Annual Meeting & Awards Program

KAB / KOB Midwest Regional Meeting
Mohican State Park Lodge & Conference Center
1098 Ashland County Road 3006 / Perrysville, Ohio 44864
November 3-4, 2022

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The Midwest regional meeting brings affiliates together to share, learn and celebrate. In conjunction with the meeting, we are excited to partner with Midwest affiliates and Keep America Beautiful to celebrate America Recycles Day, host networking opportunities, and enjoy the company of fellow affiliates and partners to End Litter, Beautify Communities, and Improve Recycling in America.

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Thursday, November 3

8:00 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:15 am
Welcome & Introductions
Keep America Beautiful / Keep Ohio Beautiful / State Affiliates

9:15 – 10:15 am
Tackling Trash Together: Preventing Marine Debris through Research, Outreach, and Education
Presenters:         Jill Bartolotta, Extension Educator, Ohio Sea Grant
Sarah Orlando, Clean Marinas Program Manager, Ohio Sea Grant

Ohio Sea Grant, The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, and Ohio Clean Marinas Program have been working on the issue of marine debris in freshwater environments for many years. During this time, we have identified the best waste removal strategies, developed educational tools and outreach programs, and conducted research on consumer behavior change. This presentation will cover current research on trash in our waterways, single-use plastic reduction efforts, and innovative outreach approaches to engage users in solutions.

10:15 – 10:30 am

10:30 – 11:00 am
Affiliate Sharing – Litter Prevention
The Litter League
Presenters:          Aryeh Alex, Executive Director, Keep Columbus Beautiful
Adam Cassi, Executive Director, Keep Toledo-Lucas County Beautiful

Who doesn’t love a good competition?  The Litter League is a competitive, summer long, litter abatement program aimed at striking out litter (and is baseball themed).  Teams of community groups, non-profits, businesses, and even individuals compete all summer long to see who can collect the most litter.  Keep Columbus Beautiful and Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful have both seen success in this program and in fact, this year also competed against each other.  The Mayors of each city even placed a side bet on the competition.  Come learn the logistics of this program, what we have learned over the past few years, and how to implement it in your community.  The more affiliates that join in on the competition the better!

11:00 – 11:30 am
We Completed the Litter Index, Now What? Using Story Maps to Reducing   Littering Behavior

Presenter:           Kandace L. Cave, Program Coordinator, Keep Aiken County Beautiful. SC

Learn how one South Carolina affiliate turned raw data into actionable information by using the annual Litter Index to create a comprehensive Story Map. By studying data gathered during the Litter Index and focusing on a data-driven action plan, Keep Aiken Beautiful was able to guide waste reduction and litter prevention programming and better customize strategies to create an effective anti-litter messages for the county.

11:30 – 12:00 pm
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Presentation GAC Presentation
Presenter:           Megan Beck, Volunteers Program Director, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Networking Lunch & share upcoming Grant Opportunities

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Discover the “Key Neighborhood Identification Tool” (KNIT)
Presenter:           Karl Selm, GIS Analyst, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

“Key Neighborhood Identification Tool” (KNIT), which helps KIB use different data sets to determine which Census Tracts are most in need of environmental benefits, so we can apply our resources to the places that need (and want) them the most. This tool won the KAB Innovation Award this year, and was developed by Karl with how it can vbe used in regional applications.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Affiliate Sharing – Beautification
Great Streets Initiative in the City of Akron

Presenter:           Leah Heiser, Flowerscape Director, Keep Akron Beautiful

Learn how Akron is beautifying our business districts through a City partnership and collaboration.

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Urban Greenspaces Create Healthier, Safer Spaces: Research into Lead Reduction and Violence Reduction

Presenters:          Karl Selm, GIS Analyst, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Jeremy Kranowitz, CEO, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

KIB has a title partnership with our electric utility, AES Indiana). They have developed and maintained 60 different GreenSpaces around the city, turning previously vacant or abandoned lots into thriving community spaces. KIB is currently conducting research with IUPUI and U. Michigan on determining the additional health benefits and violence reduction benefits that accrue when new green spaces and pocket parks are developed.

3::15 – 3:45 pm

3:45 – 4:00 pm

4:00 – 5:00 pm
New Keep America Beautiful Affiliate HubTraining & KAB Update
Presenters:          Isaac Nicholson, KAB Central Region Representative
Randy Hartman, Senior Director of Affiliate Operations

5:30 pm
Celebration of Recycling Reception
sponsored by Keurig Dr Pepper

Friday, November 4

8:00 – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast / Networking

8:30 – 9:00 am
Keep America Beautiful Outlook
Presenter:           Jenny Lawson, new KAB President/CEO

9:00 – 10:00 am
State of Recycling throughout the Midwest
Presenter:           Jeff Snyder, Director of Recycling. Rumpke Waste and Recycling

He will discuss the current state of Recycling in the Midwest Region with a focus on material and industry changes.

10:00– 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:15 am
Pathways to Zero Waste
Presenter:           Mary Leciejewski, Zero Waste Manage, The Ohio State University

One of Ohio State’s most ambitious goals is to achieve Zero Waste by diverting 90% of waste away from landfills through recycling, composting, reuse, food rescue and waste prevention. The goal is aimed at transforming the linear economy, which operates in a take-make-waste model, to a more circular economy, where waste is designed out of the system and byproducts become the raw materials for new products. This presentation will review how Ohio State changes purchasing practices to change the materials used on campus, as well as downstream practices to transform the destination of the materials after their useful life.

11:15 – 12:15 pm
Trends in Public Space Recycling
Presenter:             Randy Hartmann, Senior Director, Keep America Beautiful

With approximately one-third of all beverage containers consumed on the go, public space recycling plays a critical role in getting “every bottle back” to support the circular economy.  Public space recycling has numerous challenges, including higher contamination rates, lack of consumer awareness, inconsistent messaging, and limited performance data.  This session will explore the role of technology innovation in recycling receptacle design as well as share information about KAB resources and programming to support public space recycling, including the launch and partnership to form the National Recycling League to increase recycling awareness at several major sporting stadiums and cost-free resources to address the number one littered item in the U.S., cigarette butts, for recycling.

12:15 – 12:30 pm

12:30 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Every Bottle Back: The Beverage Industry’s Commitment to Circularity
sponsored by the American Beverage Association
Presenters:         Megan Daum, VP Sustainability American Beverage Association
Kimberly McConville, Executive Director Ohio Beverage Association

Learn more about how beverage companies are working together to reduce their plastic footprint. Panelists will discuss the industry’s commitments, partners, strategies, and recent investments in efforts to use less new plastic and get more plastic bottles remade into new ones.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Affiliate Sharing – Recycling
Reduce, Reuse, Confuse
Presenter:           Adam Cassi, Executive Director, Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful

For recycling to work, it has to be done correctly.  Unfortunately, as we all know, many people who think they are doing the right thing are recycling incorrectly.  Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful (KTLCB) and the Lucas County Solid Waste Management District have launched an Ohio EPA Grant Funded, community-wide education campaign, to help educate the general public on how to recycle correctly.  Adam will be sharing resources and ideas from this campaign.  Additionally, KTLCB has been working to increase recycling of items not accepted curbside (i.e. Styrofoam, campaign signs, boat wrap, and more) as well as assist with Zero Waste Events and Composting.  Bring some of your own success stories, and we can share best practices to help improve all of our communities.                                       

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Presentation – TBA
Presenter:           Jonathan Adee, Executive Director, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

3:15 pm
Adjourn / Wrap-up

3:30  – 5:00 pm
Optional: New & Refresher Executive Director Training
Presenter:           Isaac Nicholson, KAB Central Region Representative

Registration Cost will be $100.00 per person for the 2-Day Regional Meeting 

The Mohican Lodge and Conference Center, overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake, is the ultimate year-round meeting and event destination and we’re pleased to offer attendees a discounted rate ($99 plus fees and taxes) for our meeting.

Guests are required to make and pay for their own room reservations.

To make a reservation, call the reservation line at 419-938-5411 and request the Keep America Beautiful Mid-West Conference rate ($99 plus tax and fees).

  • A deposit of the first night’s room, taxes, and fees are due at the time each reservation is made and the room deposit remains fully refundable up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Rooms will be made available to the group at the contracted rates until Sunday, October 2, 2022.
  • Reservations requested after the release date are subject to availability at the time of reservation (average rate from $99-$189). Rooms are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

Celebrating Keep Ohio Beautiful Awards – 2023 

Will Return in August 2023

Keep Ohio Beautiful will be honoring affiliates, youth groups, schools, civic and non-profit groups, businesses and local communities in ten different categories at our Annual Meeting to honor environmental efforts across the State of Ohio.

The awards will be based on all environmental projects
completed between June 1, 2021 and August 1, 2023.
Due on Friday, October 16, 2023

Here are the Award Categories:

  • The Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award
  • Youth Group School Award
  • Civic / Non-Profit Organization Award
  • Business / Industry Award
  • End Littering Award
  • Improve Recycling Award
  • Law Enforcement Recognition Award
  • Student of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Dan Weisenbach Spirit Award – Board / Committee Member of the Year 

Save the Date – Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Meeting & Awards Program

We are seeking two affiliate speakers to share experiences on the following topics:

  • Beautifying Communities
  • End Littering
  • Improving Recycling
  • Adaptations from COVID

2019 Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Meeting & Awards Program – Presentations 

Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrates & Recognizes Statewide
Environmental Champions at their
Annual Meeting & Awards Program

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), convened its 40 + Ohio affiliates for their annual meeting and awards program, held on Wednesday, November 6, at the Franklin Park Conservatory, Wells Barn 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 ten different categories. The awards were based on environmental projects completed between June 1, 2018 and August 1, 2019.

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 25,001 to 150,000
Keep Clark County Beautiful – Clark County Tomato Project
Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 150,001 and up

Keep Akron Beautiful – Recycle Right Campaign

Youth School Group Award – Elementary (K-6)
Mater Dei Academy Kindness Club

Youth School Group Award – College/University
Kent State University Sustainability Department

End Littering Award
The Living City Project – City Wide Cleanup

Improve Recycling Award
Toledo Jeep Fest

Civic / Non-Profit Organization  Award
Lorain Proud Quick Picks

Law Enforcement Award
Deputy Brian Peak, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Law Enforcement Award
Lorain County Commissioners – Environmental Crimes Unit

Volunteer of the Year
Cathy Levy, Keep Hilliard Beautiful

Board Member of the Year – Dan Weisenbach Spirit Award
Alan “Brad” Lindner, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Sponsored by
Coca-Cola Consolidated, Rumpke, and Best Equipment

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – under 25,000
Keep Wickliffe Beautiful

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 25,001 to 150,000
Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management DistrictKeep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 150,001 and up
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Inc.

Youth School Group Award – Secondary (7-12)
Arcanum High School – Serve Arcanum

Great American / State Roadway Cleanup
Lorain County Commissioners – Solid Waste District

Business / Industry Award
Morrow County Hospital – Green Team

Law Enforcement Award
Steve Hileman, Environmental Officer, Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District

Volunteer of the Year
Susan B. Kruder, Keep Akron Beautiful

Board Member of the Year – Dan Weisenbach Spirit Award
Kim Haws Falasco

2017 Keep Ohio Beautiful Award Winners

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 25,001 to 150,000
– Keep Clark County Beautiful

Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award, Category – 150,001 and up
– Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Youth School Group Award (7-12)
– The Tomorrow Center Science Club, Cardington

Civic / Non-Profit Organization Award
– Engage TOLEDO Recycling Events

Business / Industry Award
– Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers, Inc.

Great American / State Roadway Cleanup
Kokosing State Scenic River Cleanup

Law Enforcement Award
– Detective Doug Crites, Athens County Sheriff’s Department

Student of the Year
– Dominic Straquadine,  Keep Marion County Beautiful

Volunteer of the Year
– Dorothy Francis & Sylvia Martin, Keep Akron Beautiful

Board Member of the Year – Dan Weisenbach Spirit Award
– Africa Thomas, Keep Reynoldsburg Beautiful