Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

The Lakeview Community Civic Organization (LCCO) coordinated its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Neighborhood Cleanup. Keep Guntersville Beautiful assisted in this worthy endeavor by providing gloves, safety vests, bags, litter picker sticks and calling for volunteers. Volunteers assembled at Williamson-Harris Park for a breakfast provided by the LCCO. Afterwards, teams spent three hours picking up trash and collecting recyclables throughout the Lakeview neighborhood. The Guntersville Police Department, the LCCO and their partners in the Building Bridges Task Force will receive a Distinguished Service Citation for Community Improvement Litter Prevention & Revitalization for such service projects at the KAB National Conference Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2015.

Keep Moore County Beautiful, Carthage, NC

On December 18, 2014 seven Keep Moore County Beautiful (KMCB) board members and friends conducted a roadside cleanup of Highway 15-501, Carthage, North Carolina. KMCB participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program and is responsible for both sides of 15-501 for the one mile section of roadway between Morganton Road and the entrance to Fairwoods on 7.

The volunteers all watched a safety video provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) prior to the event. Safety vests, trash bags and “grabbers” were provided by the KMCB administration.

Bob Coates, a KMCB board member said “It was a great event and very satisfying to have so many of our members pitch in and help get this well traveled section of road looking good again.”

14 bags of trash were collected and taken to the landfill and a report submitted to NCDOT. Cigarette butts and lottery tickets were the most prevalent form of litter encountered. Organizations who adopt a section of highway commit to doing cleanups a minimum of four times a year. KMCB will be doing this section of road again in late March 2015.

OKC Beautiful

On Saturday, October 25th the OKC Beautiful Teen Board held their fall Service Project made possible by a Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant. The goal of the project was to revitalize the school grounds of Britton Elementary school. The school is located on the Northwest side of Oklahoma City in a low-income, minority populated area. The school itself suffers from lack of funding and consequently received an “F” Student Performance Grade rating in 2013 based on their Standardized Test results. 100% of the students that attend this school are on the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Many of the students live in apartment complexes and the only green spaces they regularly interact with are the school grounds. Revitalizing the school grounds not only benefits the students, but impacts the surrounding community who then can be inspired to clean up their own yards. By providing a clean, beautiful and inviting space to the students we are showing them that their community cares about them.

The day of the project the teens cleared away dead plants and trees. They trimmed up existing shrubs and planted new, more sustainable plants such as Crape Myrtles, Vitex and Hollys. The teens also painted playground benches, picnic tables and playground equipment. Volunteers from the Britton PTA and students from the University of Oklahoma joined the teens in the clean-up effort. By the end of the day the school grounds were looking so much better! It is amazing how a little effort can make such a big difference.

KEEP MOORE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL, CARTHAGE, NC

Thanks to all our Big Sweep volunteers. Scott Dunlap got up and picked up trash at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, October 11th, for our second Big Sweep Event in Robbins, Bear Creek. We wondered why there wasn’t as much trash as usual. Thanks, Bob Coates and Fred Shuker, Board Members from Keep Moore County Beautiful. Besides Scott we had William, Lynne, and River McDuffie, Mark Garner, Cynthia Reeves, and Dave and Lisa Hobbs, all from Foothills Outdoors. We picked up 20 bags of trash, one mattress, air conditioner casing, and 3 tires. Our three main canoe and kayak access points (Spies rd. 705 bridge, and Reynolds Mill bridge) were the focus of this years clean up. The water was too low to do much in the creek. River was able to get in her boat at Reynolds Mill, and removed a lot of trash from around the bridge. But we had a successful day Keeping Moore County Beautiful.

Keep Houston Beautiful, Houston, Texas

During the Great American Cleanup, Keep Houston Beautiful teamed up with the Houston Housing Authority and more than 200 youths from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to replenish the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village. The youths planted more than 140 native trees, generously donated by the Apache Foundation, throughout the property. Thank you to our community partners, the Apache Foundation and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company who each contributed generous in-kind donations of materials. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno, NV

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) staff is so excited to be involved with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Summer of Sustainability, put on by the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Research: Academy for the Environment.

The summer activities center around Reused + Recycled = Art, an incredible show of recycled art from community artists — including some incredibly talented high school and college students — and anchored by plastic-debris art from nationally known ocean researcher Bonnie Monteleone of the Plastic Ocean Project.

Wherever Bonnie takes her art, she tries to do a cleanup in the area, and that’s where KTMB came in! UNR students and staff joined Bonnie at Rock Park in Sparks, NV, on June 12 to kick off the Summer of Sustainability activities with a river and park cleanup. Because Rock Park was heavily used over the Fourth of July weekend, Reused Recycled Art volunteers’ work was much appreciated. We also cleared weeds, spread mulch and our volunteers spread out along the river to clean up Gateway Park as well.

And we got a special surprise: About a week before the Summer of Sustainability cleanup, Corina from KIND Healthy Grains emailed to say she noticed we were having a cleanup and, since she’d be in the area, could she bring us some bars for our volunteers? WOW! The volunteers loved the bars (and Deanna’s watermelon, yum!), and we gathered up about 45 bags of micro-trash (the “big” item of the day was drink-box straw wrappers — hang on to those, people!) and weeds from Rock Park.

Reused + Recycled = Art officially opened on July 13. It’s an amazing show for adults and kids alike. From high-fashion wearable art to huge cardboard dinosaurs, this show has something for everyone and is a truly fascinating look at what we can do with “trash.” Videos about the art and trash, including Incline High School’s Plastic Footprint (included in the show) and KTMB’s Waste Warriors video, are included.

The show opened with an amazing presentation by Bonnie Monteleone, detailing her travels around the world and what she’s found in the oceans she’s studied — in a word: plastic. Bonnie gave the audience many reasons to care about the problem of all this plastic in the ocean, but also careful to give us many everyday ways to mitigate the problem and much hope for the future if we act now.

More activities are planned throughout the summer, and the art show will be on display until the end of September.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful – Great American Cleanup of PA

Pennsylvania has some awesome and very devoted volunteers! If you go to our website for the Great American Cleanup of PA, you’ll see many of the photos that they sent us. This picture was taken in Luzerne County by the Community Pride group. Our Facebook page has many photos of our volunteers as well.

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia, PA

What a difference just a few hours and some amazing volunteers can make.

This past Saturday, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, along with the City of Philadelphia, were proud to team up with Dow Chemical’s Propel to Excel training and talent development program to transform the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. In three short hours, 200 top Dow engineers helped revitalize a community hub that serves hundreds of Philadelphia’s children and families each year. Dow volunteers refreshed the outdoor fencing running the perimeter of Lonnie Young, painted multiple rooms throughout the Center, refurbished outdoor benches, planted new flower beds, and built additional shelving for the Center’s auditorium. Much of the paint used on Saturday was donated by Dow through the Community Paint Donation Program, another partnership with Keep America Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful work every day to create and sustain vibrant communities, and this past Saturday’s success is a perfect example of how we could not fulfill that mission without the commitment to good citizenship of partners like Dow. We encourage you to find out more about Dow’s Corporate Citizenship work (http://bit.ly/1rjxebx), and to visit Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (www.keepphiladelphiabeautiful.org) online to see how you get involved in helping to keep your community beautiful. We also hope you will take a moment to look through our pictures from Saturday’s big event (http://on.fb.me/1p1WheG), to see the impact we made.