Keep Genesee County Beautiful, MI

The first Scrape, Prep and Paint Training by local Lowe’s employees took place in Sarginson Park. Volunteers learned how to prepare metal, wood and concrete for painting and staining. Volunteers were split into two groups to learn and have “hands on” experience in scraping old paint off of a city park pavilion, benches and concrete. Volunteer Adopt a Park representatives from 10 different City of Flint parks were on hand. The Lowe’s/KAB grant provided all of the materials that volunteers will use to prep and paint playground equipment, benches, pavilions and other similar items in their own local parks. The next step is for each park to provide their own Scrape and Prep date and start the improvement process in their own parks.

Detroit Public Schools Participate in Recycle-Bowl

This past fall, 42 schools in Detroit Public Schools participated in the national Recycle-Bowl Competition. Recycle-Bowl is a national competition put on by Keep America Beautiful that encourages schools to record the most recycling per person. Students had to collect recyclable materials and weigh them over the course of four weeks to try and see which school recycled more. While none of Detroit’s 42 participating schools didn’t win the national competition, they are winners to our city!

Green Living Science and the DPS Go Green Challenge, with the help of AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators, worked together to make sure the Recycle-Bowl challenge was a success and are excited to announce the top participants. These include first-place winner Emerson Elementary-Middle School, recycling 8.26 lbs/person; second place, Roberto Clemente Academy, recycling 4.87 lbs/person; and our third-place winner, Carstens Academy, recycling 4.80 lbs/person. These schools recycled a total of 13,494 pounds combined over four weeks. Overall, DPS recycled 37,791 pounds over the four-week competition!

For more information visit www.GreenLivingScience.org or visit www.DPSGoGreen.WordPress.com.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

On Thursday, July 31, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful teamed up with 140 volunteers from POSSIBLE to “Shock the Block” in West End. The block? Bank Street, from Baymiller to Freeman Avenue. Volunteers tackled a number of projects that made the street go from dingy and dirty to colorful and clean.

One group of volunteers concentrated their efforts on Dyer Park, taking on a handful of different projects including edging and mulching around trees and picnic areas, painting the picnic tables, picking up litter, painting the large retaining wall under the splash park, and painting a mural.

Another group painted the barricades of a vacant storefront and a vacant school known as the Bloom School on Bank Street. Volunteers painted the barricades to look like windows and doors. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will finish painting the Bloom School in the coming weeks.

A smaller group pulled weeds that were three-feet high from tree wells along Bank Street and mulched them afterwards. Ten more volunteers cleaned up an overgrown and littered alley.

These projects were organized to make this part of West End cleaner and safer. Studies show that when areas are clean and beautiful, there is less litter and crime.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful would like to thank POSSIBLE, who sponsored the event and spent three hours working in the neighborhood. Special thanks also to The Cincinnati Recreation Commission, who provided mulch and painting supplies for Dyer Park, and to the City’s Department of Public Services, who not only primed the retaining wall, but also collected all of the trash and yard waste after the event.

POSSIBLE is a global digital agency that offers their clients award-winning digital strategy, performance marketing, and creative design.

Keep Blount Beautiful, Maryville, TN

Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) is proud to announce the 3rd annual Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Palace Theater in downtown Maryville. This is a one of a kind event in East Tennessee!

KBB is currently accepting fashion show applicants. The entry fee is $50 and the deadline is Oct. 11, 2014. Applicants may seek sponsors or work in teams if preferred. The Best in Show prize is $500; the second-place winner receives $100; and $50 is the third place award. Honorable Mention will be awarded to the designer or team of designers as chosen by a vote of audience favorite through “voting with bucks.” The outfit with the most bucks wins a KBB framed artwork. There will also be a special prize this year to recognize K-12 students.

Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show’s mission is to engage the community to create fashion out of trash to entertain, educate and inspire others to rethink, reuse and recycle. The show seeks to present our society’s trash in the form of a fashion show, and through this artful expression, we hope to change the way our community sees the world of trash and waste. Material used in the construction of garments must be post-consumer, post-industrial, or post-agricultural waste. Trash destined for the landfill or recyclable items.

Designers may use materials for construction such as glue, tape, dyes, marker, staples, thread, zippers, elastic, wire, Velcro boning, buckram, grommets, laces, starch, paint, etc. Recycled content fabric may only be used as a lining that doesn’t show. The percentage of new material should not exceed 10% of total garment weight. Underwear that does not show is acceptable under the garment. Shoes and accessories are acceptable; however shoes and accessories made from trash materials are preferred.

Each garment should have a title, byline, and a short description about the design that makes a statement. Social commentary, source of inspiration, and use of humor can be helpful in the telling of your story. Please include a mention of the trash materials used. This is a great way to promote the sponsor or business/organization presenting the garment.

For guidelines, entry form and waiver visit the Keep Blount Beautiful website or call 865-681-4809.

Keep Blount Beautiful is an award winning 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Its mission is to improve our community by encouraging litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.

Brightside St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis’ Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” project involved nearly 150 people working to establish a butterfly garden in Benton Park and paint murals around the community garden. Volunteers from Anheuser-Busch, Benton Park and Benton Park West neighborhoods plus Young Friends of Brightside St. Louis joined forces to transform one of the city’s most heavily-traveled intersections, Jefferson and Arsenal, into an attractive and beneficial community resource.

The volunteers planted 1,200 perennials and shrubs including native milkweeds to benefit the threatened migrating Monarch butterfly. Only a few short hours after the plants went in the ground, a few remaining volunteers watched as our first Monarch fluttered through the newly-planted garden. Now we will have blooms for many years to benefit butterflies and other important pollinators.

Protecting the community garden from cars traveling on the nearby busy streets led to the installation of barricades around the perimeter of the garden, yet their appearance totally detracted from the beauty of the garden. Talented local artists, Casey Kasparek and Peat Wollaeger, prepared stencils for the volunteers to paint designs and outdoor scenes on the barriers. Once unsightly eyesores are now beautiful assets on this corner.

Brightside St. Louis was proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful to do what we all do best – make communities more vibrant, thriving and beautiful. And our friends at Bud Light make every project more fun. Special thanks to our long-time partner and Benton Park neighbor, Anheuser-Busch.

Keep Genesee County Beautiful – Michigan

What a challenge! Painting  playground equipment, pavilions, benches and other items that are sitting in City of Flint parks. Keep Genesee County Beautiful is working with 21 volunteer Adopt A Park sponsors to maintain city parks. This includes picking up litter and emptying trash cans. There are no basic city services being offered as the budgets have been curt again and again, while under an emergency manager. But our residents are not letting that deter them! One of the parks that will receive painting assistance through the KAB/Lowe’s grant is Sarginson Park. This weekend there will be a massive park cleanup to prepare for the Scrape, Prep and Paint Training on Wednesday, August 20. What a wonderful difference this grant will make in a park that is full of children playing during the summer.

Keep Genesee County Beautiful – Michigan

The work begins…at the Lowe’s store. After a visit to the park, Devin from Lowe’s and Karen West, Director at Keep Genesee County Beautiful,  met back at the store and began to order the supplies, including a special order of paint that bonds to playground equipment. We filled up a cart or two with supplies for the cleanup on Sunday afternoon and Devin will begin to put together the Scrape, Prep and Paint Kits for each participating park.

KEEP MOORE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL, CARTHAGE, NC

Keep Moore County Beautiful Board of Directors recently, last week August 7th, chose Pinecrest Plaza as its recipient of the Keep Moore County Beautiful “Beautification Award”. Pinecrest Plaza, managed by Hawthorne Retail Partners, was selected for its outstanding efforts to improve their buildings and grounds. KMCB applauds their efforts and will continually look for and acknowledge other businesses in Moore County who are aggressively making an effort to Keep Moore County Beautiful.