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LisMats18 Grayslake picks up trash College Lake County campus Grayslake during an Earth Day cleanup hosted by Environmental Club. |

Lisa Matson, 18, of Grayslake picks up trash at the College of Lake County campus in Grayslake during an Earth Day cleanup hosted by the Environmental Club. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

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FREE EARTH-WEEK EVENTS AT CLC

Monday — A presentation on green roofs and rooftop gardens at noon

Tuesday — An interactive class on biodiversity at 11 a.m.

Wednesday — A climate change presentation at noon

Thursday — A program called “Snakes Alive!” featuring real snakes in the evening

Thursday — A daylong food fair, including a local farmer’s market from 3-5 p.m.

For more information on the programs, call Kelly Cartwright at (847) 543-2792. For questions specific to the food fair, call Gianna Faziola at (847) 543-2632.

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Updated: June 21, 2013 2:19AM



College of Lake County student volunteers gave Mother Nature a hand in greening up the Grayslake campus on Saturday with a garbage and recycling clean-up to kick off the school’s Earth Week activities.

About 25 volunteers, most members of the school’s Environmental Club or environmental biology students, patrolled the sunny but soggy campus to get rid of discarded cans and bottles, trash, and hundreds upon hundreds of cigarette butts.

Areas like the school’s butterfly garden, marsh and prairie were among those targeted.

“I just like to look at nature, and don’t want to see trash in it. It’s so upsetting and disgusting,” said Donya Buglio, a freshman from Libertyville, in explaining her reasons for coming out Saturday morning.

Sponsoring the cleanup was the school’s Environmental Club, which uses its funds to provide collection bags and plastic gloves for volunteers.

Kelly Cartwright, a member of the CLC biology faculty and Earth Week coordinator, said the Environmental Club is a small but dedicated group of students that in addition to performing service projects and participating in activities such as nature hikes, has become involved with Earth Week programs for the school.

“We meet once a week to decide what we want to do,” said club member Maya Bar-Zvi, a sophomore from Wauconda. “I’ve always been interested in the environment and I take environmental biology.”

Bar-Zvi, who was helping to clean up in front of the C Wing building on Saturday, where the club maintains the butterfly garden, said the club also works with the Terra Cycle company to collect recyclable items such and candy wrappers and juice boxes that the company uses to manufacture new products.

Many of the volunteers Saturday morning said they work to promote and support recycling.

“I am an insane recycler. My mom gets mad at me because I try to get her to recycle and wash out jars and stuff,” said Brianna Lasseter, a business administration major from Round Lake who was helping with Saturday’s clean-up. “I want to help work on saving resources.”

Dawn Jespersen, a sophomore from Grayslake, brought her daughter Elle, a student at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, to join her in pitching in on the campus project Saturday. “It’s just an opportunity to do something. It’s Earth Week and it’s an opportunity to be a model for the kids,” she said.

While Monday is officially Earth Day, CLC has several Earth Week programs throughout the coming week at the Grayslake campus that are free and open to the public, Cartwright said.

They include a presentation on green roofs and rooftop gardens Monday at noon, an interactive class on biodiversity Tuesday at 11 a.m., a climate change presentation Wednesday at noon, a program called “Snakes Alive!” featuring real snakes Wednesday evening and a daylong food fair Thursday including a local farmer’s market from 3-5 p.m.

For more information on the programs, call Kelly Cartwright at (847) 543-2792. For questions specific to the food fair, call Gianna Faziola at (847) 543-2632.



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