Keep Bartow Beautiful, Cartersville, GA

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.

Keep Charleston Beautiful, Charleston, SC

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!

Keep Liberty Beautiful Hinesville, GA

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!

Keep Blount Beautiful, Alcoa, Tenn.

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.

Keep Stockwell Beautiful, Inc Stockwell, IN

KSB had the pleasure of hosting the McCutcheon High School class at the James Cole Outdoor Education Center.  The students look forward to spending the afternoon in the JCOEC.  They can kick back and watch the birds, fish, enjoy the wetlands and just get in touch with nature.  Fishing is probably their favorite activity.  Competition is steep to see who is the “expert” at fishing in the Cole Pond!

Keep York County Beautiful, SC & Rock Hill Clean & Green

The 5th Annual York County Green Business Conference was a success with 20 exhibitors, expert panels and roundtable discussions. Topics included energy saving options for business and industry; solar legislation; waste reduction/recycling; storm water, employee participation and state of the state.

Keep Charleston Beautiful, Charleston, SC

On March 21, 2015, Keep Charleston Beautiful will host its first professional development workshop for local middle school teachers. The workshop will focus on the importance of proper waste management, stormwater runoff and marine debris. Marine Debris, which is any man-made debris or trash which enters the marine environment, is a growing problem that can easily be seen here in the Lowcountry. At the 2013 Beach Sweep/River Sweep, a one-day statewide cleanup event, 4.7 tons of litter was collected from Charleston area beaches and rivers.

In order to improve education, increase public awareness, and foster community involvement, this free one-day workshop will explore the sources and impacts of marine debris and, most importantly, constructive actions which can be taken to help create a cleaner, more beautiful Charleston. Designed by KCB’s education intern and College of Charleston Master of Environmental Studies Candidate Montana Jernigan, this workshop, entitled “Talking Trash: Marine Debris and the Environment,” will present hands-on and engaging activities while also meeting the needs of local teachers through alignment with state science standards.

For more information about this teacher workshop, click here.

If you are a Charleston County teacher interested in participating in this workshop please contact Montana Jernigan at jerniganm@g.cofc.edu or register here.

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, NV

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful (KLVB) team members along with Lowe’s Heroes volunteer employees, teachers and students successfully installed Outdoor Garden Classrooms at three local elementary schools, thanks to a $20,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant awarded to KLVB .

KLVB selected schools in need of garden projects which are qualified Title One schools with at least 90% of the students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Schools selected for the KLVB Outdoor Garden Classrooms are also located within City of Las Vegas’ Neighborhood Risk Assessment Program areas. This program is a coordinated approach to identifying targeted neighborhoods that can be revitalized based on a strategic and collective focus of resources and programs.

Each school received up to five 8’ x 4’ raised beds with soil, seeds, automatic drip irrigation and a year of maintenance. In addition, the schools will get weekly visits from a local farmer, who will teach students and teachers how to take care of the garden, plant and harvest, as well as a free curricula for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons concurrent with Nevada State Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards along with free teacher training. The program also organizes visits from local chefs to demonstrate how to cook food from the garden, teaches students how to organize and run a farmers’ market, and offers a Junior Master Gardener’s program.