SLO County Roundup

SLO County

Hundreds of volunteers scoured local creeks for garbage Oct. 3, just days before the first powerful storm of the season drenched the area.

Organizers report that 436 people participated at 59 locations throughout the county. They collected 5,700 pounds of trash and 1,365 pounds of recyclables.

Paso Robles led the effort with the most volunteers — 165 — who collected 1,500 pounds of trash from the Salinas River and Turtle Creek. Many of the volunteers were Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies.

San Luis Obispo volunteers, 76 in all, collected the most trash at 2,000 pounds and 500 pounds of recyclables at 18 creek locations. Cleanups were also held in Atascadero, Templeton, Cal Poly, the Five Cities and Santa Margarita.

Trash in creeks causes pollution, harms wildlife, and dirties local beaches.

— David Sneed

Cal Poly

GreenReportCard.org has named Cal Poly a “Campus Sustainability Leader for 2010” for its environmental efforts, according to university officials.

The university moved up to an overall B+ for 2010 on the Web site’s scale, up from a B- in 2009. Cal Poly was graded on eight of nine categories.

The university earned A grades in the following categories: administration, climate change and energy, student involvement and transportation.

Cal Poly earned B grades for food and recycling, “green building” and endowment transparency. In the investment priorities category, the university earned a C.

According to GreenReportCard.org, the university was not eligible to be graded in the “shareholder engagement” category because it does not have the ability to cast ballots as a corporate shareholder. The school’s entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled funds.

— Nick Wilson

Paso Robles

Students at Georgia Brown Elementary School in Paso Robles will take part in a national promotion with Target stores this month.

Employees from the retailer will read to students and take part in other classroom activities from 8:10 a.m. to noon on Friday, and $500 in books will be donated to the school’s library by the Minnesota-based company, officials said.

— Tonya Strickland

SLO County

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Honor Farm staff is in need of helmets to pair with bicycles it is preparing to give as Christmas presents to children in need.

To purchase the number of helmets needed, a goal of $3,500 has been set.

Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Board, P.O. Box 3752, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403, or call 781-4637.

— Julia Hickey