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Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara used the Keep America Beautiful/Waste Management Think Green® Grant to create a handicapped accessible observation deck on the Kimberly Woodruff Memorial Nature Trail at the Agency’s location, 2510 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield, New York. Additional in-kind funding for the project was provided by the builder, Stan Swogier of Swogier Construction. The trail is fully handicapped accessible and open to the public. The observation deck, which floats so as not to disturb the wetlands, expands the ability of all visitors to independently and safely explore and interpret the native flora and fauna populations of the wetlands. Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara is the Niagara County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., an affiliate of The Arc, and proudly supports more than 600 individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from Niagara County and neighboring communities.

Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, Niagara County, NY

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Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) was fortunate enough to receive a 2015 Keep America Beautiful/Waste Management Think Green Grant. We used this grant to help promote our Environmental Crimes Task Force (ECTF). The ECTF is a partnership between local municipalities, enforcement agencies and regulatory organizations. The goal of the ECTF is to improve and protect public health and the environment through responsible enforcement and comprehensive outreach and education by working with residents, businesses, and the tire industry to promote proper tire storage and disposal, catch illegal dumpers and ensure successful prosecution of illegal dumping cases. In 2014, over 230 illegal dump sites were cleaned and over 40 illegal dumping cases were filed and prosecuted. Education of the public is a very critical component of this program and the combined efforts of the task force coupled with media coverage over the past 12 months have resulted in increased participation by the public in reporting these dumping incidents. As such, the goal of this program is to not only educate the public regarding the legal ramifications of illegal dumping, but also to serve as a call to action for citizens by providing them with the necessary resources they need to report illegal dumping in their community. Thanks to the Think Green Grant, KMCB was able to develop a hybrid advertising campaign that delivers ads on local Regional Transit Authority (RTA) buses that travel throughout Montgomery County. On-board audio messages play once an hour for 12 hours each day on all buses. These messages are reinforced via exterior tail signs on display for pedestrian and vehicle travelers to view. Both the audio messages and tail signs are rotated through the various RTA routes countywide and targeted to the areas where illegal dumping activities occur most frequently. The goal of these ads is to educate the public on how to identify illegal dumping, where and how to report those activities, and actions they can take to help document the case. Commuter Advertising estimates that 78% of Montgomery County residents see the task force signs on the RTA buses five times each month. Additionally, our on-board audio ad will play 563,328 times over the course of the one-year campaign. These impressions have the potential to positively impact the awareness of thousands of Montgomery County residents. As a result, we believe we will see an increase of vigilant residents reporting environmental crime and a decrease of instances of illegal dumping. Thank you, Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management!

Keep Montgomery County Beautiful – Dayton, OH

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful partnered with the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia to plan and implement programming in the Please Touch Garden. The Garden was a means of maximizing the Museum’s presence by creating an outdoor learning environment. The Museum created and implemented engaging, interesting, stimulating programming to introduce children to important topics such as where food comes from, recycling, composting and sustainability. As a result of a Keep America Beautiful/Waste Management Think Green Grant, the garden and associated programming have become a core component of the Museum’s visitor engagement. Nearly 1,800 visitors to the museum participated in educational programming in the Garden, and increased their awareness of the natural world, healthy eating, and the connection between personal health and the health of the environment.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Greensburg, PA

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Using its Waste Management Think Green Grant, Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful (KBRB) hosted a Waste in Place (WiP) workshop for elementary school teachers in March. KBRB has a classroom elementary teacher who has been conducting WiP workshops for over 20 years and is experienced in teaching the lessons and hands-on activities. We stress the litter and recycling exercises because we want to highlight issues surrounding litter to classroom students; the City of Baton Rouge has an excellent recycling program, among the best in the state. Teaching teachers who can bring this information back to their students helps us increase the number of students and parents we can reach three-fold each time we put on a workshop and the teachers love these workshops. They go away learning the WiP curriculum, as well as how to use the Wartville Wizard book and the many resources that our instructors provide them. It's a win-win for KBRB.

Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA

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