ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Researchers, artists and community leaders unveiled a new sculpture on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Poynter Park. This is the public awareness element of USF College of Marine Science's Clean Community Clean Coast programs, funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Prevention Education and Outreach cooperative agreement grant. The Current Collections sculpture spans 40ft (12m) in width and 30ft (9m) in height and is made from reclaimed plastics and steel. It will be in Poynter Park for the Blue Ocean Film Festival and until March 2015, and then it travels to GSU in Atlanta for Earth day.
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Last week, 13 high school students from Pinellas County participated in a five-day workshop to increase their knowledge about marine/watershed pollution causes and impacts, and develop their communications and project leadership skills. The new workshop was developed by Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the University of South Florida College of Marine Science for the Collaborating for Clean Communities initiative, which is funded by a NOAA Marine Debris Prevention grant.
The students heard presentations and engaged in discussions with experts from KPB, USF CMS, the City of St. Petersburg, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and the USF SP School of Media Studies. Held at the USF SP Harbor Hall, students kayaked in Booker Creek and X beach to assess litter, and practiced organizing a clean-up in Bayboro Harbor. During the week, students honed in on their issues and developed projects to implement at their schools.