KAB celebrates volunteers, partners, House resolution

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News

LITTLE ROCK (March 21, 2017) – Keep Arkansas Beautiful hosted an event yesterday in the Gardens of the Governor’s Mansion to honor the first day of spring, to thank the Arkansas House for passing Resolution 1004, and to celebrate the local coordinators and volunteers who will be cleaning up their communities during the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas this spring. Robert Phelps, executive director of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), recognized Representative Justin Boyd for his dedication to improve litter cleanup statewide by sponsoring House Resolution 1004, while speaking of the importance of litter control in Arkansas. Also recognized for their commitment to a cleaner state were KAB’s fellow state agencies and “partners” in litter education and prevention: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and Arkansas Highway Police Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Arkansas State Parks Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Arkansas Economic Development Commission “As director of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission for the past 18 years, I wholly endorse this resolve and am thankful for the cooperation it advances, which is already alive and well in Arkansas,” said Robert Phelps to the assembled crowd. “But to ultimately prevent litter, the solution is in the hands of individuals, not government.” Volunteers statewide are encouraged to get involved locally in KAB’s 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 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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Winners chosen in statewide youth poster contest

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in News

12 Arkansas schools represented by winners, honorable mentions Six pieces of student artwork conveying messages about keeping Arkansas clean and green have been chosen as winners in the Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB). A panel of judges chose the winning posters from 421 entries from 58 schools and school/youth organizations statewide. Winners in the Grades K-2 division are: First Place – Kalina Garza, a second-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County) Second Place – Shaylah Richie, a second-grader at City Heights Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County) Third Place – Remingtyn Richie, a kindergartner at City Heights Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County) Winners in the Grades 3-5 division include: First Place – Teagan Gabbard, a fourth-grader at George B. Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington (Washington County) Second Place – Avari Golden, a third-grader at Bismarck Elementary School in Bismarck (Hot Spring County) Third Place – Izzy Bailey, a fifth-grader at Episcopal Collegiate Lower School in Little Rock (Pulaski County) Each first-place winner will receive a Walmart gift card valued at $50; each second-place winner, a $35 Walmart gift card; and each third-place winner, a $20 Walmart gift card. The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation sponsors the purchase of the Walmart gift cards. A KAB Commission representative presents each winner with the gift card, his/her poster laminated and a certificate of achievement at a local ceremony. Students receiving an Honorable Mention from the judges include: Brooklyn Calico, a fourth-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County) Ana Castaneda, a fifth-grader at King Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County) Layton Dallas, a first-grader at De Queen Primary School in De Queen (Sevier County) Micaiah Hardage, a first-grader being homeschooled in Malvern (Hot Spring County) Heaven Ipina, a fifth-grader at Marked Tree Elementary in Marked Tree (Poinsett County) Dabney Lovins, a second-grader at Lakewood Elementary School in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) Danielle Pearce, a kindergartner at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County) Madilyn Pearce, a first-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County) Elise Pinkerton, a fourth-grader at George B. Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington (Washington County) Kayden Price, a third-grader at Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) Caleb Putnam, a third-grader at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock (Pulaski County) Patrick Sheehan, a fifth-grader at CATO Elementary School in Sherwood (Pulaski County) The winning pieces and honorable mentions will be shown April 10-14 at the Thea Foundation gallery in downtown North Little Rock. The winning entries and honorable mentions are also posted on Facebook.com/KeepArkansasBeautiful. The Youth Poster Contest is part of the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas campaign, the spring statewide community cleanup effort promoted annually by KAB, a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.   About Thea Foundation The THEA Foundation, established in 2001,...

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Three Tiny Habits to a Cleaner Community

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in News

Image courtesy of www.strangerwall.wordpress.com Picking up that piece of litter left by someone else is not necessarily a habit for most people. But, it could be. Keep Arkansas Beautiful challenges YOU to take a play out of the Great American Cleanup’s handbook this year and help clean YOUR block! According to B.J. Fogg, a psychologist and researcher at Stanford University who has studied behavior change for more than 20 years, one needs to design behavior changes that are both easy to do and can be seamlessly slipped into your existing routine. Consider these: Image courtesy of www.youtube.com Pick Up Someone Else’s Litter While walking into work tomorrow, find one piece of someone else’s litter and throw it away – that’s achievable, right? By doing so, you can help transform public places into beautiful spaces, and your peers will notice. This small act shows civic pride in your community and can aid you in helping others create an environmentally healthy and socially connected neighborhood for everyone. Image courtesy of www.studeri.org Recycle Your Plastic Bottles The first step with this action is washing out your plastic bottles. Did you know an item cannot be recycled unless it is cleared of all food and waste particles? That’s one of the biggest reasons that most of our items never actually become recycled but end up in landfills. Do your environment a favor and wash out your plastic bottles before tossing them into the recycling bin. You will find, as time goes on, that recycling other items will become easier and part of your daily habit.   Image courtesy of www.littlestepsbigimpact.com Volunteer Start small and volunteer for a local cleanup! Community organizations across the state host local cleanups and litter pickups annually. Check out the Calendar of Events on the KAB website to find an event near you. Last year’s spring Great American Cleanup yielded 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 roadsides and shorelines. For those interested in organizing a Great American Cleanup event in their community, a registration form and how-to video can be found at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. Developing tiny habits such as these can make a big difference in your personal life and your community. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” So, be excellent today and tackle those tiny habits with gusto! Before you know it, you can create a cleaner, greener space for you and the community around you....

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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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