On June 25, 2023, 30 ASEZ volunteers from Columbia University and New York University came together for a cleanup in Highbridge Park. This was in participation of the ASEZ Blue Carbon movement that focuses on keeping waterways clean. In total, the volunteers collected 20 bags of trash.
Highbridge Park, located in Upper Manhattan, sits alongside the Harlem River and covers around 103 acres of forested land. Due to the many visitors and residents in the surrounding area, the park becomes easily littered. Trash, like bottles and cans, eventually make their way into the river and raise pollution concerns. ASEZ members initiated a partnership with NYC Parks to clean up the trash and promote healthy blue carbon systems. To successfully clean the most affected areas, Malcolm Jenkins, the supervisor at Highbridge Park, took the time to guide the volunteers to different sections of the park. While doing so, he expressed much gratitude for their dedicated volunteer work.
Working Together for a Sustainable City
A student visiting from New York University, Abhu Dhabi, said, “I love volunteering and have always been a part of it because it’s good for the community, and it gives me that sense of fulfillment.” She was moved to see the ASEZ volunteers in New York City take charge of conserving the environment and biodiversity.
Rachel Frazer, an ASEZ volunteer and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, said, “We are excited to partner with Columbia University and NYC Parks to clean up the waterways in New York. The ASEZ Blue Carbon campaign is an important initiative, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”
ASEZ members in Manhattan will make continuous efforts to protect blue carbon ecosystems and maintain sustainable communities throughout the city.
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