Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful Hosts First Civil Society Workshop

Keep America Beautiful’s Director of Special Projects Sue Smith was invited by the United States Department of State to participate in Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful’s first civil society workshop in Georgetown, Guyana. The workshop aimed to share best practices of promoting environmental stewardship and equipping civil society organizations with knowledge and information about recycling, composting, and other grassroots actions civil society organizations can take on the environment.

The workshop was officially opened by United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt and facilitated by Smith, Dr. Rosh Khan of SocialRank Media and Steve Douglas of Bravo Arts. The Mayor of Georgetown, His Worship Hamilton Green, was also in attendance.  Smith shared ideas and strategies on how to apply KAB’s five-step process to combat littering. Smith’s visit was made possible by the U.S. Department of State Speaker Program.

The workshop was attended by staff members of various nonprofit organizations such as Youths for Guyana, Georgetown Stabroek Leo Club, Caribbean Youth Environmental Network – Guyana, U.S. Embassy’s Youth Action Network, Enmore Youth Development Group, Global Shapers Georgetown Hub, Bravo Arts, Rotaract Club, University of Guyana, Linden Shines, Berbice Shines, Everything Makes Craft, and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.

Formally launched on June 1, 2014, the Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful project will continue until June 2015 with focused messaging on the environment through “education” and “action” elements.  These will include a series of environmental workshops for civil society and private sector partners, training and collaboration with schools and environmental clubs, radio and TV public service announcements; the creation of protected green spaces, and weekly cleanups.

The Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful project is implemented by Youths for Guyana and receives financial support from the U.S. Department of State as well as corporate donors including ExxonMobil, Caribbean Containers Inc., the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Republic Bank.

NC Marine Debris Symposium, Sneads Ferry, NC

Bronwen Evans, Keep America Beautiful’s director of litter programs, presented at the Second Annual NC Marine Debris Symposium in Sneads Ferry, N.C., last week.

Lisa Rider of Keep Onslow Beautiful and her team did an incredible job organizing the event which included marine debris issues, waste reduction, recycling, litter prevention, clean marinas, and green tourism. Evans’ Cigarette Litter Prevention Program session was very well-received and generated a lot of interest: how to keep cigarette butts off the beach is a hot topic!

Keep America Beautiful staff participated in a couple of cleanups at beautiful Topsail Beach (above), networked with a great group of people, and worked to make the whole event “zero waste.”

Hobbs State Park, Arkansas

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe declared July 2014 as “Lakes Appreciation Month” in Arkansas. To help celebrate, Hobbs State Park teamed up with the Beaver Watershed Alliance to host a cleanup of Beaver Lake. Seventy-five volunteers worked together to help remove approximately 2,000 pounds of litter from in and around Beaver Lake. They were able to recycle about 20 pounds of waste, as well as 25 tires. In total, they cleaned about 25 miles of waterways, shorelines, roadways, and trails, as well as 12 acres around the Arkansas State Park.

Keep Chicago Beautiful- Bud Light Do Good. Have Fun. Event

On Saturday, May 31, about 100 volunteers participated in the Bud Light Do Good. Have Fun. event at Calumet Park in Chicago. Calumet Park is a historic park of nearly 200 acres, including a beach, numerous playing fields, a basketball court, and a running track. Through the coordination of the Chicago Park District, Keep Chicago Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, volunteers showed up ready and willing to make this project a success. The basketball court was re-striped, the standards and backboards were painted, and new nets were hung. At the same time, volunteers raked tons of limestone screenings onto the running track, transforming it from a narrow cinder path into a seven-foot-wide running path. Bags of winter debris were gathered up. It was a nice surprise to the volunteers when they were able to partake in free throw contests with prizes ranging from coolers to concert tickets. After the work was done, volunteers celebrated their efforts together with some refreshing Bud Light. The weather was perfect, the volunteers were enthusiastic, and the park looked spectacular—another successful Keep Chicago Beautiful event!

A huge thank you to Bud Light for their generous support of Keep Chicago Beautiful and to the Calumet Park community for providing a welcome transformation that will sustain the Calumet Park community for many years to come.

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful

On May 10th, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB ), which brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, launched the 16th annual Great American Cleanup in the City of Riverside. Over 700 community volunteers took on the critical neighborhoods at 38 cleanup sites citywide. Projects included: litter and weed abatement, graffiti eradication, cleaning city waterways, E-waste collection and 50 trees were planted along Alessandro Blvd. and Cannon Road. Special thanks go to the crews from Athens Services, Burrtec Waste Industries and CR&R Environmental Services for following the volunteer’s efforts that day, collecting over 12,000 lbs. of litter, debris, weeds and bulky items.

Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” Event

The staff of Keep Austin Beautiful and more than 60 volunteers spent their Saturday morning giving a local Austin park, Bartholomew Park, a huge face lift! As part of the Bud Light Do Good. Have Fun. program with Keep America Beautiful, volunteers mulched a large section of trees to assist with survival during the upcoming summer heat, painted sections of weathered wooden bleachers and repainted graffiti covered buildings with fresh vibrant new colors. The park and ball fields had not been maintained for many years and the improvement was remarkable!

After the project was completed, volunteers participated in a pickup softball game, where fun prizes such as coolers, gift cards, and concert tickets were given away courtesy of Bud Light. After the game, everyone was invited to enjoy a cold Bud Light and delicious tacos from Chi’Lantro!