Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful, Oklahoma

Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful’s Rose Committee worked in partnership with the local offices of Baker Hughes to create a large float loaded with roses. The float was entered in the 75th Annual Rooster Day Parade in Broken Arrow. The committee won the trophy.

(Photo, left to right:) Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful Board Chair, Peggy Striegela, Baker Hughes, Shane Hickey, BA Rotary Rooster Days Chair Jeff Hewitt, KBAB Rose Committee Chair Beverly Forester gather on Main Street for the presentation of the Rooster Parade Trophy to the float winners Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful Rose Committee Float. The trophy will reside in Baker Hughes lobby for a year.

More details are available from Peggy Striegela, chairman of Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful, at peggy@striegela.com.

Dow Volunteers Help Transform a Playground with Keep Houston Beautiful

In March, 195 young professionals from Dow’s Propel to Excel learning and talent development program transformed a small playground at Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Education Center in Houston, Texas, into a nature-based outdoor learning center. Community service is a key component of Propel to Excel, which introduces new manufacturing and engineering employees to the Dow culture. The project at Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Education Center was the perfect way to engage participants in a valuable community project.

Dow volunteers painted a mural, planted trees, and built benches, tables, planters, as well as a puppet theatre. Educators at the school are using the new space to give students a hands-on approach to learning about nature. The event was conducted in partnership with Keep Houston Beautiful, as part of the Great American Cleanup.

As a part of the company’s Contributing to Community Success initiatives, Dow has been a sponsor of the Great American Cleanup since 2008. Dow sites across the U.S. have been collaborating with local organizations and volunteers in cleanup, recycling, beautification, and education events to improve their communities and create a more sustainable future.

“Propel to Excel was thrilled to partner with Gabriel Mistral and Keep America Beautiful to help improve the children’s learning environment,” said Paul Mefford, Dow global operations learning and talent development leader. “This project is one example of how Dow is living out its citizenship commitment, by improving our communities and leaving a positive impact for years to come.”

During the 2014 Great American Cleanup, more than 1,000 Dow employees and their families and friends are expected to volunteer at upwards of 60 beautification events across the county.

Watch this short video to see how the Dow volunteers transformed the playground in a just a few hours.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Honored with Humanitarian Award, Duluth, GA

Earlier this month, Keep America Beautiful affiliate Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful received the D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Award the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s 66th Annual Dinner, attended by more than 1,000 local business and community leaders. Presented by Gwinnett Medical Center, the event is designed to highlight Gwinnett’s successes and recognize those who have made a difference in the community in recent years.

“Each year, the D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Award is presented to the charitable institution best embodying the spirit of compassion and generosity to which the late Scott Hudgens was so deeply committed,” explains Connie Wiggins, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “It is such an unbelievable honor for our organization to receive an award that signifies that same sense of community and philanthropy for which Scott Hudgens and his family have always been dedicated. At Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, we do what we do each day in an effort to make Gwinnett County America’s cleanest, greenest and most livable community.  But we could never do that without the tireless conviction and dedication of our board members, volunteers, community partners and staff. This award belongs to us all.”

Over the course of 2013, the community-based, environmentally-focused nonprofit organization accomplished the following feats with the help of its growing network of volunteers, community allies, and corporate partners:

  • Educated more than 111,000 students and trained more than 15,500 teachers to foster a new generation of environmental stewards
  • Raised the awareness and environmental knowledge of nearly 400,000 Gwinnett County residents
  • Cleaned 720 miles and 220 places throughout Gwinnett County
  • Recovered 14 million pounds of recyclables
  • Provided 280,000 volunteer hours for recycling and beautification projects

“We’ve already hit the ground running in 2014,” insists Wiggins. “We recently had the pleasure of honoring environmental stewards and our cherished volunteers during the 34th Annual Awards Dinner. We just hosted one of the largest Christmas tree recycling events where we were responsible for an estimated one out of every five trees recycled in the state of Georgia. And now, we are feverishly planning for what will likely be our biggest event for the year – the Environmental Address on March 6 featuring Governor Nathan Deal.”

Beyond the Address, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will also play host to a county-wide Great American Cleanup event – which runs March 1 through May 31, 2014, and the annual America Recycles Day in the Fall. Additional beautification projects and events will be scheduled throughout the year, and citizens who wish to take part are encouraged to check the event calendar regularly for upcoming dates. In addition to events, the organization is hoping to unveil a new website to better communicate its mission to educate, advocate and equip the residents and business owners of Gwinnett County.