Enjoy! – 2013 Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Report

Annual Meeting & Awards Program Recap

Keep Ohio Beautiful and its affiliates met July 11th at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Columbus to recognize another successful year of top environmental programs and performers.  Thank you to all of our affiliates who applied this year!  During the meeting, affiliates, Ohio school youth groups, businesses and others were honored for their environmental efforts based on projects completed between June 1, 2013  and May 31, 2014.

Congratulations to all our 2014 Keep Ohio Beautiful Awards Winners!

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award (Category 25,001 – 150,000)
Green Youngstown 

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award (Category 150,001 and up)
Keep Akron Beautiful 

Youth School Group Award (Elementary K-6)
Covedale Elementary School

Civic/Non-Profit Organization Award
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Business/Industry Award
Anheuser Busch, Columbus Brewery

Great American/State Roadway Cleanup
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful

Student of the Year
Erek Hansen

Volunteer of the Year
John H. Woodrow, Keep Clark County Beautiful

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

Local and state environmental crimes experts will share their knowledge
at FREE training workshop in Lewis Center on September 19.

The workshop will be held Friday, September 19, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities 7991 Columbus Pike Lewis Center, OH 43035

REGISTER HERE  Registration Form and Agenda can be downloaded or 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 5.50 CLEs.

If you can’t report or announce this workshop, please consider sharing via your social media networks.

2014 Environmental Law Enforcement Training Workshops to be held:

October 24 – Perry County – New Lexington
December 5 – Clermont County – Miami Township

Additional workshops to be held in 2015! – Schedule Coming Soon

Keep Ohio Beautiful’s National Painting Week Ohio
Grant Winners Announced

Keep Ohio Beautiful is pleased to have announced grant winners of the 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.  During the months of April through July, the four (4) grant winners will transform their structure utilizing up to 40 gallons of exterior paints and painting supplies.

The four (4) Ohio grant winners are as follows:

  • Summit County Historical Society, Akron – Keep Akron Beautiful
  • Paramount Identity Project, Cincinnati, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
  • City of Vermilion Gazebo, Vermilion – Keep Lorain County Beautiful
  • Downtown Youngstown Project, Youngstown – Green Youngstown

Keep Ohio Beautiful received many applications from across the state, and grant winners were chosen based on their applications.  Two of the awardees will receive an additional $500 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.

National Painting Week, in its third year, is slated for the week of April 7.  Sherwin-Williams employees across the U.S. will dedicate their time, effort and Sherwin-Williams products to upgrade nonprofits, churches, schools and other deserving community organizations.

“We are proud to bring National Painting Week to Ohio and the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee,” said Tim Baechle, vice president of marketing, Sherwin-Williams.  “It is a valuable new program and I 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.”

For additional information regarding Keep Ohio Beautiful’s National Painting Week Ohio Program, please contact Michael Mennett, Keep Ohio Beautiful at 330-338-8328 or 2015 Grant will open in October 2014.

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 2013, KOB and its affiliates removed 6,351,773 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

11,453,965  pounds of solid waste kept out of landfills in 2013.

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 136,254 Ohio residents were touched through Keep Ohio Beautiful and its affiliates’ programs in 2013.

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.