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Fall Waterways Cleanup‬ FLYER NOW IN SPANISH - please come, please share! Gracias!! We were able to expand our outreach this fall to additional communities thanks to the ‪‎Lowe's‬ / ‪Keep America Beautiful‬ community improvement grant and ongoing support from our Partner in Environmental Education, ‪Orange and Rockland‬.

Keep Rockland Beautiful, New City, New York

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Dollywood takes its location at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains seriously in terms of preserving the natural beauty of the area, and that extends to its construction projects. Last month, Dollywood announced the addition of Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wood coaster and the world’s first launching wood coaster. While the thrilling $22 million ride marks the single largest attraction investment in The Dollywood Company’s history, that investment will extend to keeping the ride’s construction area clean as the first litter-free construction site in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood, in conjunction with ride manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction, has committed to being an initial partner with Keep Sevier Beautiful’s Litter-Free Construction Program.  This unique program educates workers and supervisors on proper disposal of waste and encourages them to maintain the property of the entire construction site, including incidental litter and debris. “Any litter within the site reflects upon the company, and pride in the construction site and in the beauty of our Smoky Mountain area is the key to the success of this program,” said Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB) Board Chair Tom Leonard. As part of the Litter-Free Construction Program, the city of Pigeon Forge has provided a dumpster for the collection of garbage in the form of office/food wastes/litter and waives the associated hauling fee. Keep Sevier Beautiful will provide specifically marked individual litter collection containers for the construction site, and Dollywood is responsible for emptying these containers into the dumpster as well as providing litter pickup labor, making sure the policy is followed and workers are educated about the program. In addition, all waste leaving the construction site must be covered to prevent negligent litter. Keep Sevier Beautiful will designate the Lightning Rod construction area as a participant in the Litter-Free Construction Program with a sign in front of the construction site.  The site will be visited by a KSB representative regularly for the purpose of assessing the level of litter visible on the site and will continue for the length of the project, which opens in March 2016. “The natural beauty of this region is unparalleled, and it is important for us to preserve that charm for visitors and residents of our community,” said Gene Scherrer, Dollywood Vice-President and General Manager.

Dollywood Litter-Free Construction Site, Pigeon Forge, TN

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful celebrated the power of pollinators in support of nature and our food supply as part of the fourth annual National Planting Day on Wednesday, Sept. 23. A variety of activities took place at the Ohio Statehouse, including planting an Ohio Native Pollinator Garden, designed by scientists at The Davey Tree Expert Co. In addition to attracting a variety of pollinators, this garden will provide nectar sources for the beehive installed earlier this year on the Statehouse grounds. National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, Keep Ohio Beautiful hosted a public educational event at the North Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse. The event kicked off with an interactive pollinator educational program with students from Annehurst Elementary, presented by senior entomologists from ScottsMiracle-Gro. Following the presentation, Ohio Senator Gayle Manning and Representative Ryan Smith read to the first- and second-grade students. Michael Mennett,executive director, Keep Ohio Beautiful, was joined by Keep Ohio Beautiful state affiliates; Ohio legislators; Senator Manning; Representative Smith;  William Carleton, executive director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board; Su Lok, director of corporate and community partnerships, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Karen Wise, vice-president, Keep Ohio Beautiful; Terry Lieberman Smith, vice president, Ohio State Beekeepers Association; Ken Christensen, senior scientist, Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co.; and Nina Bagley, Nina’s Village Apiary. High school students from the Knox County Career Center Landscape Design and Management Program, and organizations from throughout the state were on hand to educate attendees about native plants, pollinators and related subjects.

National Planting Day – Keep Ohio Beautiful

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