Keep Arkansas Beautiful, local groups earn national awards from Keep America Beautiful

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in News

Awards presented at recent national conference The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) and several local organizations have been recognized with honors from Keep America Beautiful Inc., the nation’s premier community environmental improvement organization. KAB has earned its seventh consecutive Diamond Level State Affiliate designation. Arkansas is one of only 15 states to attain Diamond Level status, which is awarded to Keep America Beautiful certified state affiliates that have received five consecutive President’s Circle Gold Awards. Additionally, nine Keep America Beautiful certified community affiliates in Arkansas qualified for the President’s Circle Award: Keep Bryant Beautiful Keep Camden Beautiful Keep Fayetteville Beautiful Keep Fort Smith Beautiful Keep Little Rock Beautiful Keep North Little Rock Beautiful Keep Ozark Beautiful Keep Sherwood Beautiful Keep Van Buren Beautiful Arkansas was among three states nationwide with the largest percentage of its certified community affiliates attaining President’s Circle status. “One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.” President’s Circle recognition is the highest honor given to affiliates that annually meet or exceed a set of specific requirements. President’s Circle affiliates received a certificate for their achievement and were recognized at the national conference attended by their peers from around the country. 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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Arkansans encouraged to organize, volunteer in local cleanups

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in News

Great American Cleanup launches March 20, first day of spring Each year, thousands of Arkansans improve the quality of life in their communities by volunteering in the national Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas. The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) encourages Arkansans to organize a local cleanup or volunteer in a local cleanup of their choice. 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 839,000+ pounds of bulky waste from just over 780 miles of roadsides, trails and shorelines. These volunteers, who donated 35,000 hours of their time to clean up other people’s litter, also collected 3,600 tires and 45,000 pounds of electronics for recycling, planted 3,000+ trees, shrubs and flowers, and cleaned up 44 illegal dumping sites and 1,100+ acres of parks and public areas. “When volunteers come together for the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, they are joining millions of others across the country who are working to preserve the natural beauty and economic vitality of their communities,” said Elizabeth Philpott, Keep Arkansas Beautiful volunteer program manager. “Everyone wants to live, work, play and visit in a clean and green place – in communities that are more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound – and it’s up to all of us to make that happen.” Volunteers statewide are encouraged to get involved in the annual cleanup and beautification campaign. Those interested in organizing a Great American Cleanup event in their community can find a registration form and how-to video at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. For those interested in volunteering at a local event, check out the Calendar of Events on the KAB website to find an already-organized event near you. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three 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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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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