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The second annual cleanup is a part of SDSU's Earth Day celebration. The second annual cleanup is a part of SDSU's Earth Day celebration.

Students Give Butts the Boot

Students will conduct a campuswide cigarette butt cleanup on Saturday, April 9.
By Josh Hoffman

Cigarette butts are some of the most commonly recovered items from beach and urban environmental cleanups, and SDSU is doing its part to rid the campus of them.

Cleaning up campus and the country

SDSU undergraduate students will conduct the second annual campuswide cigarette butt waste cleanup from 9:30 – 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9. The cleanup is part of the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project, which aims to reduce the environmental impacts of discarded cigarette butts and advocates for the adoption of waste mitigation policies at the national, state and local levels. Last year, students collected more than 20,000 discarded cigarette butts throughout the SDSU campus in just one hour.

In addition to the cleanup, Thomas Novotny, co-director of SDSU’s global health joint degree program, is scheduled to speak during a national webinar at the Legacy Offices at 9:30 a.m. PT, April 19, in Washington, D.C. The webinar will cover part of a national policy dialogue about the environmental problems cigarette butts pose.

For more information about the cleanup or the webinar, contact Novotny at or  619-206-3656, or Michael Sawdey at

Earth Day at SDSU

The product of this year's cleanup will be presented at the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project booth as part of the E3 Earth Day celebration on April 21 during SDSU's GreenFest, which begins April 18 and culminates April 22.

 The five-day celebration includes:

  • Meatless Monday
  • Transportation Tuesday
  • Mega-Watt Wednesday
  • Thriving Thursday
  • Free-4-All Friday

For the full schedule and a description of each day, click here.