10 volunteers kicked off the Great American Cleanup in Springfield, Ohio, on March 1 by collecting 560 lbs. of litter from 1.5 miles of a busy road.
Litter Letter Ask WHY at Pigeon Forge Middle School
Six-foot letters stuffed with litter have been placed in front of the Pigeon Forge Middle School along Wears Valley Road asking “WHY” to encourage by passers to rethink littering.
The letters debuted at the commencement of Litter Awareness Month and Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Students from Robert Satterfield’s class have been working on the letters as part of a class project in conjunction with Keep Sevier Beautiful. The students designed the shapes of the letters, cut the rebar and wrapped them in chicken wire. All the litter inside the letters have been collected along Sevier County roadways by the County’s litter cleanup crew; a crew funded by TDOT.
“This has been an incredible partnership between the Pigeon Forge High School, Mr. Satterfield and his students, the County and TDOT,” said Laura Howard, Keep Sevier Beautiful executive director. “Not only can we raise awareness about litter by working together, but we can end it as well.”
The letters are part of a larger project — The Litter Letter Project — developed by Rachael Hatley for her MFA thesis to raise awareness about how deeply an environmental issue litter is in Louisiana. As a graphic designer and educator she created a series of letters using litter as the message. There are currently seven large litter letter installations on display in several locations around Washington Parish, La.
By displaying these large-scale visual messages in public places the hope is to provoke a response, thought and action. As the primary gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, litter in Sevier County not only has an environmental impact, but an economic one as well.
“The cost of littering is staggering,” Howard said. “As a County and through our municipalities, we spend over $369,000 picking up litter.” The cost is more than that figure – research shows litter decreases property values, negatively impacts revenue in shopping districts, discourages new businesses to develop in a community, and attracts additional litter and crime.
For more information about litter, how to volunteer or more about the Litter Letter project, visit Keep Sevier Beautiful’s website at KeepSevierBeautiful.org.
KCB placed these characters in the park to indicate some of the goals of Keep Cuero Beautiful, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful: litter abatement, tree planting and beautification. This year, we added elves disposing of E-Waste, participating in neighborhood cleanups, and properly maintaining trees. Cuero’s Christmas in the Park is a lighting display that runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Approximately 30,000 cars/85,000 tour the lights annually. The tour is free but CIF accepts donations for future displays and maintenance.
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) was a recipient of a 2013 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant. KTMB, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, partnered with the Lowe’s Store (#3034) located in Sparks, Nev., to provide community improvement projects located in close proximity to the store involving Lowe’s associates working side-by-side with community volunteers. The project is comprised of two KTMB’s signature programs: Adopt-A-Spot and Adopt-A-Park.
KTMB’s Adopt-A-Spot program is a grassroots roadside litter abatement program is widely popular here in the Truckee Meadows. Through the Community Improvement Grant, the Lowe’s store in Sparks adopted a stretch of road along Sparks Boulevard, a major artery road which leads directly from the city’s residential areas into Legends Shopping Center where Lowe’s is located. The road is also one of the major arteries leading to the I-80 freeway entrance/exit. A sign was installed by the City of Sparks stating that the stretch of road has been adopted by Lowe’s. Lowe’s associates coordinated with KTMB for three cleanups, and KTMB provided all the cleanup supplies (rakes, trashbags, and gloves).
The Adopt-A-Park project with Lowe’s took place at the City of Sparks’ crown jewel, the Sparks Marina, which is located in close proximity to the Lowe’s store. The picturesque Sparks Marina accommodates swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving and picnicking facilities, and breath-taking views of the nearby mountains. With a two-mile walking path, trees and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a perfect setting for family fun; there were more than 350,000 visits last year alone. The Sparks Marina officially opened in 2000, and 13 years of use has taken its toll. The much-loved park has been in need of repairs as the City of Sparks has had to reduce its maintenance budget because of the economic recession. The Community Improvement Grant allowed for much-needed repairs, weed abatement and trash pick-up to occur at the Marina on KTMB’s Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Nov. 2. Tools were purchased from the Lowe’s store for the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department and for this project with grant funding. Fifty-five community and Lowe’s Heroes participated in cleanup and beautification efforts at Sparks Marina with 85 bags of Russian Thistle and other invasive weeds being collected and 10 bags of trash filled.
KTMB looks forward to an ongoing partnership with the Lowe’s store in Sparks. Thank you to Assistant Store Manager, David Berntzen, for your help and support. Thank you Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for this grant opportunity.
Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) received a $15,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant to build tree guards and restore a community garden in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. Hunts Point has long been overburdened with unfavorable land uses that have resulted in health and quality of life issues for community residents. Every weekday, 15,000 trucks pass through Hunts Point – and produce toxic air pollution – on their way to and from the Hunts Point Market, one of the world’s largest food distribution centers. Keep America Beautiful employee-volunteers worked alongside students and graduates of SSBx’s green job training program, the Bronx Environmental Stewardship (BEST) Academy to help green the neighborhood.
The volunteers built tree guards that protect street trees from vehicle damage and enhance the landscape. The volunteers also cleaned a neighborhood community garden and prepared it for winter. They removed litter, weeded, repaired a compost bin, re-soiled the beds, and planted a cover crop (winter rye) to keep the soil healthy and active throughout the winter.
SSBx is grateful to Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for making these community greening projects possible.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful worked with nearly 200 Big Spring Junior High students to clean up Birdwell Park, located directly behind their school.
In addition to collecting 2,060 pounds of trash and debris, students came across a lost dog during the cleanup. The dog was brought to Big Spring Animal Control.
Student chose to adopt the park as their project for their Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The life-skills program is offered to all seventh graders and taught by a local police officer.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful provided trash bags and gloves for students, and the City of Big Spring donated mosquito-repelling wristbands for the project, which was covered by the local newspaper.
“We hope that it inspires others to take the same pride with the community,” said Teresa Darden of Keep Big Spring Beautiful.
Not only is the park cleaner thanks to the students, but it will also become a safer place, as city officials will use the cleanup as a springboard to clear out more brush, reducing the concealed areas within the park.
Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” was a great success in 2013! Our nearly 3,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the 30 projects a great success, cleaning up 14,057 pounds of debris; planting 705 plants and 109 trees; and installing 25 gardens. Keep Virginia Beautiful would like to thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for their sponsorship of our “30 in 30″ program in 2013!
Brightside was once again blessed with volunteers making it their civic duty to keep Louisville clean and green by cleaning up around the community. This fall, Brightside had more than 6,000 members of the community serving the city by picking up trash along the roadways and green spaces. An estimated eight tons of garbage was picked up during the Fall Community-Wide Cleanup, or the equivalent to what 11 Americans go through in an entire year!
Cleanups are an integral part of the Brightside mission and without the help of these volunteers groups, and many other volunteers throughout the year, we could not achieve our goals of a cleaner, greener Louisville. We sincerely thank all who participated, and those who showed their support in other ways. Together, we can continue to improve our already wonderful city!