KAB announces tiller grant winner

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in News, Press Release

Arkansas Interfaith & Power awarded grant for The Promise Garden in Little Rock The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) announced Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light (AIPL) as the winner of the Troy-Bilt Colt FT Garden Tiller grant. Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light currently works with The Promise Garden, located at 12th and Peyton streets in Little Rock. This teaching garden offers hands-on training and resources that allow neighbors to begin personal gardens at home. AIPL has been involved in the garden since 2013; the garden benefits 40 families. AIPL’s goal behind The Promise Garden is to teach self-sufficient and sustainable methods for growing local, fresh and organic foods, while providing cooking classes utilizing produce from the garden. Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light’s hope is to develop a “food oasis” in what is currently described as a “food desert,” or an area that offers little to no fresh food. The tiller, donated to KAB by Keep America Beautiful, has a value of $420 and will help AIPL expand its garden, giving it the ability to provide for more families. Its plan for the extra produce is to share it through the food pantry at the 12th Street Clinic. AIPL also plans to educate neighbors and families on how to properly use a tiller. Keep Arkansas Beautiful began accepting grant applications online July 5 and closed the grant on August 1. AIPL will be awarded the grant at a Great Arkansas Cleanup event planned for Sept. 8 in Little Rock. “We are so excited to be able to help a local community by providing the tools needed to help educate and feed families,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager of KAB. “We truly believe that Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light will make great use of this tiller, and continue to teach and provide for families in Little Rock.”...

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Little Rock businessman tapped as next KAB Commission director

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in News, Press Release

LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 21, 2017) – Businessman Mark Camp of Little Rock has been chosen as the new director of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission. Camp succeeds Robert Phelps, who retired July 1 after nearly 20 years in the position. “Mark has a keen interest and high ideals related to keeping our state litter-free,” said Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT), of which KAB is a division. “His business acumen and leadership skills, paired with his personal passion, will serve the state well. He understands the impact KAB’s mission has on our state’s No. 2 economic driver – tourism – and I’m ready to work with him to continue identifying creative solutions and effective tools toward a clean, green and litter-free Natural State.” Camp expressed enthusiasm for this new opportunity. “I love Arkansas! I care about our beautiful state,” he said. “The litter on our roadways has always been a personal pet peeve, and I’m anxious to dig in, meet and brainstorm with those who are also passionate about this issue, and continue to build KAB’s programs and presence around the...

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Cool Off with Low-impact Summertime Activities

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in News, Uncategorized

With the abnormally cool weather we’ve seen in Arkansas this year, now’s the time to get out and enjoy all the state has to offer with low-impact water activities! Arkansas is home to some of the most beautiful rivers, lakes and waterways–here are a few ways to enjoy them while keeping the state clean and green! Crowley’s Ridge Swimming Hole Image courtesy of Crowley’s Ridge State Park  Camping and enjoying natural watering holes on the weekend are great ways to end the summer! Areas like Crowley’s Ridge State Park at the Chalk Bluff Natural Area are ideal, as the spring-fed lake offers cool and calm waters. The Crowley’s Ridge area also houses two swinging bridges, pedal boat rentals and kayaks throughout the year. Each of these activities are low-impact on the environment, creating little waste and a lot of fun! Plastic is one of the greatest forms of waste that affects a lake’s ecosystem, and is primarily due campers to disposing of waste and trash improperly. “Pack-in and Pack-out,” is a program created by Leave No Trace and utilized by Arkansas Parks to encourage campers and visitors to essentially carry out everything that they have brought into the campsite. If considered waste, these items should also be disposed of properly when leaving the area. If it’s adventure you’re looking for, low-impact sports like kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are a great start! Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area boasts clear waters. This scenic adventure is for the more experienced kayak and canoe enthusiasts. When the water level is normal, the river’s rapids are usually considered Class II-III whitewater. Guests can swim, fish, and float through riffles and small rapids as they relax and enjoy the mesmerizing waters near the Sugar Creek area. The natural area’s 5,401 acres emphasize outdoor recreation, river preservation and environmental education. Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission manage the park. It is important to remember that while on the river, all trash should be kept in mesh bags and tied to your kayak or boat. Arkansas boating laws now include laws regarding litter and do not allow materials such as glass and Styrofoam on Arkansas waterways. For more information about Arkansas Boating Litter Laws, please visit the Litter Laws page from Arkansas.com. DeGray Lake Snorkle and Scuba Image courtesy of Arkansas State Parks For the advanced sportsman and fisherman, a new trend is popping up over at DeGray Lake: spearfishing! Spearfishing has become quite popular on DeGray Lake’s clear waters with a season that runs through the fall. The park offers over 1,000 different programs from snorkeling and swimming tours, to kayak, scuba, and spearfishing lessons. The environmental low-impact of spearfishing versus hook-and-line fishing is tremendous. Spearfishing requires no fishing line, which is the biggest source of litter left by fishermen and one of the most lethal for Arkansas wildlife. These...

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Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s statewide cleanup campaign launches Sept. 9

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in News, Press Release

Arkansans encouraged to volunteer in local cleanups LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 1, 2017) – Each fall, Arkansans improve their communities by volunteering in the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission’s (KAB) annual litter pickup and community cleanup event .This year’s GAC will kickoff Saturday, Sept. 9, with cleanups already scheduled around the state, and will continue through October. Communities and organizations in two-thirds of Arkansas’s counties hosted more than 140 local cleanup events last year. More than 7,000 volunteers picked up about 210,000 pounds of litter from roughly 1,735 miles of roadway and waterway and collected more than 900,000 pounds of bulky waste. “That level of dedication to removing other people’s litter is inspirational, and we hope that this year we see some sort of cleanup event being hosted in every county in Arkansas,” said Liz Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We know – and share – the pride Arkansans have in being an Arkansan and living in The Natural State. We know that all across this beautiful place, everyone wants Arkansas to be litter-free.” Those who would like to organize an event in their community or volunteer for a local event can email info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com, call toll-free 888-742-8701 or visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. Organizers may access free promotional tools, such as a cleanup instructional video and printable publicity materials, from KAB’s website. KAB will also provide cleanup materials and supplies, such as T-shirts, trash bags, gloves and safety vests, to local events (while supplies last) to those organizers who register their local cleanup with the KAB office. 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.   ...

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Great American Cleanup in Arkansas collects nearly 7 million pounds of trash

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in News, Press Release

LITTLE ROCK (July 11, 2017) – Volunteers participating in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, a three month-long event promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), removed 6.9 million pounds of litter and bulky waste during the statewide cleanup effort. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas involved more than 6,100 volunteers at 166 events statewide who contributed a combined 38,511 hours toward improving their communities. These cleanups cleared litter from 725 miles of roadside and 156 miles of waterway. “We are so pleased to have increased the number of statewide cleanups and volunteer hours in this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas,” said Liz Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We collected an astounding amount of bulky waste and picked up litter left by others, all of which could not be without the continued support and loyalty of our coordinators and their local volunteers.” 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, visit kab.org.   -30-...

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Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission opens applications for Troy-Bilt Tiller Grant

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in News

Community groups, beautification committees encouraged to apply LITTLE ROCK (July 3, 2017) – Keep Arkansas Beautiful is offering a Troy-Bilt Colt FT Garden Tiller as a grant to an organization that currently has a community garden (including vegetable, flower, butterfly, pocket, etc.). The tiller has a value of $420 and is a one-time grant for a deserving community garden. Keep Arkansas Beautiful will begin accepting grant applications online July 5. The tiller grant will be awarded to one community group, garden or beautification committee that successfully illustrates the positive impact the tiller will have on their garden and their community. “All organizations, groups or committees statewide are encouraged to apply for the tiller grant,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB. “We are grateful that KAB has the opportunity to help a deserving community in their beautification efforts.” Applications for the tiller grant will close Aug. 1 and the winner will be notified Aug. 15. Those who would like to submit a grant application or would like more information on requirements for the grant can visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com and find the Tiller Grant application under the Community Resources tab. 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 A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. KAB envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 state- and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates and millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials and individuals. To donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow Keep America Beautiful on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.   -30-  ...

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