From Trash to Cash: Local Teen Cleaning Up in Bid to Raise Funds for College

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A Media teenager keenly interested in protecting the environment is collecting some trash to raise money for college, reports NBC10’s Matt DeLucia.

Matt Coulter has a GoFundMe page, “Matthew’s Journey In Sustainability,” seeking $10,000 to defray expenses for him to study Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.

In exchange for a donation, Coulter has offered to pick up one bag of trash. He’s gone through 55 bags of trash in the past three weeks.

He’s had about 80 donations and had raised $4,085 as of Thursday, April 1.

“Over time you start to look around. You start to realize there’s trash and stuff all over the place,” Coulter said.

Coulter is involved in several conservation groups and has won several conservation leadership awards.

“I´ve spent my life in the outdoors,” reads his GoFundMe statement. “As I grew older, I realized the outdoors is not a given for everyone and that someone needs to be there to speak up for the environment.

“I want to create a future for the next generations that have the same experiences in the outdoors that I was lucky enough to have.” 

Coulter plans to continue doing this for as long as possible until he can fulfill his promise to every donor. Read more at NBC10.

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