As part of the Great American Cleanup, Keep Newnan Beautiful partnered with the Grenzebach Corporation for their annual Earth Day Cleanup. We were excited to have Home Depot and Spring Hill Suites join us as partners this year. Volunteers from these groups cleaned up Newnan Crossing Boulevard East to commemorate Earth Day. Our sponsors, Starbucks Coffee, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Country Inn and Suites and Office Depot provided us with coffee, boxed lunches, a space for volunteers to congregate and gift cards! It was a great day and our collection included: twenty-five 30 gallon bags of trash, three 30 gallon bags of plastics, one 13 gallon bag of aluminum cans, and two 13 gallon bags of glass.
The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission hosted their third Great American Cleanup event on May 17 at the Warren Prairie Natural Area. Approximately 20 volunteers helped remove about 900 pounds of litter from 4 miles surrounding the area. Way to go, ANHC!
The Ozark Vein Center recently hosted “Stomping out Trash with Class!” at Iam’s Dog Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas! This was their first time to coordinate and host a Great American Cleanup event. They collected approximately 60 pounds of litter from in and around the dog park. Xena, one of the volunteer’s dogs, was a big help for removing hard to reach litter!
The group enjoyed the cleanup so much that they also started cleaning a bike trail in Bentonville! We are so proud of their efforts to help keep Northwest Arkansas beautiful!
It’s not an easy task to plant a forest and save one all in a day’s work; however, a group of Dow volunteers made it look simple. As part of Dow’s 2014 Great American Cleanup, volunteers planted 146 trees to create the new forest at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI, on May 14. The group was also busy saving an existing forest by removing garlic mustard seed, an exotic invasive species. In total, 14 different species of trees were planted by 30 volunteers.
The work put in by the volunteers will have a lasting effect on the local environment and the community will be able to enjoy it for years to come.
“The diverse trees planted will allow a place for birds and other wildlife to nest and eat,” said Tom Lenon, director of land and facilities at Chippewa Nature Center. “Plus, it will bring beauty to the region as the season change and the fall colors are in full bloom.”
Community outreach has been an essential element to Dow since its founding in 1897. The Great American Cleanup is a key initiative of Dow’s Contributing to Community Success objective as part of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Goals.
“Giving back is part of who we are at Dow,” said Mike Witt, global leader at Dow. “My team and I are always excited to volunteer, and projects like this allow us to have a lasting effect on our community that generations of people can enjoy.
The tree planting initiative is one of more than 60 Great American Cleanup events that Dow will host across the U.S. this year. A national sponsor of the Great American Cleanup since 2008, employees from Dow sites across the U.S. collaborate with local organizations and volunteers in cleanup, recycling, beautification and education initiatives to improve their communities through sustainable solutions for a cleaner and greener tomorrow.
The Gentry Travelers Pathfinder Club hosted a “Trash-A-Thon” in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup on May 18!
Twenty-five volunteers helped collected approximately 400 pounds of litter from in and around Gentry City Park and the Flint Creek Nature Center. This cleanup was also a fundraiser for the organization. Members of the organization had people “sponsor” them for each pound of litter they removed. Funds raised from this cleanup event will help fund their upcoming trip to the 2014 International Camporee. Way to go, Gentry Travelers!
The Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership hosted its 2014 Lake Fayetteville Spring Cleanup on May 10, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.
Seventy-five volunteers gathered to help remove approximately 1,200 pounds of litter from in and around Lake Fayetteville! They were able to recycle 150 pounds of recyclables (plastics and aluminum), as well as three tires! Thanks to the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership for their dedication to keeping Lake Fayetteville beautiful!
The Central Arkansas Master Naturalists coordinated the Clark Wetlands Cleanup in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in April. Volunteers worked for 3.5 hours to remove litter from in and around the William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands at the Clinton Presidential Center. They cleaned approximately 13 acres, removing 600 pounds of litter! Way to go, Central Arkansas Master Naturalists!
Keep Van Buren Beautiful hosted an Electronic-Waste Recycling Event in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup on April 19. The Van Buren High School football team was a tremendous help at the event–unloading 30,000 pounds of e-waste to be recycled! Way to go, KVBB!