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Keep Ohio Beautiful’s 2015 National Painting Week Ohio
Grant Application Is Now Open

Sherwin-Williams is pleased again to announce their partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful in support of National Painting Week Ohio.  National Painting Week Ohio is designed to provide community groups with supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application Sherwin-Williams paint along with supporting volunteers.  National Paint Week Ohio begins on April 12, 2015, but the grant-awarded community projects will have through July to complete their projects.  The nine (9) grant awardees, along with their volunteers will be eligible for up to 40 gallons of Sherwin-Williams exterior paint and dozen brushes, rollers and frames.

The National Painting Week Ohio grant is available to any Keep Ohio/ America Beautiful Certified Affiliate in good standing.  Sherwin-Williams will select winning projects from the applications submitted; private property owners and individual applicants cannot apply.

Applications must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • One building per application
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Signed permission to paint from building owner, history of building
  • Two before photos
  • Essay on how this grant will have a positive impact on local community
  • Agreement to provide a final report with “after” photos
  • Must provide project plans (surface-prep plan, safety plan, communication/awareness plan)
  • Must have a local budget of $300 for tools and safety equipment
  • Should include number of volunteers needed to complete project Keep Ohio Beautiful will also provide two of the awardees an additional $200 gift card at the end of the project for community improvement projects, based on reporting and winner of the two criteria; best visual impact and best community revitalization story.Applications must be received by February 27, 2015, and grants will be awarded mid-March 2015.  Applications may be submitted electronically or by fax or by mail.  Photos must be submitted electronically. Any additional questions can be answered by Michael Mennett, Keep Ohio Beautiful, at 330-338-8328 or mmennett@keepohiobeautiful.org.

2015 National Painting Week Introductory Letter
2015 National Painting Week Grant Application
2015 National Painting Week Permission to Paint Form


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 Dayton on March 20th.

The FREE Environmental Law Enforcement Workshop will be held on Friday, March 20th.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madison Lake Learning & Conference Center at 581 Olive Road Dayton, OH 45427.

Registration Online 
Registration Form and Agenda can be downloaded – Coming soon
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.



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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 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.