Friday, March 18, 2011

Wildwoods to Host 3rd Annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange


The NJ Clean Communities Council, sponsored by PSEG, will host the third annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange inside the Wildwoods Convention Center on Tues., March 22 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Students attending the program are from middle schools, high schools and charter schools throughout New Jersey in the following cities: East Orange, Monroe Township, Old Bridge, Newark, Atlantic City, Somers Point, Wildwood and North Wildwood.

The purpose of the event is to facilitate an exchange of information and ideas on environmental issues related to litter and the proper handling of waste among groups of students from points all over New Jersey. Special attention will be paid to water conservation during the program.

The overall goal of the Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange is to give students a more holistic view of environmental issues in New Jersey by providing the tools and knowledge to solve environmental problems.

Participating students will compare and contrast environmental issues throughout the state; create new and more innovative solutions to select environmental problems; and discover more about one of New Jersey’s natural and historical resources – the beach.

The schedule for the event in the Wildwoods is:

8-11 a.m.
Registration and Exhibits inside the Wildwoods Convention Center

9-11:30 a.m.
Beach Clean-up in Wildwood, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest

11:45 a.m.
Photo session in front of the Wildwoods Sign with Congressman Frank LoBiondo and other public officials

Noon-12:45 p.m.
Lunch, followed by opening remarks from Congressman LoBiondo, along with the presentation of awards and reports on environmental projects

12:45-1:30 p.m.
Performance by Karen Buckley – the Turtle Singer

Following the musical performance, students from East Orange and Monroe Township will set up for a roundtable discussion on environmental issues related to water conservation and the Gulf oil spill which will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m.

In addition to the 3rd Annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange, the day will feature the planned announcement and unveiling of a statewide Adopt-A-Beach Program – a comprehensive, statewide, volunteer program developed by the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to clean and maintain beaches, bays, rivers and all waterways through network of municipalities, counties, community organizations, businesses and individuals.

For additional information about the 3rd Annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange, visit

For more information about the Wildwoods visit or call 800-992-9732.


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. In 2010, the Wildwoods Doo Wop Architecture was named “One of the Top Ten Architectural Wonders in America” by The Wildwoods were also named among Smarter Travel’s Ten Best Beach Towns in America in 2010, as well as one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for the second year in a row. In 2009, the Wildwoods were selected as one of’s “50 Authentic American Experiences.” In addition, the Wildwoods were also voted “Best Town” and “Best Beaches” in the 2009 WTXF-TV My Fox Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest. The Wildwoods were also named “Best Beaches” in the 2008 and 2010 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods beaches were named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Events” in the same survey. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Thunder On The Sand Race Series, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, The New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others. For more information on the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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