The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum (The Discovery), Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), and Waste Management (WM) collaborated for a “Waste Warriors Week” of educational activities at The Discovery during the week of June 15-21, 2015. Waste reduction and recycling activities were featured from KTMB’s popular Waste Warriors curriculum (made possible by a 2012 Waste Management/KAB Think Green Grant). During “Waste Warriors Week,” The Discovery, KTMB and WM volunteers and staff dedicated more than 240 hours to design and facilitate eight hands-on activities and demonstrations. This project and partnership successfully inspired about 3,000 kids and adults to be creative in the way they reduce their waste and reuse common items they might otherwise throw away or recycle, further encouraging them to practice and share what they learned in the Truckee Meadows community.
Metro Beautification would like to express a big THANK YOU!!!! to Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management for the 2014 Waste Management Think Green Grant. We were able to completely overhaul our recycling education room located in the Waste Management materials recovery facility. This included installing recycled content flooring, painting the walls, installing large live-sized decals of aluminum, plastic, paper and cardboard bales, a cabinet displaying items made from recycled material, as well as installation of a camera and large screen tvs that create a virtual window into the recycling facility. The camera can be controlled in the education room by the kids or adults to see how recyclables are processed. Our education room is rather small, but this grant helped us to maximize the space and create a fun, educational and interactive experience!
On Nov. 14, 2014, we hosted America Recycles Day at Clinton Park School. We challenged the first grade class to a week-long competition to see who could collect the most recyclables. Throughout the week, teachers and students discussed the importance of recycling and the impact it has on a community. The winning class received a $100 donation from Keep Mississippi Beautiful. On the last day of the contest, city officials, Keep Mississippi Beautiful representatives, and Waste Management representatives gathered with 400 first graders to speak about and encourage them to continue their efforts at school, home, in the community, and to commit to recycling as a way of life. A check presentation was made at a recent school event celebration.
On June 9th, 10th & 11th, the Northeast Environmental Team (NEET) and members of Keep Haltom City Beautiful hosted its 21st annual Enviro-Camp for 38 3rd-5th grade students from the Birdville Independent School District (BISD) at the BISD Environmental Study Center. The theme around this year’s camp was… birds!
Over the course of the three days, campers were busy taking part in an array of activities. Highlights included listening to a guest speaker who came with 5 rescued raptors, a field trip to the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Centre in Cedar Hill, Texas, and a bird-watching nature hike expedition led by a local bird-watching expert. Oh—and who could forget the delectable s’mores!?
It’s no surprise with highlights like these that Enviro-Camp 2015 was a great success! We can’t wait to hear about the fun next year’s Enviro-Camp brings to students of Haltom City.
On May 11, 2015, Euharlee Elementary School received the Grand Prize for winning Keep Bartow Beautiful’s Ninth Annual School Recycling Contest. A well-known North Georgia Professional Wildlife and Animal Education Company, Wildlife Wonders, presented a school-wide program for the students. Euharlee collected 80,060 pounds of mixed paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles to win the prize, or 135.2 pounds per student for the 592 students. Winners were awarded $4,000 worth of prizes in three divisions. This year, 26 schools/school facilities recycled 423,080 pounds of cans, bottles, cardboard boxes, and mixed paper.
The contest began with eight schools and the support of Anheuser-Busch Recycling and the Cartersville Anheuser-Busch Brewery, with the local operation providing ongoing support. The results have been astonishing — over 2,000 tons of recyclable materials have been recovered voluntarily through Bartow County, the City of Cartersville, and Excel Academy schools through voluntary teams of teachers, students, parents and staff, with the support of Bartow County Solid Waste.
Tom Bennett of Wildlife Wonders wows the crowd with an albino boa constrictor. Bennett explains to the students how they help protect wildlife habitat, such as jungles, forests, rivers and regions mined for minerals, when they recycle.
Waste Management Think Green Grant – “Where Does Waste Go?” Field Trips!
Keep Charleston Beautiful (KCB) , Charleston County Environmental Management, and Charleston County School District teamed up for the 2014/2015 Keep America Beautiful/Waste Management Think Green Grant to provide free field trips for local schools to the area’s recycling center and landfill/compost facility. School transportation was paid for using grant funds and Charleston County provided free tours upon arrival. Charleston County School District promoted the grant through emails and website posts.
KCB was thrilled to received applications for the free trips from 23 different schools, 12 of which are Title I schools. Nineteen schools went on the trips using grant-provided funds. Thirteen teachers responded to the follow-up survey: nine indicated they would not have been able to send their students on these field trips without the Think Green Grant; two teachers said they possibly could have but likely not; two said they would have gone without grant funds.
The Think Green Grant also provided KCB with the opportunity to print customized posters featuring real students inspiring other students. The posters are provided for free to all schools in Charleston.
The KAB/Waste Management Think Green Grant provided over 1,200 local students with the opportunity to learn where their waste goes. THANK YOU!
Who doesn’t like going to school and ending the year off with a bang! That is exactly what these middle schoolers did before their summer vacation! The local middle school, Lewis Frasier, received a STEM grant to begin constructing an Outdoor Classroom. The STEM program is in conjunction with Georgia Southern University to promote and explore the fields of Science, Technology, and Mathematics in the schools. With the help of other local sponsors and volunteers, the Outdoor Classroom was completed and a ribbon cutting was held before the last day of school! The classroom will be used all of next year where the students will be able to admire the beauty of all the plants and trees they have throughout the garden! Thanks to all who made this possible!
As part of the Great American Cleanup, Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) in Alcoa, Tenn., hosted WaterFest on May 8, 2015. The event took place at KBB’s EcoCenter, an educational facility on the property of local sponsor Denso Manufacturing. Every year, WaterFest is a huge success and this year was no exception. 260 students came out, along with some parents and teachers, to learn about water quality through games and hands-on activities.