Keep Sevier Beautiful, TN

As part of our Good Earth Community Gardens, Keep Sevier Beautiful offered free public education gardening classes throughout the year. The classes covered topics from plants, bulb & seed selection; composting; winter gardening; pest and weed management and ended with a lesson on a live demonstration of farm to table.

To offer the Farm to Table Class, KSB partnered with the Walters State Community College. Chef Joe Cairns, shared valuable tips on how to prepare fresh vegetables from gardens. Throughout the presentation, Chef Joe made Rosemary Lemonade, Agua Fresca, Roasted Corn Salsa, Grilled Vegetable Salad and Watermelon Arugula Feta Cheese Salad for the crowd to sample and see how quickly a full meal can be prepared fresh from your garden!

All the classes throughout the year in addition to the community gardens were funded through a partnership with Lowe’s. Not only did they fund the gardens and the classes, but Lowe’s Heroes help build the garden beds!

Keep Broward Beautiful, Fort Lauderdale Florida

Keep Broward Beautiful through Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, the Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA), a local non-profit organization, and the State of Florida Park Service, are partners in implementing the Keep America Beautiful / Waste Management John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Dune Restoration Project. During the course of 4 events held since November 2013, over 400 volunteers from 10 different organizations have planted more than 8,000 native dune plants and trees as an effective method to mitigate beach erosion, restore coastal habitats and beautify the park. Volunteers and park staff continue to monitor and water the plantings to ensure their survival. This project clearly demonstrates the power of partnership and community engagement. “It was amazing to see such active participation from the community”, said Dawn McCormick, Community Affairs Manager for Waste Management. “When we work together, we accomplish great things!”

Keep America Beautiful Works To Keep Bonnaroo Litter Free

Bronwen Evans, Keep America Beautiful’s director of litter programs, attended the recent Bonnaroo to develop KAB’s metrics protocol on cigarette litter at special events, and to support the local affiliate, Keep Coffee County Beautiful (KCCB) of Manchester, Tenn.

“Keep Coffee County Beautiful did an amazing job with their $5,000 CLPP grant,” Evans said. “Not only did they strategically place dozens of Smoker’s Outpost receptacles to support proper disposal of cigarette butts and cigar tips, they did some terrific educational outreach with signage, bumper stickers, and t-shirts. Over 2,400 pocket ashtrays were distributed to environmentally-conscious adult smokers in this music-loving crowd.”

Tonya Wilkinson, executive coordinator of KCCB, hosted Evans and KAB researcher Adam Roberts after weather conditions made camping problematic. Wilkinson also arranged for Evans to meet with Coffee County, Tenn., Mayor David Pennington and Tullahoma, Tenn., Mayor Lane Curlee, and to visit the local recycling center.

“Tonya is running an exemplary program, and is a real credit to Keep Tennessee Beautiful and to the Keep America Beautiful affiliate network,” Evans said.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Oklahoma City, OK

Located in Edmond, Okla., St. Mary’s Episcopal School’s Beyond the Classroom program offers special morning and afternoon childcare in an effort to provide children with a safe, secure, “home away from home” atmosphere. Beyond the Classroom students (BTC) focused their Great American Cleanup (GAC) efforts on 60 acres of school grounds. The students worked to expand the nesting boxes trail for bluebirds, cut down invasive pears in the native grasses with easy-to-use tools provided by Troy-Bilt. They also installed two outdoor classrooms of stones that are sustainable, low maintenance and will last forever.

Students cleaned up ponds as the water levels dropped, trail litter clean ups each visit, monitored the nesting of birds at St. Mary’s and earned national recognition as Advanced Bird Sanctuary by National Wildfire Federation. Donna Mackiewicz is the Director of Beyond the Classroom at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and is constantly participating in Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s programs. We appreciate everything she is doing to help students grow. Way to go BTC!

Keep Cass County Beautiful, Louisville, Nebraska

This dedicated team, “Let’s Do This Avoca,” from Avoca, Neb. works hard to keep the village park and the spur into town free of litter. The energetic team conducted 3 Great American Cleanups in the months of April and May and will continue to keep their community litter free all summer. Keep up the great work to help make Cass County, Nebraska beautiful!

Keep Manatee Beautiful, Bradenton, Florida

Kick off your summer with the “Dive Against Debris” cleanup event on June 21, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Green Consortium!

This year’s dive is at Spanish Rocks Reef at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, Florida on Saturday, June 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. View a map and get driving directions at http://manateebeautiful.com.

You can help out by volunteering as a scuba diver, kayaker, canoer, paddleboarder, safety observer, or data collector. Divers must be Open Water certified with at least 15 open water dives in their logbook.

Check out the event flyer for full details and diver requirements. To volunteer, register online with the Tampa Bay Green Consortium at http://tampabaygreenconsortium.org/?p=1053.

Thank you for helping keep Manatee beautiful. See you there!

Keep Islip Clean, Islip, New York

Our favorite event was the Earth Day Festival. KIC had a large tent with more than just volunteer sign-up and distribution of literature. We had Recycled T-Shirt tie-dying, Recycled Art Contest, Why We Do Recycle /Don’t Litter post-up board; Bean Bag Toss, Face Painting and a special visit from Spiderman! The tent was manned by KIC Junior Commissioners, who are a representatives from the different hamlets that make up the Town of Islip. The event was very special because this is KIC’s 25th Anniversary year and we were given a Town Proclamation on stage.

Keep Manatee Beautiful, Bradenton, FL

Keep Manatee Beautiful has partnered with the City of Bradenton and Manatee County Government to expand its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The program is designed to educate citizens about the environmental impacts of improper disposal of cigarette litter and to provide cigarette receptacles for proper disposal.

In May 2014, Keep Manatee Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful grants of $7,000 to initiate a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to install 90 cigarette bins with at Bradenton’s Riverwalk and Main Street, Manatee Public Beach, Bayfront Park and Palma Sola Causeway.

The cigarette bin and portable ashtrays will be available to attendees at the numerous, annual events held at the City of Bradenton’s Riverwalk at Rossi Park and historic Old Main Street. At these events, we will get them directly into the hands of adult smokers through a one-on-one distribution to give them a way to properly dispose of cigarette butts and to inform them of the newly installed cigarette bins.

At Manatee County parks on Anna Maria Island and Palma Sola Causeway, older cigarette bins made of stainless steel will be replaced with a more durable style. The ash receptacle we have chosen is the Glaro 2401 Wall Mounted Indoor Outdoor Ashtray. Completely weatherproof, windproof and fireproof, this cigarette receptacle is made of solid 1/16 thick seamless aluminum and has a large capacity and is easy to empty because of a smartly-designed security locking system. Satin brass models cannot tarnish and, therefore, never need polishing. Permanent-mount and wall-mounted models are complete with all mounting hardware. They conceal odors and prevent the wind from blowing debris.

Before and after the installation, volunteers will conduct a cigarette butt scan of the areas surrounding specific installations to get a before/after count of the cigarette butt litter.