Keep Mississippi Beautiful Award Applications are Open

Submit by March 3, 2021

For over 25 years, Keep Mississippi Beautiful has recognized partners, volunteers, and programs through our annual awards program. Each of our 59 affiliates is asked to submit one or more award applications each year. This is one requirement to be in the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Circle of Excellence. Individuals and groups may also submit nominations: please work with your local affiliate to let them know of your interest in applying for an award, if you have a Keep Mississippi Beautiful affiliate in your area. Check our website for a list of affiliates.

Applications may be found under Affiliate Resources on this website. Applications are due by March 3, 2023. Please contact our office with questions at 601-853-4441.

Good luck and thank you for helping our state BE BEAUTIFUL!

Keep Alabama/Mississippi Meeting

Please register by January 14, 2023

Keep Birmingham Beautiful is thrilled to be hosting the annual Keep Alabama Beautiful/ Keep Mississippi Beautiful Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. This year’s conference will be packed with amazing tools to increase your impact in your communities. 
The conference will take place at the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens on January 26-27, 2023. We welcome all Keep Alabama Beautiful and Keep Mississippi Beautiful affiliates. 
Please complete the registrations below no later than Thursday January 11, 2023. 
Event Dates January 26-27, 2023 
Event Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens 
Event Address: 2612 Lane Park Rd 35223   Hotel Information:Hampton Inn Birmingham/ Mountain Brook Address: 2731 US-280, Birmingham, AL 35223 Phone(205) 870-7822  Room Rates are $109 Per Night Rooms must be reserved by January 14, 2023 Group Name: Keep Alabama and Mississippi Beautiful 
https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/bhmmbhx-kab-2318d7ce-f0a4-47d1-8154-de98d4ab1040/
 You can also book by calling the hotel at (205) 870-7822 and request a reservation for the Keep Alabama and Mississippi Beautiful room block.    Check-In Time is 3pm and Check-Out is Noon.
For any questions contact Sa’de McClaney-Hammond at (205) 254-2662 or kbb@birminghamal.gov

KAB National Conference 2023:  Registration is Now Open!

What:  President & CEO Jenny Lawson will kick off the meeting on President’s Day, February 20th at 4 PM with a Welcome Reception to follow. The conference will conclude on Thursday, the 23rd.

When:  Monday, February 20th to Thursday, February 23rd       

Where: Washington Hilton / 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

Tuesday Keynote:
Leslie Crutchfield, author, social change strategist, educator, and Executive Director of Business for Impact at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will join us on Tuesday, February 21. Leslie has authored three books: How Change Happens (2018); Do More Than Good (2011); and Forces for Good (2007). Following her opening keynote, Ms. Crutchfield will lead a workshop outlining the “Six Factors that Distinguish Successful Movements in How Change Happens.” Learn more about Leslie here.

Conference Registration Details:
The Early Bird registration deadline is January 9th. Highlights of our exciting and developing agenda with great keynote information, travel details, and activities can be found here: NC2023.

Washington Hilton Details:
It is recommended that you book your room early by following the link here: Washington Hilton/KAB National Conference* or by calling (202) 483-3000. The room rate is $187.00, plus taxes and fees.

Questions? Please contact April Wennerstrom,
Director of Training at awennerstrom@kab.org.

*Peak night availability begins on Monday, February 20th.

Though the Washington Hilton may offer a few shoulder nights pre- and post-conference 

as a courtesy, the main conference will be held Monday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

Eco-friendly Tips for the Thanksgiving Season

Thankfulness shows gratitude to others. It also makes each of us feel better – warming our spirits, lifting our moods, and even helping our health improve over time.

What’s even better than giving thanks?

For us, it’s giving thanks while going green – call it a ‘Thanksgreening!’ Here are a few eco-friendly tips to add sustainability to your holiday menu

Decorate with nature. Bring fragrant beauty into your home with pine branches, pinecones, acorns, and colorful fallen leaves. And after the holidays, these decorations can all be returned to nature!

Shop locally. Try shopping at a farmer’s market near you. Local foods require less transportation and tend to be grown on smaller farms using more sustainable practices. 

Reduce food waste. Tons of food will be scraped into the garbage this weekend. Cook and serve quantities aimed at reducing food waste. If able, compost leftovers that won’t be eaten.

Send us your favorite recipes! We know Mississippi has some of the best in the nation!

Happy Thanksgiving from Keep Mississippi Beautiful

America Recycles Day November 15

ABOUT AMERICA RECYCLES DAY

It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States! Held on and around November 15, America Recycles Day educates and encourages individuals on how to be more mindful of what they consume, where and how to properly recycle, and to pledge to recycle more and recycle right in their everyday lives.  

Focusing on individual action, the day highlights the actions we can all take to collectively address the challenges facing our nation’s recycling system. Through ARD, Keep America Beautiful and its partners inspire communities and individuals to recognize the economic, environmental, and social benefits of recycling. Keep America Beautiful urges people to pledge to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle in every aspect of their life. The #BeRecycled pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by: 

  1. Recycling at home, work, school and on the go; 
  2. Buying products made with recycled content; and 
  3. Educating and encouraging friends, family, and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled pledge 

Aside from the #BeRecycled Pledge, people can be part of the recycling solution by participating or hosting their own America Recycles Day event. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15. Keep America Beautiful encourages all participants and event organizers to follow state and local health guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Sponsors of this year’s America Recycles Day include Title Sponsor Cox Enterprises, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), and BlueTriton.  

Keep America Beautiful National Conference Call for Presentations

Keep Mississippi Beautiful Affiliates Encouraged to Apply

When:  February 20-22, 2023
Where:  Washington Hilton / 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. 
Conference registration and hotel registration links will be available soon. Book your room by following the link here: Washington Hilton/KAB National Conference

Call for Presentations:
Are you interested in presenting a topic, sharing your knowledge in a future KAB Webinar, or facilitating a session at the 2023 Keep America Beautiful National Conference? KAB seeks new and seasoned affiliate leaders and presenters to lead and facilitate engaging educational sessions on the latest trends and emerging topics within our network. 

We encourage interested parties to apply to present a topic that will inform community leaders about proven practices and innovative programs, as well as motivate attendees to pursue excellence and professionalism. Visit us here to submit a proposal, or visit us here to view and print the PDF version prior to applying.

  • This is an open-ended and ongoing application.
  • Presentations should be 30-45 minutes in length, including at least 10 minutes for interaction. 
  • We encourage all National Award Recipients to consider applying and sharing their knowledge with others. 
  • If your proposal is selected for the National Conference, you will be contacted no later than November 11, 2022.

For more information on the conference or to learn more about how to get involved, please contact April Wennerstrom, Director of Training/KAB National Conference here.

KAB Shares Ways to Keep Your Halloween Sustainable

WHAT’S THE SCARIEST THING ABOUT HALLOWEEN? THE WASTE.

The October holiday has an impact on the environment due to the mass production of disposable decorations and costumes, as well as candy wrappers, that aren’t recyclable or biodegradable. 

Here are ways to keep Halloween boo-tifully sustainable without sacrificing the fun!

DECK OUT YOUR HAUNTED MANSION WITH LOW (OR ZERO) WASTE DECORATIONS.

You don’t have to break the bank buying new Halloween decorations every year. There are so many natural options and fun DIY projects that you can do with items already in your home! You can look for ideas online, but here are a few to get you started: 

— Beyond pumpkins, use other seasonal food items like gourds, squash, dried corn husks and apples. You can also use dried flowers, twigs and leaves to create a cozy autumn vibe on your porch!

– Upcycle jars or bottles from your kitchen into festive candles and lanterns.

– Use black yarn to create spiderwebs on your walls or prop up white sheets to look like ghosts!

MAKE A WICKEDLY CLEVER COSTUME THAT CAN BE REUSED OR RECYCLED!

Homemade costumes are always the party favorites anyway, right? There are so many DIY Halloween costumes you can make from items you already have at home, or by getting a little creative with recyclable supplies.

If you’re not the DIY type, consider doing a costume swap with friends, raiding someone’s closet or checking out a secondhand thrift store in your neighborhood! 

COMPOST THOSE JACK-O-LANTERNS! 

When you’re ready to toss your pumpkins and gourds, remember to compost them instead of adding them to your trash. Composting is a great way to add nutrient-rich soil to your garden. 

Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Partners Earn Keep America Beautiful Accolades

STAMFORD, Conn. (August 1, 2022) – Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has recognized 26 community organizations and individuals through its 2021 National Awards program.

The Keep America Beautiful National Awards program celebrates the work of its nearly 700 community-based affiliates, millions of volunteers and participants, and corporate and community partners for their commitment to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities.

Winners were selected in the following categories:

  • Individual Achievement Awards: Lady Bird Johnson Award; Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award
  • Innovation Awards: State and Local Affiliate Innovation Awards
  • State Agency Partnership Recognition Awards

“Recognizing and honoring our affiliates, state agencies, and individuals each year is so important, as they are the backbone of our daily work to clean, green, and beautify communities across America,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO, Jennifer Lawson. “These awardees exemplify putting communities first, teamwork, and a genuine desire to ensure that everyone lives in a beautiful community. Congratulations and thank you to the 2021 award recipients!”

The Keep America Beautiful Innovation Award salutes affiliates that have created innovative partnerships and programs to further the mission of Keep America Beautiful. The Innovation Awards are intended to honor true innovation. These are unique ideas or methods and/or creative or non-traditional approaches to solving challenges. The Innovation Awards recognize new approaches that help facilitate growth within an organization. An innovative partnership or program may be original in concept or may be the development of novel and different methods of established partnerships or programs.

Innovation Awards for 2021 are awarded to the following:

  • Keep Ridgeland Beautiful (MS) – Local Partnership
  • Keep Orlando Beautiful (FL) – Local Program
  • Keep Indian River Beautiful (FL) – Local Partnership
  • Keep Coral Gables Beautiful (FL) – Local Program
  • Keep Charlotte Beautiful (FL) – Local Partnership
  • Keep Irving Beautiful (TX) – Local Program
  • Keep Brevard Beautiful (FL) – Local Partnership
  • Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GA) – Local Program
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (IN) – Local Program
  • Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (PA) – State Partnership
  • Keep Tennessee Beautiful (TN) – State Program

The Keep America Beautiful State Agency Partnership Recognition National Award honors state Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality, and/or other state agencies for their support of Keep America Beautiful State Affiliates. These are the partners that help our State Affiliates get the job done, and Keep America Beautiful is grateful for their support and partnership.

State Agency Partnership Awards for 2021 are awarded to the following:

  • Caltrans – California Department of Transportation – Keep California Beautiful  
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality – Keep Oklahoma Beautiful    
  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation – Keep Oklahoma Beautiful   
  • Oklahoma Turnpike Authority – Keep Oklahoma Beautiful   
  • Oklahoma Forestry Department – Keep Oklahoma Beautiful  
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 
  • PA Department of Transportation – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 
  • TN State Parks – Keep Tennessee Beautiful 
  • Tennessee Department of Tourist Development – Keep Tennessee Beautiful 
  • TN Department of Transportation – Keep Tennessee Beautiful 
  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks – Keep Mississippi Beautiful 
  • Mississippi Department of Transportation – Keep Mississippi Beautiful 
  • Mississippi Department University Extension – Keep Mississippi Beautiful 

Congratulations to the 2021 National Award winners from Keep America Beautiful and thank you for your hard work and commitment to ensure everyone lives in a beautiful community.

JOIN KAB IN NEW YORK CITY FOR VISION 2022

Join us October 26-27 to discuss our “Vision for a Litter-Free America” and engage with leaders from government, business, and the nonprofit sector to further KAB’s ground-breaking work
toward a litter-free America.

ABOUT THE EVENT  

With the theme “Vision for a Litter-Free America,” Vision 2022 will engage leaders from government, business, and the nonprofit sector to further KAB’s ground-breaking work toward a litter-free America.

The Keep America Beautiful Vision for America event is a 30-year tradition. After 2 years of delivering digital experience, we’re pleased to be back in person this year for a two-day working, learning, and celebration event that will highlight the power of tri-sector leadership to urgently address litter as an essential element of healthy civic infrastructure, environmental integrity, and community equity. It’ll take place October 26 & 27 in NYC at Rockefeller Center.

#KeepAmericaBeautiful #DoBeautifulThings #Vision2022



*both in-person and virtual options available

Keep American Beautiful Encourages Participation in National CleanUp Day on September 17

“National CleanUp Day is such a great opportunity for individuals to get out there and make a difference! These cleanups are an important building block toward a better environment for us all. As we share in the celebration of cleaner, greener, and more beautiful communities today, we look forward to continuing to support volunteerism through cleanups in our affiliate network and throughout the nation.”

Keep America Beautiful President and CEO, Jennifer Lawson

DENVER, CO (Sept. 7, 2022) – National CleanUp Day®, in partnership with EARTHDAY.ORGKeep America Beautiful®, and Let’s Do It World (organizers ofWorld Cleanup Day), will return for its sixth year on Saturday, September 17. Volunteers throughout the country will participate in the removal of trash via thousands of organized cleanups, large and small, throughout the nation.

Whether it’s a major cleanup with thousands of participants or a small group effort of a dozen or less, all participants make a major difference by participating in National CleanUp Day. Held annually on the third Saturday every September, National CleanUp Day addresses the issue of excess waste and litter across America.

Since the inaugural cleanups in 2017, hundreds of thousands of participants have helped clean up parks, beaches, rivers, and forests across the country, removing tons of litter in the process. Each year the enthusiasm from volunteers has grown, and in turn so has turnout and the number of cleanups, with hundreds of thousands expected to participate this September alone.

EARTHDAY.ORG is a long time partner of National CleanUp Day, also partnering on their own cleanups in April for their Great Global Cleanup. They saw tangible results during the Great Global Cleanup that they hope to replicate this September. 

EARTHDAY.ORG President Kathleen Rogers expounded; “National CleanUp Day is a pivotal partner of EARTHDAY.ORG in our effort to draw attention to the global waste crisis, particularly plastics. With their help, EARTHDAY.ORG’s Great Global Cleanup in April took close to 160 million pounds of plastics and other toxic waste out of our waterways, our parks, and our communities. More than 13.5 million volunteers participated from 187 countries. In addition to protecting the environment, we are activating our cleanup volunteers to support the newly introduced global plastics treaty. Our goal is to build the world’s largest effort to eliminate plastics and other waste from our environment once and for all. This September’s National CleanUp Day will continue that positive momentum.”

Keep America Beautiful is another pivotal partner and organizer in the event. “National CleanUp Day is such a great opportunity for individuals to get out there and make a difference! These cleanups are an important building block toward a better environment for us all,” said President and CEO, Jennifer Lawson. “As we share in the celebration of cleaner, greener, and more beautiful communities today, we look forward to continuing to support volunteerism through cleanups in our affiliate network and throughout the nation.”

Heidi Solba, President and Head of the Global Network of Let’s Do It World, the organizers of World CleanUp Day, expressed her excitement about their partnership with National CleanUp Day as well. “Cleaning up the world alone is not enough – we need to work with other like-minded organizations from all sectors. We as humanity are drowning in our own waste, a situation that needs focused attention. On World Cleanup Day 2022, we will engage thousands of organizations and millions of volunteers with our global network in a global challenge. We are extremely happy that our campaign finds support from our global partners like National CleanUp Day.”

Volunteers across the nation, and around the world as part of World Cleanup Day, will be cleaning up their communities during September.  To view a map of cleanups, join, or even create your own, please visit nationalcleanupday.org.

About National CleanUp Day

National CleanUp Day is a call to action. National CleanUp Day is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to keeping our nation’s urban, rural, and outdoor public spaces free of litter and trash. This year’s National CleanUpDay is supported by the number one seller of oatmilk in the US, Planet Oat and a network of environmentally conscious partners. Learn more at nationalcleanupday.org 

About EARTHDAY.ORG:

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Its flagship volunteer initiative, The Great Global Cleanup™ takes place in April each year and engages millions of volunteers in creating clean communities worldwide. Learn more at earthday.org.

About Keep America Beautiful 

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green, and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 700 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Learn more at kab.org.

About Let’s Do It World

Let’s Do It World is a global organization that unites more than 164 countries’ teams worldwide into the biggest active network to unite their efforts for the waste free World. The World Cleanup Day is the biggest global one-day event organized by LDIW and during the last four worldwide cleanups have engaged more than 65 million people from 191 countries. Let’s Do It World network is addressing numerous global and regional projects to catalyze the activities in countries for the circular economy as well for the zero waste. Learn more at worldcleanupday.org