Annual Meeting & Awards Program

Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Meeting & Awards Program 

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 

Sponsors:

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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

CATEGORIES

  • 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

Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrates “30 Years” & Recognizes Local
Environmental Champions at their
Annual Meeting & Awards Program

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), convened Ohio affiliates for its annual meeting celebrating 30 years as a KAB affiliate, held July 29, 2016, at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.

The annual meeting included an awards luncheon during which KOB affiliates, partner organizations, individuals and others were honored for their environmental efforts in eleven different categories. The awards were based on environmental projects completed between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – Less than 25,000
City of Athens Community BeautificationKeep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 25,001 to 150,000
Keep Mentor BeautifulKeep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 150,001 and up
Keep Cincinnati BeautifulYouth School Group Award (K-6)
Keep Toledo/Lucas County BeautifulCivic / Non-Profit Organization Award
Cincinnati Community Toolbank

Great American / State Roadway Cleanup
Cuyahoga Falls Great American River Day Project

America Recycles Day Award
Keep Wickliffe Beautiful Clothing Collection

Law Enforcement Award
Officer Melissa Emody, Cincinnati Police Department

Student of the Year
Meagan E. Warren, Books for Bedtime

Volunteer of the Year
Tom Deuri, Keep Akron Beautiful

Board Member of the Year – Dan Weisenbach Spirit Award
Captain Daniel Zampelli, Akron Police Department, Chair, Keep Akron Beautiful

“This is our newest award named after our Past President Dan Weisenbach an inspiration and enthusiastic board member who lived our mission of Keep Ohio Beautiful.”

“2016 was a productive year for Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates and their partner organizations throughout the state,” said KOB executive director Michael Mennett. “We congratulate and thank the winners for their dedication to making Ohio clean and beautiful.”

For more information on Keep Ohio Beautiful award winners please contact Michael Mennett at 330-338-8328 or mmennett@keepohiobeautiful.org.


Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Meeting & Awards Program
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Veridian Room
Friday, July 29, 2016  
Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, will celebrated its 30th anniversary at its annual training meeting for Ohio’s local affiliates on July 29, at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio.
It is KOB’s goal to provide one statewide training event that focuses on Keep America Beautiful (KAB) programs including (Litter index, Great American Cleanup, Cost Benefit Analysis, etc), partnering with business/civic organizations, fundraising and to provide networking and program sharing opportunities.
Keep Ohio Beautiful hosts an Annual Meeting every July for affiliates to learn about new educational programming & research and networking opportunities.  This will be a great opportunity for KOB affiliates to receive their required training hours from Keep America Beautiful.
The meeting includes an awards luncheon at which Ohio Affiliates, youth groups, schools, civic and nonprofit groups, businesses, and local communities were honored for their environmental efforts in eight different categories. The awards are based on all environmental projects completed between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.  Affiliates that received awards at the 2016 Keep America Beautiful National Conference will also be recognized at the luncheon.

AGENDA & Power Point Presentations Available
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Welcome
Karen Wise, KOB President of the Board, & Mike Mennett, KOB Executive Director
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch and Networking
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Celebrating Keep Ohio Beautiful Awards
  • Awards Ceremony Emcee, Mike Rosen, SVP, Marketing & Communications
  • Community Awards
  • School Group Award
  • Civic / Non-Profit Organization Award
  • Business / Industry Awards
  • Great American Cleanup / State Roadways Cleanup Award
  • Student of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Board Member of the Year
  • KAB National Program Winners and President’s Circle Recognition
1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Expanding RecycleMania & Game Day Challenge to other small Colleges & Universities near your Affiliate
    • Ed Newman, Ohio University (Please contact us for more information)
2:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. State-wide reminders

  • OEPA Grant Opportunities & Updates for 2017-2018 – Chet Chaney, OEPA
  • Creating an Adopt-A-Highway Opportunity for your Affiliate, Sam Grier, ODOT
3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up and Adjourn

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Optional tour of the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

  • Bill Dawson, Franklin Park and Su Lok, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Annual Meeting & Awards Program Recap

2015

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.
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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!

Power Point Presentations:

  • Partners and Projects: Successful collaborations bring about opportunities for shared resources and putting on successful events with like-minded organizations.Presentation
  • Bill Dawson, Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • South Ave Corridor Project: Fighting Blight, Crime & Everything In Between Presentation
    Jennifer Jones, Green Youngstown
  • Montgomery County Scrap Tire Buyback Program – Presentation
  • John Woodman, Community Program Specialist II, Montgomery County Environmental Services
  • Expanding RecycleBowl through your Local School District – Presentation
    Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, Keep Akron Beautiful
  • Annual Clothes Collection & Distribution – Presentation
    Patty Fowler, Keep Wickliffe Beautiful
  • Volunteers as Leaders to Manage Large Projects – Presentation
    Jeff Griffiths, Keep Cleveland Beautiful & HandsOn Northeast Ohio
  • Partnering with your Local City Government – Presentation
    Linda Holterhoff, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
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2014
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

Green Youngstown was awarded the 2014 Community Award (Category 25,001-150,000). Aside from their continuous litter cleanup efforts, the affiliate was able to offer recycling drives and community cleanup opportunities for Youngstown and Mahoning County residents.
Cleanup stats from the year include:
  • 180,460 pounds of tires
  • 168,285 pounds of electronics
  • 16,620 pounds of appliances
  • 95,780 pounds of leaves
  • 1,000+ volunteers

A new addition for the affiliate this year was the introduction of R.U.B.Y (Revitalization and Urban Beautification of Youngstown), the community beautification trailer purchased through a grant from the Ohio EPA. The trailer is full of landscaping, litter removal, gardening and other beautification tools available for volunteer groups to borrow. Since its debut in April 2014, R.U.B.Y. has been booked nearly every weekend throughout spring and summer.


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

Keep Akron Beautiful was awarded the 2014 Community Award (Category 150,001 and up). This organization continues to lead the way for Akron in beautification, recycling and sustainability.
Some notable highlights from 2013 include:
  • Expanding Clean Up Akron Week into Clean Up Akron Month with volunteers working on more than 120 sites.
  • More than 150 graffiti sites were removed throughout the city.
  • The Community Pride Trailer (CPT) was loaned out to 21 community groups for a total of more than 6,600 volunteer hours. The trailer is stocked with landscaping tools and cleanup supplies to assist residents with restoring vacant lots by removing debris and restoring the vacant property.
  • Keep Akron Beautiful was awarded the Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Bin Grant to assist the Akron Road Runner Marathon. The marathon brought in more than 15,000 runners to the city and 25 recycling frames were set up for the event.
Congrats on reaching high marks for the year, Keep Akron Beautiful!

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

Covedale Elementary was awarded the 2014 School Group Award for its Project Green Life. Covedale has devoted recycling efforts from students, faculty and staff as part of their composting project and recycling program.

Some notable highlights include:
  • In the last year Covedale has reduced waste from the entire building and cafeteria by 80%.
  • All classrooms, office areas and work areas are equipped with recycling bins.
  • Covedale placed second in the Sunny Delight Recycling Challenge which is based on the pounds recycled per person.
  • Covedale celebrated Walk to School Day, Earth Day and hosted a Recycled Sculpture Contest.
For more information and news on Covedale’s recycling efforts check out their blog, Project Green Life.

Civic/Non-Profit Organization Award
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful was awarded the 2014 Civic/Non-Profit Organization Award. KCB has worked with public, private and parochial schools in Cincinnati to reach more than 20,000 students with their environmental programs. In addition to these programs, they have implemented district-wide single-stream recycling in 54 of Cincinnati Public School buildings.
Highlights from 2013 – 2014:
  • More than 219 tons of trash was recycled – roughly 14 pounds per student.
  • Green Teams were formed in several schools where students participated in weekly after-school environmental activities.
  • The Ready, Set, RECYCLE! assembly on why certain trash could be recycled was performed at 21 elementary schools.
  • At the end of the first year 77% of schools were recycling in the cafeteria and 100% in classrooms and offices.
Keep up with all of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Business/Industry Award
Anheuser Busch, Columbus Brewery

Local Columbus Brewery Anheuser-Busch was awarded the 2014 Business/Industry Award for its efforts in water sustainability. In 2013 the company launched the Budweiser America Made Better program which focused on river clean-up programs within communities. The Columbus Brewery partnered with Friends of the Lower Olentangy to organize a river clean-up along the banks of the Olentangy River to celebrate World Environment Day.  After the cleanup, adults 21 and over were invited to the Budweiser Made in America party that featured some of the hottest up-and-coming bands.

Highlights from the event:

  • More than 40 volunteers participated from the Columbus Brewery and community
  • A total of 250 pounds of trash were picked up and 82 invasive species removed
  • Millions of invasive seeds were prevented from entering the Olentangy River
  • Built the groundwork for future sustainability efforts along the Olentangy River

Congrats to Anheuser-Busch for their efforts with a successful sustainability program!


Great American/State Roadway Cleanup
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful was recognized as the 2014 Keep Ohio Beautiful Great American/State Roadway Cleanup Award Winner.

Highlights of Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful’s efforts:

  • With support from Rural Action and funding from the Ohio EPA, 11 cleanup events were held and more than 600 bags of trash and 400 tires were collected.
  • In conjunction with affiliate partners, the Ohio University Student Senate and the City of Athens, Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful hosted the annual Athens Beautification Day in April. More than 1,000 Ohio University students participated in more than 50 projects around the community.
  • A Great American Cleanup was hosted in the Village of New Straitsville where nearly 200 bags of trash were collected.
  • Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful partnered with the Nelsonville Music Festival to aim for a zero-waste event via recycling and composting. Nearly three tons of materials were diverted from the landfill at this year’s event.
Congrats on a successful and busy year, Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful!

Student of the Year
Erek Hansen

Erek Hansen isn’t your ordinary thirteen year-old; running a website, three live recycling drives a year, community drop boxes, the non-profit EcoErek and logo/branding opportunities to speak on recycling awareness earned him the 2014 Student of the Year Award.
Some of EcoErek’s accomplishments include:
  • He was the single largest donor to the 2009 Guinness World Record Challenge of “Largest Collection of Clothing to be Recycled”.
  • In the last six summers Erek has recycled more than 22,000 pairs of denim items and more than 12,000 pairs of shoes.
  • He has deferred nearly 46,000 lbs. of denim and 15,000 lbs. of shoes from local landfills.
  • Erek has partnered with Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, BlueJeansGoGreen and USAgain.
Read more about EcoErek’s initiatives at his website here.

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

John Woodrow has been a dedicated volunteer with Keep Clark County Beautiful for more than five years and was awarded the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award. From dozens of beautification projects to litter cleanups to planting flowers and mulching public garden beds, Woodrow has dedicated countless hours to the organization.

Woodrow is a sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard and was unable to volunteer as much in 2013 because he had been deployed to Afghanistan. However, upon return he jumped right back into volunteering.

Highlights of Woodrow’s volunteerism:

  • Assisted in the creation of a half-mile stretch of trail between the baseball annex and the NTPRD administrative building at the Buck Creek Nature Park
  • Helped pick up more than 40 bags of trash surrounding the Jefferson Street Oasis Community Garden
  • Partnered with Wittenberg University and local Kiwanis to clean a two-mile stretch of the Simon Kenton Trail
  • Joined the cleanup near Sherman Avenue Park in Springfield and the Fifth Annual Great Downtown Cleanup
  • From November 2013 to May 2014 Woodrow volunteered more than 30 hours of his time to eight various Keep Clark County Beautiful projects

Congrats to John Woodrow for his tireless dedication and passion as a volunteer with Keep Clark County Beautiful!


Power Point Presentations:
Trees and Human Health
How to Maximize Your Fundraising Efforts

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

New for 2015: Online Award Nomination Form and Registration Form


 

2013

Keep Ohio Beautiful Recognizes Top Environmental Programs and Performers 

at 2013 Annual Meeting and Awards Program

Power Point Presentations:

2013 Keep Ohio Beautiful Award Winners and Categories

Keep Ohio Beautiful Recognizes State Affiliates, Partner Organizations and Individuals at Annual Meeting

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, convened Ohio affiliates for its annual meeting, held July 12, 2013, at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.

The meeting included an awards luncheon during which KOB affiliates, partner organizations, individuals and others were honored for their environmental efforts in nine different categories. The awards were based on environmental projects completed between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Judges for the awards were:Susan Fairless, Executive Director, Ohio Recycling Alliance; andMatthew Perlik, Project Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation.

“2012 was a productive year for Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates and their partner organizations throughout the state,” said KOB executive director Michael Mennett. “We congratulate and thank the winners for their dedication to making Ohio clean and beautiful.”

Affiliates that received awards at the 2013 Keep America Beautiful National Conference also were recognized at the KOB luncheon.

 

KOB Award Winners and Categories

Northside

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award

Category – population less than 25,000

 

Green Youngstown

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award

Category – population 25,001 – 150,000

 

Lawrence – Scioto County Solid Waste Management District

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award

Category – population 150,000 or more

 

Aetna Building Maintenance

Green & Sustainable Practices

Business / Industry Award

 

Wickliffe High School Greenhouse Growers

Youth School Group Award Secondary Category (grades 7-12)


Rural Action

Civic / Nonprofit Organization Award
Keep Clark County Beautiful and Deputy Victoria Dingee

Law Enforcement Recognition Award

 

Eric Jones, Keep Akron Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)

Volunteer of the Year

 

Helen Dauka, University of Akron

Student of the Year Award

 


Keep Ohio Beautiful provides annual training to Ohio local affiliates

It is KOB’s goal to provide one state wide training event that focuses on Keep America Beautiful, (KAB) programs including (Litter index, Great American Cleanup, Cost Benefit Analysis, etc), partnering with business/civic organizations, fundraising and to provide networking and program sharing opportunities.  Keep Ohio Beautiful hosts an Annual Meeting every July for affiliates to learn about new educational programming & research and networking opportunities.  This will be a great opportunity for KOB affiliates to receive their required training hours from Keep America Beautiful.


Keep Ohio Beautiful Recognizes Top Environmental Programs and Performers
at Annual Meeting and Awards Program

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, brought together affiliates from around Ohio for its annual meeting held July 13, 2012, at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

The meeting included an awards luncheon during which KOB affiliates, Ohio school youth groups, businesses and others were honored for their environmental efforts in eight different categories. The awards were based on environmental projects completed between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Judges for the awards were:Kirby Date, AICP, Executive in Residence, Center for Community Planning and Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University; Susan Fairless, Executive Director, Ohio Recycling Alliance; and Matthew Perlik, Project Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation.

“Our organization made a huge impact in 2011, with affiliates working around the state to address our focus areas: litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling, and beautification and community greening,” said KOB executive director Michael Mennett. “We congratulate all of our winners for their hard work, dedication and perseverance in helping make Ohio clean and beautiful.”

Affiliates that received awards at the 2011 Keep America Beautiful National Conference also were recognized at the KOB luncheon.


2012 Keep Ohio Beautiful Award Winners and Categories

Keep Lake Milton Clean and Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award

Category – population less than 25,000

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award

Category – population 150,000 or more

William D. Kirsch, Keep Wickliffe Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)

Volunteer of the Year

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Green & Sustainable Practices

Business / Industry Award

Keep Grove City Beautiful, Annual Creek Sweep

Youth School Group Award
Secondary Category (grades 7-12)

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)
Sustainability in Action

Civic / Nonprofit Organization Award

Keep Wickliffe Beautiful (KOB local affiliate) / Lubrizol Corporation / ABB, Inc.
Affiliate / Business Community Improvement

Business / Community Partner Award

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)
One-Stop Drop

America Recycles Day Award


Keep Ohio Beautiful Recognizes Top Environmental Programs and Performers
at Annual Meeting and Awards Program

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual training meeting for Ohio’s local affiliates on July 15, at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

The meeting included an awards luncheon at which Ohio youth groups, schools, civic and nonprofit groups, businesses, and local communities were honored for their environmental efforts in eight different categories. The awards were based on all environmental projects completed between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. Affiliates that received awards at the 2010 Keep America Beautiful National Conference also were recognized at the luncheon.

“Many organizations and individuals throughout the state are working hard to Keep Ohio Beautiful,” said KOB executive director Michael Mennett. “We congratulate all of our winners for their hard work, dedication and perseverance in keeping Ohio clean and beautiful.”

 

2011 Keep Ohio Beautiful Award Winners and Categories

Keep Hardin County Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)
Nursery Bus Tour

Civic / Nonprofit Organization Award

Bishop Rosecrans High School, Green Team Recycling Program

Youth School Group Award
Secondary Category (grades 7-12)

Alexandra Lewis, Bishop Rosecrans High School

Student of the Year Award

Keep Columbus Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award

Category – population of 150,000 and up

Gary Royer, Keep Columbus Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)

Volunteer of the Year

Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful (KOB local affiliate) / The Anderson’s, Inc.
Community Improvement

Business / Community Partner Award

Lawrence-Scioto County Solid Waste Mgmt. District
Clean-up Day Event

Great American / State Roadways Cleanup Award

Keep Akron Beautiful (KOB local affiliate)
America Recycles Day with Akron Public Schools

American Recycles Day Award