The Dernogalizer

January 19, 2010

Picking up America

Filed under: environment — Matt Dernoga @ 1:03 am

UMD for Clean Energy alum and friend Davey Rogner is a couple of months away from embarking on a walk across America to pick up trash along the way.  Alright, there’s a little more to it than that!  Here is a cross-post from the blog for Davey’s non-profit, The Harvest Collective, explaining his initiative “Pick up America”.  More information to follow in the future.

Executive Summary

Pick Up America is a local, regional and nationwide initiative committed to reducing plastic waste in our communities and waterways. The Pick Up America team will coordinate community trash clean-ups while walking across the country to encourage alternatives to our nation’s throwaway mentality. We’ll document our encounters and experiences through our multimedia website and online social networks. The year-and-a-half-long trek will span 13 states from Assateague Island, MD, (March 20, 2010) to the San Francisco Bay, CA (August 2011).

Mission Statement

The mission of Pick Up America is to pick up trash across the country and inspire a transition to a zero-waste economy.


The success of our mission depends on our ability to develop common objectives within the communities we visit along the route. The cross country journey is intended to inspire a prolonged effort to minimize the waste generated in The United States of America. Our main objectives are to:

  1. Coordinate community and roadside trash clean-ups.
  2. Provide informational workshops to educational institutions.
  3. Provide local businesses with methods for reducing landfill-bound waste.
  4. Empower individuals to use alternatives to non-reusable, harmful plastics.
  5. Collaborate with regional legislators to implement laws that: ·phase out the use of plastic bags · discourage the sale of single-serve bottled water
  6. Pressure industry to create standards that eliminate excessive packaging.

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