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DU Spring Clean-up Extends Reach Farther into Hill District, South Side

Each year, hundreds of Duquesne University students, faculty and staff partner with community organizations in two nearby neighborhoods—the Hill District and South Side—for one of the largest spring clean-up days in the city.


During the 22nd Annual Spring Clean-up, Duquesne will take to the streets to pick up litter, build relationships and raise environmental awareness.

“Each year, we have more and more people come to us for help,” said Luci-Jo DiMaggio, assistant director of Spiritan campus ministry, which sponsors the event. “The area we cover in both the Hill District and South Side increases every year because community members see what we’re doing and invite us into their block or into their organization to help.”

For the first time this year, children are playing an important part in the Hill District initiative. For those under age 12, a children’s planting and painting project will be available, across the street from the Centre Avenue check-in point for community members.

An expanded health screening fair will be part of the Hill District program, where residents can receive diabetic foot screenings or be tested for carbon monoxide exposure.

When: Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check-in is at 9 a.m. on campus, 10 a.m. at community sites

Where: Check-in on the Mellon Patio of Duquesne. Teams will work in various locations in the Hill District and South Side.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.