Great American Cleanup launches March 20 in Arkansas

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in News

Arkansans encouraged to coordinate local cleanups Arkansans statewide are encouraged to beautify their communities by coordinating a cleanup in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup. The spring cleanup campaign is coordinated and promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) and runs from March 20 through May 31. All Arkansans are encouraged to get involved in this effort to improve the environmental quality and standard of living in communities across the state and nation. Last year’s Great American Cleanup featured 160 local events across the state involving nearly 7,000 Arkansans, who picked up more than 290,000 pounds of litter and collected over 839,000 pounds of bulky waste, from roughly 780 miles of roadway and waterway. “The Great American Cleanup is an excellent opportunity for Arkansans to make a positive impact on the environment, the state and their local communities,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We encourage Arkansans to participate by coordinating a cleanup and helping us preserve and sustain the natural state of Arkansas.” Those who would like to coordinate an event in their community or volunteer for a local event can register at www.KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or email info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com. Coordinators may visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com to access free promotional tools such as a cleanup instructional video and printable publicity materials. KAB will also provide cleanup materials and supplies, such as T-shirts, trash bags, gloves and safety vests to local events, while supplies last. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. About Keep America Beautiful Inc. Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s premier community improvement organization. Founded in 1953, the nonprofit has a network of affiliates around the U.S. focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Keep America Beautiful is recognized as the leader in changing attitudes and behaviors affecting our community environments. Through its actions, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Today, it continues to be the most credible organization in its three focus areas by vigorously pursuing its guiding principles of education, volunteerism, partnership and individual responsibility. For more information,...

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Keep Arkansas Beautiful invites youth to enter statewide poster contest

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in News

The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) encourages all students in kindergarten through fifth grades to enter the annual Great American Cleanup® in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest. Entries are due by March 1. Every year, KAB coordinates the youth poster contest in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas to involve elementary-age students, to increase awareness of the cleanup initiative in Arkansas, and to educate the public about the importance of a clean and green community to economic development, civic pride and environmental quality of life. Prizes will be awarded in two divisions: kindergarten through second grades and third through fifth grades. KAB is providing gift cards for the Top 3 posters in each division. One poster per classroom may be submitted for statewide judging. Scout groups, 4-H clubs and home-schooled students are also encouraged to enter. Contest entries are due no later than March 1, 2017 and must be 8 ½ x 11 in size. KAB and representatives of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas will recognize winners in their local communities during March and April. Winning posters and Honorable Mentions will be displayed in the Thea Foundation’s art gallery on Main Street in North Little Rock April 10-14, as well as on KAB’s Facebook page. Additional information about contest rules and entry is available at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, by emailing info@KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or by calling 888-742-8701 toll-free. The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May. Opportunities to participate in local events can be found on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com About Keep Arkansas Beautiful The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  About Keep America Beautiful Inc. Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s premier community improvement organization. Founded in 1953, the nonprofit has a network of affiliates around the U.S. focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Keep America Beautiful is recognized as the leader in changing attitudes and behaviors affecting our community environments. Through its actions, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Today, it continues to be the most credible organization in its three focus areas by vigorously pursuing its guiding principles of education, volunteerism, partnership and individual responsibility. For more information, visit...

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Elrod, Rogers to lead commission in 2017

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in News

Dr. Mark Elrod of Conway has been elected by his fellow commissioners to serve a one-year term as chairman of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, and Mary Joe Rogers of Stamps has been re-elected to a second one-year term as vice chairwoman. Elrod, who represents Congressional District 2, and Rogers, representing Congressional District 4, will serve their terms for the 2017 calendar year beginning in January. Elrod is a visiting assistant professor in the political science department at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He was appointed to a six-year term on the KAB Commission in 2014; his term on the commission expires in 2020. Rogers is retired as the Lafayette County circuit clerk. She was appointed to a six-year term on the commission in 2014; her term also expires in 2020. About the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage its programs. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and...

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Governor proclaims Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day in Arkansas

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in News

Arkansans encouraged to take recycling pledge, recycle in their everyday lives Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) is encouraging Arkansans to participate in America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, which Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed as Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day in Arkansas. In his proclamation, Governor Hutchinson wrote: “Although there has been a significant increase in the amount of recycling in Arkansas to date, we must also continue to focus on other initiatives such as waste reduction, composting, the reuse of products and materials, and purchasing recycled products.” KAB is inspiring Arkansans to participate in America Recycles Day by: Taking the “I Recycle” pledge at AmericaRecyclesDay.org Organizing a local recycling event; register at AmericaRecyclesDay.org/events Delivering recyclable materials to a nearby recycling center. Find a recycler near you on the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s website at http://bit.ly/1PD57xT Sharing their recycling efforts and activities on social media by tagging photos with #BeRecycledAR “Recycling aids in the conservation of Arkansas’s abundant natural resources, protects its beauty and helps the economy prosper,” said Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB. “All Arkansans are encouraged to take part in America Recycles Day by pledging to reduce, reuse and recycle.” About America Recycles Day America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is celebrated on Nov. 15. Each year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission promotes America Recycles Day in Arkansas. This nationally recognized day is dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling. In honor of this day, people all over the nation are encouraged to take the “I Recycle” pledge at AmericaRecyclesDay.org. In addition to taking the pledge, many will host recycling events, participate in existing events or get involved by showing their support on social media. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage its programs. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and...

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Fort Smith’s beautification efforts pay dividends

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in News

By Robert Phelps, appeared in the Southwest Times Record on Monday, October 10, 2016 I believe the people within the sphere of influence of the Times Record are extremely well served by this exceptional community asset. Time after time I have enjoyed following the paper’s supporting stories of individuals, groups and organizations that are devoted to improving the appearance and quality of life of Fort Smith, Van Buren and other surrounding communities. Most recently, I applaud the coverage of the certification of Keep Fort Smith Beautiful as a Keep America Beautiful community affiliate and the scenic beautification accomplished by its predecessor, Beautify Fort Smith. The articles, reported by Thomas Saccente, were most impressive; I can’t recall any press representative showing more genuine interest in and support of a community improvement group like he demonstrated. Equally appreciated is the continuing helpful attention and positive reporting that has been afforded to Keep Van Buren Beautiful, which recently celebrated its 10th year as a Keep America Beautiful affiliate. I firmly believe that the publicity and recognition the Times Record has provided KVBB has helped immeasurably in attracting awareness and participation to their efforts in transforming their community attractiveness. By highlighting the efforts and successes of these community environmental improvement organizations, your newspaper encourages civic pride which often stimulates increased volunteerism by appreciative citizens who want to make their area more livable, more attractive to visitors, investors and new residents, more vibrant, cleaner and sustainable. As you share this good news with readers and viewers and raise awareness of beautification efforts, you are also performing a valuable civic contribution and economic benefit to the community. Read more....

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