show that when a community comes together, we can accomplish anything. I am so proud of our results and never imagined we would be so successful our first time. With each year, our efforts will bring us closer to restoring this natural resource back to its beautiful, healthy state. A goal that is worth working hard for! Again, thank you for your time, energy, and support. WE ALL DID A GREAT THING and we should each take a moment to really recognize our success; for our water, our community, and ourselves.

In addition, I am still inviting and encouraging any monetary donations. The success of this cleanup required more money than our organization was able to raise, therefore, I have had to pay for some expenses out of personal funds. Any donations would really help and assure the future success of the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup Project.


The students were great this year! I had one team helping me clean up Kite Hill in Garfield. They were dedicated and hard working. One student in particular, Hope, was really great at keeping the other students motivated. It was such an asset to have so many hands to help out. We were prepping the park for a Family Day on Nov. 3, so it really made a difference that we could get this work done.


Joe Kauer, Heidelberg's borough manager, writes:

Through the generosity of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and with the help of the University of Pittsburgh, the members of Heidelberg Borough Council and Mayor planted street trees along West Railroad Street on Saturday, 10/20/12. We thank everyone for their hard work; as this project really turned out amazing, and it will leave a long-lasting positive impact on our community!

Middle Hill District

44 Pitt students and staff teamed up with 17 Macedonia Church volunteers to pick up over 100 bags of trash, 15 tires and one propane tank. Michele Rone Cooper, Executive Director of McAuley Ministries, writes:

This is truly a team effort. We are grateful for the support and advocacy. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Pitt volunteers.

Photos from the event are available.

North Versailles/McKeesport

See this Trib article for a rundown of the cleanup in several East Allegheny communities.

Schenley Heights

45 Pitt volunteers teamed up with neighborhood members to pick up a total of 66 bags of litter. Photos from the cleanup are available.


See this article in the Plum-Oakmont Patch on Verona's fall cleanup efforts.

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