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Winners Circle Park in Flowood, Miss., recently named the No. 1 park statewide, just received a welcomed addition from Keep The Rez Beautiful (KRB) and Waste Management. To emphasize the importance of recycling with no curbside in the entire county or any city, KRB decided to stress the importance with a Big Belly Solar Recycling Compactor. The graphics used on the compactor are eye-catching and sends a message to the thousands of visitors that frequent the park monthly. KRB hopes to receive future funding from sponsors and partners to replicate the project in other areas of the county. Thanks Waste Management and KAB for your assistance in promoting and supporting our recycling efforts!

Keep The Rez Beautiful, Ridgeland, MS

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Keep The Rez Beautiful volunteers braved several cold days in December putting the finishing touches on a new Pollinator/Sensory Garden, a welcomed addition to the newly established Turtle Point Nature Area. Thanks to Lowe's and KAB, the new addition will benefit pollinators that are needed to increase fruit and vegetable production. Native plants including Butterfly Milkweed, Great Coneflowers and other native plants including fruit and nut trees will serve as food for the Monarch Butterfly, which is in decline nationally, as well as other wildlife in the area. The Reservoir serves as a flyway for many birds and insects. This addition will provide a resting place and food for the travelers. The sensory aspect of the garden is designed to stimulate the senses with the courtesy of plants that engage one's senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. Blueberry bushes and Willow trees are just one example. Native Americans used the bark of willow trees to produce a type of aspirin. Located on Pelahatchie Bay on the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, the five-acre grassed nature area was created from spoil dredged from the Reservoir caused from urban sprawl. A new walking trail and a kayak launch is creating new friends for KRB. People visiting the area are excited about the new garden area and a walking trail that provides a view of the Reservoir. Many are wanting to know how they can help! Build it and they will come. There are many KRB surprises on the way for this nature area located in a blighted area between two 50-year-old subdivisions.

Keep The Rez Beautiful, Ridgeland, MS

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On March 21, 2015, Keep Charleston Beautiful will host its first professional development workshop for local middle school teachers. The workshop will focus on the importance of proper waste management, stormwater runoff and marine debris. Marine Debris, which is any man-made debris or trash which enters the marine environment, is a growing problem that can easily be seen here in the Lowcountry. At the 2013 Beach Sweep/River Sweep, a one-day statewide cleanup event, 4.7 tons of litter was collected from Charleston area beaches and rivers. In order to improve education, increase public awareness, and foster community involvement, this free one-day workshop will explore the sources and impacts of marine debris and, most importantly, constructive actions which can be taken to help create a cleaner, more beautiful Charleston. Designed by KCB’s education intern and College of Charleston Master of Environmental Studies Candidate Montana Jernigan, this workshop, entitled “Talking Trash: Marine Debris and the Environment,” will present hands-on and engaging activities while also meeting the needs of local teachers through alignment with state science standards. For more information about this teacher workshop, click here. If you are a Charleston County teacher interested in participating in this workshop please contact Montana Jernigan at jerniganm@g.cofc.edu or register here.

Keep Charleston Beautiful, Charleston, SC

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Keep Phoenix Beautiful hosted their annual Corporate Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 28! Seven corporate volunteer groups completed volunteer projects all across Phoenix, Arizona. Groups included Henkel, Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Coca-Cola, University of Phoenix, CSL Plasma, and Crown Castle. Project sites were comprised of various city parks and nonprofits. Volunteers planted, cleaned up community gardens, painted, created gardens, clean up water ways, and picked up litter. Corporate Volunteer groups are competing for bragging rights and to have the Corporate Challenge Traveling Trophy for the next year! The winner will be announced March 12 at the annual Keep Phoenix Beautiful Awards Reception!

Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Phoenix, AZ

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