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I’d like to shareÂ a story aboutÂ John, the manager at The Grove, West Seattle Inn. John contacted us after seeing this article on the West Seattle BlogÂ about the Hold On To Your Butts (HOTYB) initiative to reduce cigarette litter. Here’s how he described the small tweakÂ he made to accommodate smokers at The Grove that has really changedÂ littering behavior.
“I was dealing with the same problem (of cigarette litter) on the streets and sidewalks around our property…I purchased 2 receptacles and mounted them to a couple of the parking sign posts along the sidewalk then posted some signs regarding the danger and pollution caused by throwing the butts on the ground…The response was amazing. I went from cleaning up a couple of hundred butts every couple of weeks to about five butts on the ground. Even though it is not my responsibility to keep the sidewalks clean, I just had to do something to help out.”
This story challenges the misconception that “smokers don’t care about the environment”. We liked his initiative, so we brought him HOTYB stickers whose bright colors which willÂ help increase awareness of the ash cans. He liked the design of our ash cans, and how easy they are to lock and empty, so he purchased anÂ official Surfrider HOTYBÂ ash can from us.
Thanks, John, for sponsoring cigarette disposalÂ can #1 in Seattle. We are so glad to be partnered with you as we move towardsÂ increased impact in the community. We’d like to put up 19 more cans by March, so if you are interested in buying a cigarette litter can to prevent water pollution, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Surfrider Foundationâ€™s Seattle Chapter seeks an intern to support stakeholder engagement in reducing cigarette litter on our beaches and streets. The positionâ€™s main responsibility is to identify, communicate with, and engage interested parties throughout Seattle to foster and grow our cigarette litter program (Hold On To Your Butts) as part of a larger effort to reduce urban stormwater runoff. The intern will work under the direction of the HOTYB committee leader and have excellent access to professional connections in environmental advocacy in the Puget Sound.
Details: 5 hours/week, January-June 2015, start/end dates negotiable, unpaid
Expenses budget: $250 for gas/travel/city parking, and $250 for outreach materials
Live in or near Seattle for the duration of the internship
Willing to travel around Seattle independently to perform outreach
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work with the public
- Interest in social media
Background in environmental advocacy, water quality, or environmental science
Work with the Seattle Chapter Executive Committee and Washington Field Manager on content for statewide and chapter-based social media and newsletter content.
Follow direction of HOTYB committee on prioritizing outreach.
Document and track all outreach efforts and work through weekly reporting on a google document.
Attend chapter meetings the second Tuesday of every month
Perform in person outreach to the public at Seattle Surfrider events and strategic outreach to business owners, business associations, and community groups in Seattle. Minimum 1 event/month.
Meet with HOTYB committee and draft a work plan within one week of signing contract
Create HOTYB website content for seattle.surfrider.org and develop social media content and connections for HOTYB Twitter (https://twitter.com/SeattleHOTYB) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/seattlesurfriderhotyb)
Apply to 3 grant funding mechanisms for the purchase and installation of ashcans- ex: Keep America Beautiful, Clean and Green Seattle Initiative, Â Neighborhood Association Improvement Funds
Submit monthly expenses by the last day of each month to Chapter Treasurer via a spreadsheet with detailed expenses submitted by email.
Establish increased support from key groups: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, business and neighborhood associations in West Seattle, downtown Seattle, Ballard and Fremont
Identify community sponsors for ash cans for long term stability of the program
Increased local recognition of the HOTYB logo and initiative
Increased local public awareness of the impacts of cigarette butts
500 followers on HOTYB Twitter and Instagram combined
20 ash cans in place, showing established community partnerships
Secured funding for HOTYB programs
If interested, please submit an email or letter describing your interests and qualifications and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 1.
After taking a breather for the holidays we are back in action next Tuesday for our monthly chapter meeting. We will be at the familiar spot of Zeeks Pizza in Greenlake and starting at 6:45. Lots of things to discuss including: Climate Campaign sign-on letter with guest speaker Alex Epstein from Climate Solutions, our Hold On To Your Butts program that just got a new canister up, to our February 26th chapter party happening at Stoup Brewery. Come hang, have a slice of pizza, and find out whats going on in Seattle and on beaches throughout the state!
For November instead of having our usual chapter meeting we will be having a social gathering at The Wurst Place in S. Lake Union at 7pm. Bring your surf and beach stories, camaraderie, and social vibes for a night of surf talk and a reflection of all that the Seattle Chapter Â accomplished in 2014. You do not need to RSVP but its always great to know how many to expect so visit our Facebook event invite for more information and to join the event.Â
Check out the recent newsletter to find out what Surfrider goodness is going on in Seattle and Washington. Also, we have our monthly chapter meeting next Tuesday at 6:45 at Zeeks Pizza in Greenlake where you can meet some great people and find new ways to get involved.
The biggest surf competition in the state of Washington is under four weeks away. The 13th annualÂ Clean Water ClassicÂ will have all the fixings youâ€™ve come to know from great surfing to evening entertainment. The big difference this year is obvious, a change in date to October with hopes for better waves and weather.
We are back atÂ Zeekâ€™s Pizza in Green LakeÂ located at 7900 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle. Weâ€™ll be discussing the already successful HOTYB program, saturdays Westport cleanup, and the upcoming Clean Water Classic Â surf comp! Come join us Â for a slice and a beverage tomorrow night for some good times and good people!
6 Seattle chapter volunteers spent a morning at Alki talking with beachgoers about cigarette litter and the opportunity to clean up our beaches and streets through the Hold On To Your Butt campaign. West Seattle Blog already did 2 articles on this initiative; a general intro and one focused on the new canisters and outreach at Alki. The Alki Volleyball Association supported the initiative by announcements over their speaker system and giving an extra raffle ticket to each volleyball player for every 10 cigarette butts picked up. The community reception was overall very positive!
Pointing out the new ash cans to people walking/skating/biking the path along Alki
Check out the latest news and the info about the upcoming chapter meeting Â Tuesday night August 19th starting at 6:45 at the Green Lake Zeeks Pizza!
Our campaign to reduce cigarette litter is really getting going! Did you know cigarette butts are plastic and recyclable (if sent to TerraCycle)? We know all the littered butts are a problem on Seattle beaches and we hope you will get involved to help us provide smokers with a solution to disposing of cigarette litter. The HOTYB committee is working with Seattle Parks to place a few ash cans at Alki Beach and develop outreach materials. Got an idea to help? Get involved! Contact HOTYB@seattlesurfrider.org
Volunteers find pounds and pounds of cigarette butts on local beaches during cleanups
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