The student-led CleanHoover Initiative, which organizes environmental cleanup and awareness events, is joining more schools and local organizations to keep Hoover litter-free.
Hoover High students Shehzan Maredia and Pippa Lother started the group near the end of 2017 and had their first cleanup day in March at Chace Lake Park. Since then, Maredia said they’ve had more than 600 volunteers show up to their regular cleanup events.
HHS students organize environmental cleanups with CleanHoover Initiative
Litter may be a global problem, but Hoover High students Shehzan Maredia and Pippa Lother know they can put in the work to make their corner of the world a little cleaner.
Maredia and Lother started the CleanHoover Initiative in December to clean up some of the city’s parks and talk with businesses about reducing their environmental impact. Both students had an interest in environmental causes for a while and didn’t want to wait to start making a difference of their own, and Maredia said the Parks & Recreation department of the city showed them where there was an immediate need.
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Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, center, spends a moment with Pippa Lother and Shehzan Maredia, organizers of a CleanHoover Initiative, after his 2019-state-of-the-city addres at the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham
Hoover teens pitch in to create CleanHoover initiative
Hoover High School students Shehzan Maredia and Pippa Lother founded the CleanHoover initiative because they were tired of seeing litter build up around Chace Lake Park.
Five cleanup days and more than 65 industrial-size bags of garbage later, the teens are hoping to turn CleanHoover from a handful of volunteer cleanup days into a movement that will keep making an impact after the seniors go off to college.
A couple of Hoover High School teens founded the group CleanHoover, which is organizing cleanup days for dozens of volunteers at parks around the city. They will meeting up at Moss Rock Preserve tomorrow morning with a group of about 80 volunteers including Mayor Frank Brocato to participate in a cleanup event!