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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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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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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