Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrates our “31st” Year with our
Annual Meeting & Awards Program
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Wells Barn
Agenda & Registration Coming Soon
Awards Nomination Form
Keep Ohio Beautiful will be honoring affiliates, youth groups, schools, civic and non-profit groups, businesses and local communities in nine different categories at a statewide luncheon to honor environmental efforts across the State of Ohio.
The awards will be based on all environmental projects completed between June 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017. Due on Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Program
- The Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Awards
- Youth Group School Award
- Civic / Non-Profit Organization Award
- Business / Industry Award
- Great American Cleanup / State Roadways Cleanup Award
- America Recycles Day Award
- Law Enforcement Recognition Award
Nominate the following:
- Dan Weisenbach Spirit Award
Board or Committee Member of The Year Award
- Student of The Year Award
- Volunteer of The Year Award
Register for the Workshop, please Click Here for a Registration Form
NEW DATE: Environmental Law Enforcement Workshop
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
4750 East 131st Street, Garfield Heights, OH 44105
Please join the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Environmental Crimes Task Force and Keep Ohio Beautiful for an Environmental Law Enforcement Workshop on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the offices of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The workshop will provide local law enforcement, prosecutors and judges with important information regarding Ohio’s environmental laws, the types of crimes being committed here in northeast Ohio and the financial, social and environmental cost to our community. In addition, the workshop will feature mock investigations based on actual cases and tips for law enforcement when confronted by crime scenes involving scrap metal theft, open dumping and tire dumping.
Who Should Attend: police officers, detectives, sheriff deputies, prosecutors, judges
Cost: $0.00 includes lunch and Environmental Investigations Resource Guide
Continuing Education: 5 continuing legal education credits.
Certificates for law enforcement
Grant Winners Announced
Keep Ohio Beautiful is pleased to have announced the ten grant winners of our fifth National Painting Week Ohio Program sponsored by Sherwin Williams. Designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies, the program enables these groups to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint and a lot of elbow grease. This annual event is held in partnership with support from The Sherwin-Williams Company. During the months of April through September, the ten (10) grant winners will transform their structure utilizing up to 40 gallons of exterior paints and painting supplies.
The ten (10) grant winners are as follows:
- East Toledo Family Center – East Broadway Wall Painting
- Geneva Clean & Green – City Project
- Green Youngstown (1) – Youngstown Mooney H S Mural
- Green Youngstown (2) – Ron’s Tree Service
- Keep Cincinnati Beautiful – Hanna Playground Mural
- Keep Hardin County Beautiful (1) – Merchant’s Building, Fairgrounds
- Keep Hardin County Beautiful (2) – Will’s Costume Shop
- Keep Montgomery Beautiful – Dayton Mural
- Keep Wickliffe Beautiful – Intihar Park Deck Revitalization
- Platt R. Spencer Historical Society – Platt R. Spencer HouseTwo of the awardees will receive an additional $100 gift card at the end of the project for community improvement projects, based on reporting and the winner of two criteria; best visual impact and best community revitalization story.”We are proud supporters of National Painting Week in Ohio,” said Angela Brackmann-Holzschuh, Market Segmentation Manager, Sherwin-Williams. “It is a valuable program and I really want to encourage community groups in Ohio to take full advantage of this great opportunity.””Through our partnership with the Sherwin-Williams Company, National Painting Week in Ohio empowers community groups to take a direct role in community revitalization efforts,” explains Michael Mennett, Executive Director of Keep Ohio Beautiful. “Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on a public library or community center sends a strong message that we care about our communities.”
Check out this article about “Why Its Important to Have Clean and Green Neighborhoods” written for us by Modernize.
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!
Contact us on how you can 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.
In 2016, KOB and its affiliates removed 4,420,421 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 2016.
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 2016.
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.
In Memory of Dan Weisenbach
We are sad to share the news of the passing of Dan Weisenbach, President Of Weisenbach Recycled Projects, and long-time supporter of Keep Ohio Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. Many of you may have spoken with Dan at Keep Ohio Beautiful events and programs along with past KAB Conferences or watched him shine as the emcee of our KOB State Awards Program & KAB National Awards Ceremony. He served as President and Board member of Keep Ohio Beautiful and was appointed by the Governor to the ODNR Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention Board on which he served since 1992.
We will fondly remember Dan as an innovative leader in environmental awareness and recycled products and by his fun loving attitude and kindness.