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Santa Cruz Schools Celebrate Graduation with Less Waste
Posted Date: 6/10/2014




Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420.5166

Mary Simmons, Waste Reduction Manager, (831) 420.5449  



Santa Cruz Schools Celebrate Graduation with Less Waste


SANTA CRUZ (June 10, 2014) –Seven Santa Cruz schools are hosting graduation ceremonies this month with less waste thanks to Dori Poles and colorful pennants borrowed from the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department.


Decorations for graduations and other special events often generate extra trash and cause problems for the environment. Balloons used at these festivities can get loose and end up on local beaches or in the ocean. 


As an alternative to balloons and other waste-generating decorations, the Department of Public Works offers schools no-cost Dori Poles and pennants. Dori Poles are fiberglass flag-mounting devices that can be used with colorful cloth pennants again and again, leaving nothing for the trash can after the event.


Schools using the City’s Dori Poles and pennants this month are De Laveaga Elementary School, Costanoa High School, Ark Independent Studies, Alternative Family Education, Gateway School, Delta Charter High School and Cypress Charter High School.

For more information about Dori Poles and the City’s School Recycling and Waste Reduction Program, please call Waste Reduction Manager Mary Simmons at 831.420.5449 or visit:


About the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department

The Public Works Department provides the City of Santa Cruz with a variety of services including engineering design, traffic engineering and maintenance, storm water management, street maintenance, resource recovery management, waste reduction programs, wastewater management, flood control and parking control. The Public Works Department is committed to bringing the Santa Cruz community the highest possible quality of life.


Costanoa Graduation                                                                                                                                                                                           Costanoa High School graduation at De Laveaga Park, Santa Cruz, 2013


Gateway graduation                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eighth grade graduation at Gateway School, Santa Cruz, 2013