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Aug. 15: "Go Green Oakland" Campaign Kicks Off

Contact:

Reynolds G. Clark
Chairman, Oakland Task Force
Vice Chancellor for Community Initiatives, University of Pittsburgh
412-624-7721
clark@pitt.edu

Louise Cavenaugh Sciannameo
Vice President, University Communications and Community Relations, Carlow University
412-578-2090
sciannameolc@carlow.edu

Teresa Thomas
Assistant Vice President for Media Relations, Carnegie Mellon University
412-268-2900
ts2h@andrew.cmu.edu

"Go Green Oakland" Campaign Kicks Off: Incoming Students
in Oakland Universities To Receive Reusable Grocery Bags

PITTSBURGH—The Oakland Task Force (OTF) is making it easy for nearly 5,000 first-year students at Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to "go green."

Each student will receive a reusable grocery bag to kick off "Go Green Oakland," the OTF's new educational campaign recognizing green efforts in the community. Students will find a resource guide inside the bag highlighting green initiatives of Oakland's educational institutions, eco-friendly businesses and regional environmental organizations. The initiative, funded by State Senator Jay Costa (D-43rd District) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, calls for a significant reduction in the use of plastic bags and encourages the use of reusable shopping bags.

The OTF is a partnership of institutions, community organizations, businesses and public agencies working together to improve the Oakland neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh, the third-largest employment center in Pennsylvania. More than 25 member organizations boast a variety of small- and large-scale green initiatives that contribute to the environmental health of the community, including comprehensive recycling programs, a farmers' market, furniture recycling, walk challenges, green building initiatives, and toxic waste and hazardous material remediation.  More information on the OTF is available www.oaklandtaskforce.org.

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