Alaskan Brewing’s Coastal CODE Announces Annual Community Cleanups
12th year of benefit to beaches and waterways from beer with a cause
JUNEAU—This spring, Alaskan Brewing will team up with local nonprofits to host its annual community cleanups in Alaska as part of its Coastal CODE (Clean Oceans Depend on Everyone) initiative. Alaskan Brewing commits one percent of Icy Bay IPA proceeds toward Coastal CODE, which provides grants to organizations and projects that promote the health of oceans and waterways.
“Coastal CODE allows us to take an active role in supporting organizations that protect the coastlines and oceans that are vital to our way-of-life here in Alaska,” said Alaskan Brewing Co. Communications Manager Andy Kline. “Alaska is intimately linked to the health of our waterways and coastlines, and we love being a part of maintaining the health of these systems.”
Since it was established in 2007, Coastal CODE has granted over a quarter million dollars to oceans and waterway-focused organizations and projects, and contributed over $25,000 in 2018 alone. Those funds have helped remove millions of pounds of trash from the waterways of states ranging from Alaska to California, with over 1.5 million pounds removed last year.
“Coastal CODE grants are issued throughout the year, but we organize community cleanups in the spring as a hands-on way to get involved,” explained Alaskan Brewing Co. Campaign Coordinator and Coastal CODE Chair Rochelle Lindley. “It’s a fun and rewarding opportunity for community members from all walks of life to work together with local organizations to help keep our coasts healthy.”
Coastal CODE’s 2019 spring events will focus on seven cleanup projects in Alaska – in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Homer, Fairbanks, Kasilof and Haines.
Juneau: Coastal CODE is partnering with Litter Free to host its annual wetlands cleanup from 8-10am, meeting at Sunny Point. Alaskan Brewing will host a post-cleanup celebration for volunteers at their Tasting Room on Commercial Drive from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sitka: Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC) is hosting Sitka’s beach cleanup from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cleanup volunteers are invited to join a celebratory BBQ at SSSC starting at 4:00 pm.
Ketchikan: Coast Busters in Ketchikan is hosting a cleanup on Gravina Island, accessed via the airport ferry, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Ferry fares will be waived for cleanup volunteers.
Homer: The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is hosting a cleanup at Bishop’s Beach Pavilion from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kasilof: Kenai Watershed Forum will gather at the large parking lot of North Kasilof Beach for a beach cleanup beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Fairbanks: The Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District will host a cleanup at the Chena Lakes Recreation Area from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., with a gathering following the cleanup from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Island View Pavilion.
Haines: The Takshanuk Watershed Council will host a beach cleanup in Haines at 9:00 a.m., meeting at the Public Safety Building, with a celebration picnic scheduled to follow the cleanup from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
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