SERVING THE PEOPLE OF OHIO / UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Dangers of and How to Combat Metal Scrapping, Tires, Meth Labs and Illegal Dumps will be Covered at Environmental Law Enforcement Training Workshop in Milford

Local and state environmental crimes experts will share their knowledge
at FREE training workshop in Marion on May 1st.

The FREE Environmental Law Enforcement Workshop will be held on

Friday, May 1st.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the The Ohio State University at Marion, Guthery Room in Maynard Hall at 1461 Mount Vernon Avenue Marion, OH 43302.

Registration Online 
Registration Form and Agenda can be downloaded – REGISTER HERE
Call 330-338-8328 for more information.

Funding for the workshop is provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Registered Sanitarians and Sanitarians in Training can receive 5.0 CEUs, SWANA Professionals can receive 5.0 CEUs, and Certified Legal Education is available can receive 5.0 CLEs.

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See Environmental Law Enforcement Workshops – under the Program Tab above.


Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Meeting Award Nominations Open –
Due June 12, 2015

2015 Keep Ohio Beautiful Awards Application

The Awards Program is another opportunity for Keep Ohio Beautiful to say thank you to our local statewide affiliates, volunteers, funders, and supporters to help us continue promoting the mission of Keep Ohio Beautiful. The Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Meeting is a great time for affiliates to network, share new & innovative ideas, and learn the latest educational tools & resources promoting our guiding principles: litter prevention/recycling, waste reduction, and beautification & community greening.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us for our
2015 Annual Meeting and Awards Program
Friday, July 10, 2015
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Broad Street, Columbus.

Please feel free to contact me if you need further information.
Together, we all keep Ohio beautiful.

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR OWN GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP™

Do you have any community eyesores? How many times have you passed by a litter-strewn park or graffiti-splashed building and wished it would go away? Perhaps it’s the local playground plagued with garbage or maybe a recycling effort needs a jump-start. Whatever the concern, a solution is just around the corner. All it takes is someone to say “enough is enough” and work with community members to eliminate the problem. It’s a great way to improve your local community and be one of the millions of volunteers involved in the Great American Cleanup!

Visit the Calendar of Events for More Information on How to become involved in Ohio’s Great American Cleanups!


Our Focus Areas

Studies have shown that a beautified community translates into a safe, healthy community and improves quality of life. Projects supported by Keep Ohio Beautiful encompass the three focus areas described below and include creating community gardens, preventing and cleaning up litter and graffiti, recycling and waste reduction.
Litter Prevention

In 2014, KOB and its affiliates removed 44,20,421 pounds of litter and debris from Ohio’s landscape.

Why It’s Needed:
While litter prevention campaigns have helped improve the litter picture over the past 40 years, it remains a significant and costly problem for communities and businesses. The Ohio Department of Transportation, for example, spends nearly $4.5 million every year to clean up our state roadways.

Litter also lowers assessed property values, drives away homebuyers and hinders business development.

How KOB Helps:  
We identify the causes of litter and reduce its impact by organizing cleanups and promoting proper waste handling in our communities.


Waste Reduction and Recycling

10,844,222 pounds of solid waste kept out of landfills in 2014.

Why It’s Needed:
Recycling creates more jobs than landfills and incineration. Recycling conserves our natural resources, saves landfill space, conserves energy, and reduces water pollution, air pollution and the green house gas emissions that cause global warming.

How KOB Helps:
We help reduce the impact of solid waste in our communities through integrated programs and education about responsible consumerism, source reduction, reuse, and recycling, and landfills, composting and waste-to-energy technologies.


Beautification and Community Greening

Approximately 184,258 Ohio residents were touched through Keep Ohio Beautiful and its affiliates’ programs in 2014.

Why It’s Needed:
Community greening improves quality of life, lowers crime and engages citizens. Buildings with high levels of greenery had 48% fewer property crimes and 56% fewer violent crimes, according to the 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study, commissioned by Keep America Beautiful.

How KOB Helps:
We improve the visual aspects of our communities through programs that beautify and naturally clean our environment – creating community gardens, restoring vacant lots, beautifying highways and shorelines, urban forests, planting native flora, and preventing and abating graffiti.