For the fifth year, Larson Design Group’s Morgantown office employees will join volunteers across the state in improving their local communities by participating in the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, taking place April 1-15.
A half dozen LDG employees, along with friends and family, will spend a Saturday removing litter from a portion of White Park in Morgantown. White Park, also the home of the Morgantown Ice Arena, is a 170-acre facility that serves as a hub for many athletic activities. It includes four adult softball fields and two youth baseball fields. Five miles of wooded trails interspersed throughout the park are used by hikers, bikers and wildlife enthusiasts.
“The WV Make It Shine Cleanup has become an event that our employees look forward to each year,” said Rich Rogers, LDG’s Morgantown office leader. “It provides us with an opportunity to practice LDG’s core value of Stewardship in a way that makes our community better for everyone.”
In previous years, LDG employees cleaned a section of Coopers Rock State Forest, removing 640 lbs. of litter over the span of a 1.2-mile roadway, and cleaned a section of Decker’s Creek Rail Trail in Morgantown’s Whitmore Park.
The WV Make It Shine activities are part of a larger national effort, Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, expected to involve nearly 3 million people. More than 5,300 West Virginians took part in last year’s Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup. Those volunteers removed nearly 85 tons of litter, including more than 2,900 unsightly tires from the state’s landscape.
LDG is a nationally emerging architecture, engineering and survey firm with offices in Morgantown, Pittsburgh and eight other cities in four states. It was the first business to relocate to the new WestRidge Business + Retail Park, Morgantown’s largest mixed-use development under construction near the Interstate 79 interchange.
Rogers has more than 20 years of experience and leads an office which serves prominent oil and gas, developer and municipal clients in a wide range of energy and civil engineering niches. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.