Beach cleanups provide participants with a first-hand opportunity to contribute to their host communities and the environment at the same time.

By: Lisa Dieckman, Work and Travel Marketing and Outreach Intern

For the past 30 years, Greenheart International has been dedicated to honoring and respecting the environment in all that we do. Here at CCI Greenheart, a division of Greenheart International, our cultural exchange programs promote environmentalism and sustainability while empowering global leaders.  As we reflect upon the importance of saving the shoreline, our efforts to conserve water, and protect the environment, we are reminded of all the volunteer events that have contributed to this cause through the Going Greenheart Tours since its inception in 2011. Working hand in hand with participants, host organizations, and host communities, CCI Greenheart staff members have led numerous beach cleanup and water conservation volunteer projects over the years.

Myrtle Beach. Virginia Beach. Outer Banks. Old Orchard Beach. These are just a few of the communities that have been touched by beach cleanup and water conservation projects on Going Greenheart Tours in the past. In waterfront communities all across the United States, eager participants from all over the world have joined forces to spend a few hours picking up trash along beautiful beaches.

For many participants, this is often the first volunteer project they have completed in the U.S. and it inspires them to do more both in the U.S. and in their home countries. Beach cleanups provide participants with a first-hand opportunity to contribute to their host communities and the environment at the same time. One particularly impactful example is a cleanup from 2014 in Old Orchard Beach, Maine after a strong storm came through the town and deposited lots of debris onto the beaches. Participants, host organizations, and community members spent the afternoon cleaning the beach of all debris to protect the ecosystem of the beloved Plover Piper bird, which calls this beach “home.”

All of us here at CCI Greenheart encourage you to get involved and do your own beach cleanup! Grab some friends, some garbage bags, and hit your nearest beach! If you don’t live near a beach, don’t be discouraged. Everyone can do something every day to conserve water and protect our environment. Use a reusable water bottle, turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, or take a shorter shower a couple times a week! Don’t forget to log your hours with the Greenheart Club!