Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

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.

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 Carroll Beautiful, Carrollton, GA

In observance of Earth Day, eight garden beds were set up at Carrollton Elementary School. Volunteers from Georgia Power, the Maple Leaf Garden Club, and Keep Carroll Beautiful helped pre-K students plant a seed and taught the students about growing plants. Thanks to Lowe’s for donating the soil and making this event 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 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 Van Buren Beautiful, Arkansas

“It all happened because we said, ‘Why are you not recycling?’” explains John Pope, Executive Director of Keep Van Buren Beautiful.

Just five years ago, there was no recycling program to speak of within the Van Buren School District in Van Buren, Arkansas. Then one pointed question from Pope to the District’s Assistant Superintendent started the ball rolling on a program that has now collected over 1,000 tons of recyclables. Pope gave a presentation to the District’s Superintendent and interested faculty, emphasizing that by having recycling in the schools, the students would teach their parents how to recycle at home. He then forged a partnership with GreenSource Recycling, who provided recycling dumpsters which are accessible for community members to drop off their recyclables as well. In the 2014 Recycle-Bowl, King Elementary in Van Buren was the highest ranked Arkansas school in the Community Division. Pope continues to do outreach to schools and businesses in the area to further bolster the now thriving recycling program within the Van Buren School District.

Keep North Platte Lincoln County Beautiful, Nebraska

Lincoln Elementary Art Club Students work with Keep North Platte Lincoln County Beautiful to create a recycled Bottle Cap Mural. KNPLCB helped students create the 12′ x 8′ piece of artwork in an effort to reuse plastic lids, while focusing on ways to keep trash out of the landfill. The bottle cap mural hangs in the entryway at the School.

Captain Planet Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Thanks to the Keep America Beautiful & Lowe’s Community Grant Program, The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) successfully installed the Captain Planet Learning Gardens (CPLG) Program in 8 Ventura County elementary schools, impacting a grand total of 7,425 students!

CPF provided the schools with all necessary Learning Garden Tools to launch the program, including garden installation, interpretive garden signs for self-guided learning, garden-based lesson plans tied to standards (three lessons per grade K-5), lesson supply kits for each lesson, supplies needed to teach lessons outdoors, a mobile cooking cart, 2-day professional development/teacher training workshop, a plan for summer garden maintenance and a ‘Sustainability Toolkit.’

By participating in this program, students came away with a better understanding of their everyday connections to nature, a deeper understanding of food origins, and a heightened interest in fresh foods. When CPF chose Ventura County as a location to host a California Pilot of the CPLG Program, we wanted to:

– Increase the visibility and awareness of Keep America Beautiful within a county where there is currently no KAB affiliate
– Help children in this underserved county make the connection between the food they eat daily and the agricultural basin in which they live.

Through this program, students learned core subjects in the context of a garden, were able to taste and consume fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the garden, and participate in cooking demonstrations facilitated by the mobile cooking cart. Teachers reported that students were extremely receptive to trying new fruits and vegetables and were eager to spend more time in the garden!

Through a series of surveys we collected, we learned that even the teachers benefited a great deal as well! Many of our target educators felt inspired and engaged, felt that the professional development workshop hosted by CPF was one of the best they’ve attended, and in some cases, teachers began to write their own garden based lessons beyond those included with the Program.

Thank you Keep America Beautiful & Lowe’s for allowing CPF to bring our successful Learning Gardens Program to California! We hope to work with you again soon!