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Keep Ohio Beautiful National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse

Pollinator Power
2015 National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Native Pollinator Garden

For every three bites of food you take, you can thank pollinators for one bite.
That’s power to control 1/3 of our food supply!

Please join us as we celebrate pollinator power, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Ohio Statehouse north entrance.

Pollinator garden planting               Educational displays             Children’s activities

Apples, almonds, tomatoes, strawberries, pumpkins, beans, chocolate and coffee are just a few foods we can eat/drink because of pollinators. Foraging livestock – some dairy and beef cows – eat alfalfa pollinated by leafcutter bees. Learn about pollinators and simple actions you can take to help them support our food supply and keep the natural landscape alive.

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Affiliates, Organizations and Individuals Honored at Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting and Awards Program Hosted at Franklin Park Conservatory
We’d like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who was able to attend our Annual Meeting & Awards Program on Friday, July 10, at the Franklin Park Conservatory. The day consisted of numerous educational programs, affiliate share-a-thons, an update from Keep America Beautiful president Jennifer Jehn, and recognition of numerous affiliates, organizations and individuals from across the state.
A special thanks to our sponsors – the Ohio EPA, Ohio Soft Drink Association, Republic Services and Keep America Beautiful.
This year’s 2015 Annual Award Winners Included:
  • Community Award (communities under 150,000): Green Youngstown
  • Community Award (communities more than 150,000): Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
  • Youth School Group Award: Wickliffe Junior Olympics
  • Civic/Non-profit Organization: Loco ‘Yaks
  • Business/Industry Award: Eco Center LLC.
  • America Recycles Day Award: Eco-Art Show
  • Great American Cleanup/State Roadway Cleanup: Keep Montgomery County Beautiful
  • Student of the Year: Nalee Vang
  • Volunteer of the Year: Joe Maroon
  • More information on our winners coming soon!
  • Presented by the

NEWKeep Ohio Beautiful 2014 Annual Report

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

Local and state environmental crimes experts will share their knowledge
at FREE training workshop in Youngstown on September 18

The FREE Environmental Law Enforcement Workshop will be held on:

Friday, September 18th.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:
The Covelli Centre, YSU Community Room
229 East Front Street
Youngstown, OH 44503



Registration Form and Agenda can be downloaded
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.

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

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

Ever been asked if that plastic bag, pizza box or shampoo bottle is recyclable? You can help educate your friends, neighbors and classmates on what is recycled in your community.  We invite you, as a champion of recycling, to:

  • Host an America Recycles Day event
  • Enroll your school in the K-12 Recycle-Bowl competition.

Yes, it’s still summer, but we wanted to let you know it is not too early to start thinking about fall recycling events.  Registration is now open for the Recycle-Bowl competition.  Registration opens for America Recycles Day on August 10.

Recycle-Bowl School Recycling Competition

Competition Dates:  


Effective immediately participants in this four week K-12 school recycling competition can begin to register school(s) in the competition.  We ask that you share this information with your network as well.


Other key competition dates:

  • Registration closes:  October 13(11:59 p.m. ET)
  • Competition begins:  Monday, October 19
  • Competition closes:  Sunday, November 15 (America Recycles Day)
  • Reporting opens:  November 15
  • Reporting closes:  December 15
America Recycles Day Registration

It’s not too soon to start planning for America Recycles Day! Registration opens on August 10.  Our online system makes this process very simple. Registering events is important not only to track what is happening across the country – but also, to populate the map of events on the America Recycles Day website.

Thanks for promoting recycling in your community. We will provide you with future updates on these programs, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us at:

 Addressing Community Impacts of Blighted Properties

National Literature Review, “Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight,”
is First Phase of New Long-term Initiative
to Study, Measure and Combat Blight in Communities

Keep America Beautiful, the leading national nonprofit that envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, today announced the release of “Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight: A National Literature Review on Addressing the Community Impacts of Blighted Properties.” The report provides a contemporary snapshot of how researchers, experts and practitioners describe and understand the complex conditions that create blight and the many policy responses that communities are taking.

  • “Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight” – Executive Summary 
  • “Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight” – Final Report
  • For more information please contact Keep America Beautiful or Keep Ohio Beautiful

Prepared by researchers through the Vacant Properties Research Network (VPRN), a project of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, in collaboration with Econsult Solutions Inc., a Philadelphia-based consulting firm, the national report examines more than 300 academic articles as well as special policy and practitioner reports devoted to the concept of blight.

“The term ‘blight’ continues to evolve as communities confront different types of blighted properties from littered and vacant lots to foreclosed and abandoned homes,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “This research will contribute significantly to the understanding of blight, a critical environmental, economic and social issue Keep America Beautiful and our affiliates are strongly positioned to help address in urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide.

“The report will have an even broader impact because it will help us shape the development of measurement tools that will let us better assess and then prepare strategies to combat blight in all its forms at the community level,” concluded Jehn.

The primary authors outlined: 1) what recent articles and reports say about blight; 2) how policymakers and community-based organizations can leverage the report’s findings; and 3) how Keep America Beautiful and its network of community-based affiliates can build on this report to develop a blight cost calculator for community groups and local governments.  The report concludes with 10 overarching recommendations for policymakers, future research, and potential actions by Keep America Beautiful and its affiliates.

“Blight is a complex legal and policy concept with a long history,” observed Metropolitan Institute Senior Fellow Joe Schilling, a report co-author. “This pioneering synthesis of the literature will help local officials and community-based organizations, such as Keep America Beautiful and its affiliates, fashion more holistic strategies to address the community impacts of blighted properties and facilitate neighborhood revitalization.”

Report co-author Lee Huang of Econsult Solutions Inc. agrees.  “What we found in our work is that ‘blight’ looks like and means different things in different settings. Our review of the existing literature really underscores this point, and has yielded a very rich look at how various communities define and deal with blight.”

While considerable research has examined the history of blight in the United States, its role in national policy and the experience of communities living in blighted neighborhoods, little research has systematically examined the multiple meanings of blight across contexts. This project reviews and synthesizes knowledge about blight, broadly conceived, and draws together academic literature and practitioner reports to systematically assess:

  • The nature of blight;
  • The effects of blight;
  • The factors that have shaped its development; and
  • How understandings of blight have changed over time.

This literature review will benefit policymakers, particularly in understanding how different communities are addressing rising rates of vacancy and how property abandonment has come to be a common characteristic of contemporary blight. The research also provides new and beneficial knowledge for local communities by making the changing patterns of neighborhoods more transparent. Further, for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups and their advocates struggling with blighted neighborhoods, this research will underscore many of the factors affecting their condition.




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.