improvement grants awarded
by The UPS Foundation
The UPS Foundation awarded 16 Keep America
Beautiful (KAB) affiliates $10,000 community improvement grants
each, supporting programs across the country that address litter
prevention, waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community
greening. The projects will take place during 2010 and into early
The awards were presented to KAB affiliates in recognition of
their volunteer initiatives with local UPS locations throughout
the United States.
The winning KAB affiliates and a description of their UPS Foundation-supported
Keep Austin Beautiful’s “Event Recycling, Play as you Throw”
initiative provides an easy recycling bin lending system to collect
event recyclables that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Funding will support on-site education about waste reduction
and proper disposal of materials.
Keep Blackstone Valley, Rhode Island Beautiful is overseeing
the Keep North Smithfield Clean & Green Program, a litter
prevention education effort working with local food establishments
and convenience stores.
Keep Charleston, South Carolina, Beautiful’s Green Spaces Recycling
Program will install permanent trash and recycling receptacles
in every City park. The presence of permanent trash and recycling
stations inside these parks will reaffirm the City’s goal of
creating a clean, beautiful, sustainable community by encouraging
litter prevention and waste responsibility.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s “Future Blooms” program addresses
the visual blight of boarded up buildings by painting windows
and doors on the boarded up windows and doors, immediately changing
the aesthetics around the area. Additionally, vacant lots are
enhanced by defining additional “Future Blooms” spaces with fencing
Keep Dodge City Beautiful, Kansas, will increase collection services
at its Civic Center recycling drop-off location by adding two
recycling roll-off containers and using the existing bins and
trailer at a new drop-off location in south Dodge, expanding
their collection capabilities at both locations.
Keep Dorchester County Beautiful’s, South Carolina, Waste Reduction
Recycling Education Program teaches children about environmental
awareness and recycling. One aspect of the program is “Recycling
Troopers,” which involves elementary school student volunteers,
who are identified as Recycling Troopers, and have the ability
to issue Gold Stars for classroom recycling. The grant will expand
the program beyond the existing 25 participating schools.
Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful, Texas, will partner with the Northeast
Neighborhoods and/or Shady Grove Church, to build a new Community
Garden in the Dalworth neighborhood. With the help of their local
Eagle Scouts, they will build 40 raised beds. Food grown in the
raised beds will either be kept by the participating gardeners
or donated to People That Care, a local food ministry.
Keep Guntersville Beautiful, Alabama, will establish an outreach
program to stop Lazy Individuals Trashing The Environment Regularly
(LITTER) on Lake Guntersville. The lake serves as the location
for professional fishing tournaments and wakeboard competitions
throughout the year, and is also home to a 69,000 acre state
park. The program will provide free portable solid waste containers
to recreation and transient boaters.
Hot Springs/Garland County Beautification Commission, Arkansas,
will launch the “Save Our Waters - Cage the Plastic” program
to reduce litter in high traffic areas such as parks, beaches
and tourist attraction settings through a comprehensive demonstration
project that will establish new drop-off sites, monitor the effectiveness
of these sites, and launch a new publicity campaign.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Project Green Schools engages youth
in environmental service-learning projects. Project Green Schools
works with Indianapolis schools to create outdoor “classrooms,”
engaging youth in their environment, and teaching them the importance
of protecting it for the future.
Keep Jackson Beautiful, Tennessee, along with the City of Jackson
and countless contributors and volunteers, established Liberty
Garden as a living memorial in honor of the fallen of September
11. Through the grant, KJB will install a “Nature Explore Classroom”
within Liberty Garden, with the goal of promoting family interaction
and reconnecting children with nature.
Keep The Midlands Beautiful’s, South Carolina, new Lose the Baggage
program seeks to significantly increase the use of reusable shopping
bags by residents of the City of Columbia, Lexington County and
The primary objective is to reduce the amount of plastic bags
used by Midlands residents by at least seven million bags a year,
which would represent roughly one out of five of residents making
the switch from plastic to reusable bags.
Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful will create an education and
awareness campaign – “Put It Here” – that addresses littering
behavior in over 140 parks and parkways totaling nearly 15,000
acres in the metro-Milwaukee area. The project adds litter-free
and recycling messaging to the picnic reservation process, and
will also create a PSA featuring community leaders and familiar
Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Georgia, will build a half-acre community
garden in a new park that is currently being developed at the
old City “dump.” The goals of the project are to create an attractive,
functional community garden site with adequate access and water
that will be large enough to accommodate the community’s immediate
needs, with room to grow.
Keep Sugar Land Beautiful’s, Texas, “Planet Earth Cart,” is stocked
with environmentally-themed fiction and nonfiction books, games,
DVDs, puppets and hands on activities that may be incorporated
into lesson plans by educators. The materials found in these
carts cover litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, reuse,
water conservation, runoff pollution, gardening, beautification,
butterflies, birds, and much more.
Keep Tularosa Beautiful will use its grant funds to create a
community park and recreational facility behind the west side
of Tularosa which will allow families a grassy, shady place to
play. The first phase of this project will include installing
an irrigation/sprinkler system, planting several shade trees,