Brock University and Niagara College Team up to Host a Virtual Spring Clean-Up 

Blog Contributor: Shannon Ruzgys

Brock University and Niagara College have joined forces to host a virtual spring cleanup from Saturday, April 17th to Sunday, April 25th, 2021. The institutions have also created a virtual cleanup toolkit in order to engage and empower the community to join along.  

With global issues such as climate change, it is easy to feel a sense of hopelessness about the environment. Taking action by cleaning up your local community is a way to be an advocate for sustainability, while also creating a sense of hope that small actions can help target big issues. The goal of the toolkit is to empower individuals to make a difference within their communities by providing them with resources to safely host their own virtual clean-up anywhere, anytime!   

How do I sign up for the virtual clean-up?

Click this link to sign up via Experience BU and participate anytime between Saturday, April 17th to Sunday, April 25th 

Why should I join or host a virtual clean-up?

  • Spending time outdoors and engaging in conservation activities can help foster a connection to local communities and ecosystems. 
  • There is a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced negative emotions including anxiety, depression, and irritability as well as headaches and indigestion (Ontario Parks, 2020) 
  • You can help better your own local community and make a difference for the environment. 
  • Become aware of the garbage that is most common in your own community and help spread awareness. 
  • Students can help fulfil volunteer hours for the WWF-Canada Living Planet Leader Certification

What is in the virtual clean-up toolkit?

There are currently three guides available: for students, for community members, and for organizations. Each guide provides unique resources for the respective group.  

The Student Guide Includes:

  • Resources about how your participation in the virtual clean-up can contribute towards your Living Planet Leader Certification  
  • A list of tips to help you get started with your own virtual clean-up 
  • COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.  
  • A virtual clean-up checklist 

 If you have any questions about how to join or host a virtual clean-up, please reach out to sustainability@brocku.ca