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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Arkansans encouraged to participate in America Recycles Day

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Press Release

Arkansans encouraged to participate in America Recycles Day Little Rock (Oct. 28, 2013) – On Nov. 15, organizations, businesses and schools around Arkansas will participate in America Recycles Day, a national event aimed at educating the American public about the importance of recycling. “Recycling to help keep Arkansas clean and green is something we can easily make a part of our everyday lives,” said Robert Phelps, director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful, a Keep America Beautiful-certified state affiliate. “That is why we encourage Arkansans to join in these recycling initiatives to benefit our environment.” According to the organization, Americans generate about 250 million tons of trash each year. In Arkansas, the Department of Environmental Quality reports that Arkansans generated nearly 6 million tons of trash with about 3.5 million tons sent to landfills and about 2.5 million tons recycled. That’s compared with 3.5 million tons landfilled in 2011 and 1.6 million tons recycled out of a total 5.1 million tons. “We’d like to think that our efforts to educate Arkansans about the importance of recycling are working, but we still have a long way to go,” Phelps said. “Our goal is to see that every piece of trash that can be recycled is recycled.” Phelps said there are opportunities for everyone to find easy ways to participate in recycling. He points to such awareness events as Recycling at Work and the Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl as examples. In the Recycling at Work program, businesses pledge to engage in recycling activities that result in saving energy, reducing emissions, cutting the amount of trash that goes to landfills, conserving natural resources and generating jobs. To take the pledge, visit RecyclingAtWork.org. Businesses, government agencies, hospitals, schools and other institutions that take the Recycling at Work pledge can take advantage of special discounts on recycling bins. The Recycle-Bowl is a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students that culminates on America Recycles Day. This year, more than 20 Arkansas schools are participating in the Recycle-Bowl. For a list of schools participating or to find out how to sign up for the next Recycle-Bowl, visit recycle-bowl.org. Before America Recycles Day arrives, visit AmericaRecyclesDay.org to find events in your community or for ideas on creating a local event. 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, Instagram and YouTube....

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Hundreds unite to beautify the Arkansas River

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Press Release

Hundreds unite to beautify the Arkansas River Little Rock (Oct. 24, 2013) – Arkansas volunteers joined forces during this year’s Great Arkansas River Cleanup to spruce up shorelines and trails along the Arkansas River, providing the state with more than $16,000 in time and effort value. Keep Arkansas Beautiful and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality partnered with city leaders in Clarksville, Fort Smith, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Ozark and Van Buren to pick up litter from the river and its banks. Teams also cleared brush from shorelines. “We hope the Great Arkansas River Cleanup will lead to year-round efforts that will transform Arkansas and make its residents feel proud of our state,” said Randy Naylor of Keep North Little Rock Beautiful, which started the Great Arkansas River Cleanup last year. Despite rainy weather, more than 250 volunteers removed more that 6,000 pounds of litter from stretches of the river in the six participating communities. Along with the expected flotsam from river users, tackle, Styrofoam, cans and bottles, volunteers were shocked to find an abandoned hot tub, tires and other large items that had to be hauled away. “This event was a great opportunity for everyone who treasures our great river to clean and improve it, augmenting its importance to their local communities,” said Robert Phelps, director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful. “By clearing trash and debris, we can make sure that the Arkansas River continues to be one of the state’s greatest natural resources.” The Great Arkansas River Cleanup is held in conjunction with the annual Keep Arkansas Beautiful Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC). About the Great Arkansas Cleanup The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 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. Mr. Garner continues his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989. ADEQ, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful Inc. and the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation sponsor the Great Arkansas Cleanup by providing needed supplies and support for GAC participants. 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 mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service...

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