News Release
City Services

March 16, 2012

Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Announces 2012 Clean & Green Citywide Beautification Effort

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation invites residents and community groups to volunteer to help revitalize their neighborhoods by participating in the 2012 Clean and Green citywide beautification effort on Saturday, April 21.

“For more than two decades, Chicagoans have come together to help make a difference in their neighborhood through the Clean and Green program,” said Thomas G. Byrne, commissioner, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.  “By volunteering for just a few hours to assist with tasks like raking leaves, weeding, or removing litter that has accumulated during the winter, residents will not only help take care of Chicago’s magnificent landscape, but foster community pride.”

Community groups who wish to participate are asked to identify a worksite and contact 311 to register. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation can provide the brooms, rakes, shovels and bags needed to get the job done.

Individuals who wish to participate can also call 311 to be referred to Clean and Green activities in their area. Anyone interested in participating in the program is encouraged to register by April 13.

In 2011, nearly 1,000 residents from approximately 400 community groups participated in the Clean and Green program.

The 2012 Clean and Green program is sponsored by the City of Chicago and Keep America Beautiful.