14,000 Arkansans produce $1.83 million in volunteer value to state in removing public waste in 2016

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in News, Press Release

LITTLE ROCK (Jan. 5, 2017) – More than 14,000 Arkansas residents volunteered in local activities across the state in 2016 to help make their communities clean and green by picking up more than 2.3 million pounds of litter, bulky waste and used tires to enhance environmental health and beauty. Twice each year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) coordinates and promotes statewide community cleanups and litter pickups: the spring Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas and the fall Great Arkansas Cleanup. The Great American Cleanup is a national program of Keep America Beautiful Inc. and is supported in Arkansas by KAB. All Arkansas communities were encouraged to organize cleanup teams of local volunteers to remove litter, collect recyclable items and enhance civic pride. Volunteers picked up litter from more than 2,500 miles of roadway and waterway; 17,400 acres of parks and public areas were cleaned up; and more than 4,000 trees, shrubs and flowers were planted during 304 local cleanup events statewide. Cleanup volunteers were supplied with Glad® trash bags, gloves and safety vests. “We are especially proud of those who take pride in Arkansas by participating in local cleanup events,” said Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB. “These initiatives not only create cleaner Arkansas communities but they also increase personal accountability for our state’s cleanliness and beauty while teaching and encouraging positive behavior among younger generations.” The Great American Cleanup begins each year in March and concludes at the end of May. The Great Arkansas Cleanup begins in September and continues through October. 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 kab.org....

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Great Arkansas Cleanup set for September, October Annual statewide campaign advocates litter pickup across state

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in News, Press Release

    News For Immediate Release   Information Contact: Liz Philpott, Volunteer Program Manager 501-682-3507 or 888-742-8701 (toll-free) Elizabeth.philpott@arkansas.gov Great Arkansas Cleanup set for September, October Annual statewide campaign advocates litter pickup across state LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 30, 2016) – Each year, thousands of Arkansans volunteer to pick up litter along the state’s roadways and waterways during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, a Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) initiative. The 2016 fall litter-pickup campaign will begin Sept. 10 and continue through Oct. 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. Last year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup featured 164 local events across the state involving nearly 16,000 Arkansans who picked up more than 149,000 pounds of litter and collected 7 million pounds of bulky waste from roughly 1,900 miles of roadway and waterways.   “With the help of volunteers joining the clean and green team, we can assist in the preservation of communities across Arkansas,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB. “We encourage Arkansans to participate in a local Great Arkansas Cleanup event and help 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 email info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com or call toll-free 888-742-8701. 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.   KAB will also be giving away a Troy-Bilt String Trimmer to a Volunteer Organization that registers a community cleanup. To enter, the organization must complete and turn in a wrap-up report for its cleanup. The winner will be chosen at random.   Event sponsors include the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.   About the Great Arkansas Cleanup The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 45 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. KAB organized the first statewide Great Arkansas Cleanup in 1989.   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 Keep Arkansas Beautiful educational programs....

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Arkansan named to national Great American Cleanup Affiliate Advisory Board

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Press Release

Arkansan Named to National Great American Cleanup Affiliate Advisory Board LITTLE ROCK(Feb. 28, 2014) – Keep America Beautiful has appointed Elizabeth “Liz” Philpott, volunteer services coordinator for Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB), to the national Great American Cleanup Affiliate Advisory Board. In this role, Philpott will provide expert insights and share best practices to Keep America Beautiful staff and other certified state affiliates as Keep America Beautiful continues to look for ways to improve the Great American Cleanup. KAB is a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. “She has established herself as a leader among Keep America Beautiful state and local affiliates nationally in managing communication and information utilizing KAB’s various social media programs,” said Robert Phelps, director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Philpott has served as volunteer services coordinator at KAB for nearly two years, where she educates communities, groups and volunteer organizations about the mission and work of KAB. Recently, she attended the Keep America Beautiful national conference where she was able to collaborate with other state leaders on promoting the Great American Cleanup in this way in their own states. About Keep America Beautiful Inc. Keep America Beautiful, established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful builds vibrant communities through public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit kab.org. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by utilizing 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, call toll-free 888-742-8701 or visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and...

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KAB earns fourth straight National Diamond Award

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Press Release

Keep Arkansas Beautiful earns fourth straight National Diamond Award LITTLE ROCK (Jan. 24, 2014) – Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB), two local organizations and an individual in the state have received national recognition from Keep America Beautiful Inc., the nation’s premier community-improvement organization. Keep Arkansas Beautiful earned its fourth consecutive Diamond Level Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the national organization on its state affiliates. KAB is one of nine state affiliates to be a Diamond Level recipient. Additionally, the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District received a second-place National Community Improvement Award in the Beautification category. The Gravette Public Schools fourth grade GATE class won a first place Youth Recognition Award in the Project category. Evan Hurley, of Bryant received a second place Youth Recognition Award in the Individual category. About Keep America Beautiful Keep America Beautiful Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful builds vibrant communities through public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit kab.org. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by utilizing 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, call toll-free 888-742-8701 or visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and...

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Call for Entries

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Press Release

Call for Entries LITTLE ROCK (Jan. 17, 2014) – As communities around the state begin planning their 2014 Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas events, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) invites students in grades K – 5 to submit art entries in its annual youth poster contest. “Every year, Keep Arkansas Beautiful receives artwork from all over the state reflecting how Arkansas students perceive the cleanliness and beauty of their state and hometowns,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer services coordinator. “If they recognize the importance of a clean and green community at this age, imagine what an impact they’ll have on the future of our state.” KAB coordinates the poster contest to involve students, to increase awareness of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, and to educate the public about the importance of a clean and beautiful community in promoting economic development, civic pride and environmental quality of life. Teachers and youth leaders across the state are encouraged to involve all students in grades K – 5 in this educational art contest. Home-schooled students, 4-H clubs, scouts and other youth organizations are also invited to submit entries in the competition. Posters entered in the contest should depict an Arkansas that is clean and green with flowers and trees planted, parks and public areas cleaned up, trails built, downtowns improved, and litter picked up. The artwork should be two-dimensional and can be in any medium (pen and ink, watercolor, crayon, marker, pencil, etc.). Entries must be submitted on standard 8½” x 11″ paper. Prizes for the contest will be awarded in two divisions: Grades K – 2 and Grades 3 – 5. The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation will recognize three winners in each division with Walmart gift cards. Teachers are asked to select one poster per class to be submitted for statewide judging. Winners will be recognized in their local communities by KAB and Great American Cleanup in Arkansas representatives. The winning art will be displayed May 12-30 at the Thea Foundation art gallery in downtown North Little Rock. Posters will also be posted to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Facebook page and may be used in other Great American Cleanup in Arkansas promotions. Posters sent in for judging will not be returned to students. Posters must be received no later than Saturday, March 1, 2014, and should be mailed or delivered to Elizabeth Philpott, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, One Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201. For more information about the contest, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, call 501-682-3507 or email elizabeth.philpott@arkansas.gov. About the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Last year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas involved more than 25,000 Arkansans at 149 events volunteering nearly 32,000 hours. Volunteers picked up 336,000 pounds of litter; improved 47 playgrounds; removed 4,700 tires; recycled 180,501 pounds of newspapers and 145,983 pounds of electronics; and collected 1,620 pounds of clothing for reuse. In addition to the...

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Commission elects officers for 2014

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Press Release

Commission elects officers for 2014 Little Rock (Jan. 10, 2014) – Dianne Hammond of El Dorado and Betty Shaw of Jonesboro have been elected officers of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission. Hammond will serve as chairwoman and Shaw will serve as vice chairwoman for 2014. Hammond was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission in 2012. She has been a member of the El Dorado City Council since 1994. She recently served as chairwoman of the El Dorado Advertising and Promotion Committee and serves on the El Dorado Festival and Events Marketing Committee. She also has volunteered for many organizations, including Relay for Life, El Dorado Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. Shaw was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission in 2011. Since retiring from the National Commission on Housing in 1987, she has served as a private consultant to independent-living and assisted-living developers. She has volunteered with many organizations and has served on the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and Jonesboro Storm Water Drainage Commission and is a past president of the Downtown Jonesboro Association. She also volunteers with hospice and Katrina relief. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by utilizing 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, YouTube and...

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