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Mayor Calls on Volunteers for Brightside/UPS Community-Wide Cleanup

Wednesday February 18, 2009

Mayor Jerry Abramson today issued a call for volunteers to help Louisville “go green and clean” this spring, at the Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup on Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“In 2008, we had a record number of volunteers assist with our community-wide cleanups. Our neighborhood leaders, churches, businesses and civic groups are making a difference. By organizing a cleanup group, you will continue to demonstrate that Louisville is a community where neighbors help neighbors and we roll up our sleeves and get it done,” Abramson said.

UPS is the sponsor for Brightside’s spring and fall Community-Wide Cleanups.

"At UPS, we believe sustainable business practices are vital to the long-term health of our company and the communities in which operate," said UPS Air Group Public Relations Manager Mike Mangeot. "Brightside embodies all of the green principles around which UPS is recasting its entire business, and we're proud to work with them on improving Louisville's quality of life."

Brightside’s Community-Wide Spring Cleanup is held in conjunction with Kentucky’s “Commonwealth Cleanup Week”.

To participate in the March 28 cleanup:

Groups can register online at or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. Brightside will provide free t-shirts (first come, first served/limited supply), bags and gloves to volunteer groups as well as coordinate with Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management to pick up filled trash bags at the end of the day. Individuals can also call and be placed with an established group.

March 14 -- kick off for the cleanup:

Pre-Registered volunteer teams are invited to join Mayor Abramson and Terry Meiners at the Cleanup Kick-Off and Volunteer Celebration on Saturday, March 14, 12:30 p.m. at University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Baseball Stadium, corner of Third and Central. Pre-registered teams can pick up their supplies and stay for a FREE baseball game as the UofL Cardinals take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Brightside’s Clean and Green Initiatives/2008 Highlights:

Brightside partnered with more than 14,000 volunteers to keep Louisville clean and beautiful through Community-Wide Cleanups, Pre-Derby Cleanup, Brightside Adopt-A-Mile, TARC Bus Shelter Cleanups and Neighborhood Cleanups.

Brightside’s educational efforts reached over 2,500 students through Brightside’s Eco-Drama and Brightside’s Environmental Youth Summit programs.

Brightside’s beautification programs replenished Spaghetti Junction daffodils with 10,000 additional bulbs; planted 740 knock out rose bushes, 120 street trees, and over 500 flats of annuals throughout Louisville.

Brightside’s NatureScape Grants program awarded 24 area non-profits with financial support for community environmental projects.

Additional Brightside Spring Events:

  • Brightside’s Green Tie Bash, March 6, The Olmsted, tickets $45, Proceeds benefit Brightside’s beautification programs.
  • Brightside Compost Sale, March 21 & 28 (Saturdays), 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop.
  • Brightside/CHASE Pre-Derby Cleanup, April 22, 12 noon, in the downtown area.


Donor-funded and volunteer driven, Brightside is uniting people in clean and green activities to beautify the city and foster community pride.

For more information, visit:


Media Contacts:

Lisa Gunterman, 574-2339 
Phil Miller, 574-1901 


UPS supports our clean and green initiatives

Encourage others to give Louisville an assist, pitch the trash, Take it to the Basket

Cleaner streets keep our hometown looking nice and add an element of safety