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2012 Keep Ohio Beautiful Annual Report
Dangers of and How to Combat Metal Scrapping, Tires, Meth Labs and Illegal Dumps will be Covered at Environmental Law Enforcement Training Workshop in Elyria
Local and state environmental crimes experts will share their knowledge
at FREE training workshop in Elyria on March 21.
The workshop will be held Friday, March 21, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lorain County Transportation + Community Center, Twentieth Century Room - 40 East Avenue - Elyria, OH 44035.
A registration form can be downloaded HERE or call 330-338-8328.
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 5.50 CLEs.
If you can’t report or announce this workshop, please consider sharing via your social media networks.
2014 Environmental Law Enforcement Training Workshops to be held:
March 21 - Lorain County - Elyria
May 2 - Belmont/Jefferson County - Steubenville
September 19 - Delaware County - Lewis Center
October 24 - Perry County - New Lexington
December 5 - Clermont County
Additional workshops to be held in 2015!
Keep Ohio Beautiful and the Home Depot Foundation
Creates Outdoor Refuge at Chalmers P. Wylie
Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center
Keep Ohio Beautiful and The Home Depot Foundation visited the Chalmers P. Wylie Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center on October 17 to create a peaceful green space for veterans and their families.The Columbus VA initiative is among several similar projects funded by a grant to Keep Ohio Beautiful from the Home Depot Foundation.
Approximately 80 Home Depot associates from 14 Home Depot stores in central Ohio worked to help enhance outdoor space for the veterans. The volunteers installed multiple projects, including:
- A paver patio with a pergola, which will be used for entertainment and education for outdoor programs and events.
- A patio with seating and plantings for veterans and their families to relax and visit while they are at the Medical Center for treatment.
- Two raised planters where veterans can plant and care for annuals and vegetables.
- A buffer zone comprised of 25 arborvitae trees around the grounds to make it an inviting space for veterans and their families.
“These projects provide veterans with increased access to new and improved gardens, but also an opportunity to be actively engaged in horticultural activities with the introduction of raised beds and planters, and have peaceful visiting areas with the addition of the patios,” explained Michael Mennett, Executive Director of Keep Ohio Beautiful.
The green space around the Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center is used for a variety of activities, such as exercise, picnics and patient rehabilitation through horticulture therapy practices. A comprehensive garden program was developed to allow veterans to grow plants from seed and distribute the grown vegetables to other veterans. With the new raised beds, veterans who are physically compromised will now have an easier time participating in this activity.
“I would characterize the veterans’ sentiment towards this project as one of gratitude, and when individuals and organizations honor their service through projects like this, there is a genuine sense of appreciation for their efforts,” said Keith Sullivan, director, Chalmers P. Wylie Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center. “With the help of Keep Ohio Beautiful and the Home Depot Foundation, the new greening projects add to our ongoing Relationship Based Care Initiative that aims to care for the veterans’ mind, body and spirit through a caring and healing environment.”
After the work was completed, Keep Ohio Beautiful held a dedication ceremony with remarks from speakers Dan Weisenbach, vice president, Keep Ohio Beautiful; Frank Graves, RPSM, Ohio Valley northern division, Home Depot; Keith Sullivan, director of the Chalmers P. Wylie Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center; Rick Isabel, Mayor Coleman’s cabinet member and veterans affairs coordinator; and Mayor Kim Maggard, The City of Whitehall.“
The Home Depot Foundation shares a passion with Keep Ohio Beautiful to help make a difference in the lives of the veterans at the Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We were thrilled to be part of their efforts by lending a hand for this project that will benefit so many veterans and their families.”
Keep Ohio Beautiful Celebrated National Planting Day
on Sept. 17, 2013 at Ohio Statehouse
A Woodland Restoration Native Garden was planted to beautify statehouse grounds
Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB) celebrated National Planting Day on September 17, 2013 by planting a new Woodland Restoration Native Garden at the north side of the Ohio Statehouse. This is KOB’s second annual native planting day at the Ohio Statehouse.
National Planting Day celebrated the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, KOB hosted a public event at the North Plaza of the statehouse to beautify the grounds with Ohio native plants by planting a Woodland Restoration and Demonstration Garden. Why plant natives? “Native species of plants and wildlife are losing ground to suburbanization and fragmented habitats. Yet, natives provide the best sources of food and habitat for pollinators and other important wildlife. Native plants are hardy, and require lower maintenance and less water than other ornamentals,” saidKaren M. Wise, Manager, Natural Resources Consulting, The Davey Tree Expert Company.
The species included in this woodland restoration were carefully selected by scientists at Davey with the assistance from Tamra Ansel, Grounds Manager with the Capital Square Review & Advisory Board. The plants were donated by Arcola Creek Nursery in Lake County and Riverside Native Tree Farm in Delaware County. The centerpiece of the garden is an American Linden from Davey’s nursery in Wooster.
“Studies have shown that a beautified community translates into a safe, healthy community and improves quality of life,” said KOB executive director Michael Mennett. “By honoring National Planting Day, we’ll show Ohioans the benefits of preserving and creating green spaces with drought-tolerant native plants and demonstrate how easy it is to make a difference in their communities. Plus, it seems right that Ohio natives should have a prominent place in the Ohio Statehouse gardens.”
Approximately 120 individuals joined Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates along with Ohio legislators; the Honorable Richard H. Finan, Capital Square Review and Advisory Board chairman; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Keep Columbus Beautiful, and others. High school students from the Tolles Career & Technical Center completed the planting, and organizations from throughout the state were on hand to educate attendees about native plants.
Are you interested in sharing recycling information with family and friends or conducing a recycling collection event? If so, why not host an America Recycles Day Event!"
America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB)
takes place annually on November 15, and recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling - every day - all throughout the year.
Online event registration is now open at Americarecyclesday.org for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host events. This year we have switched our registration process over to Re-TRAC Connect. A complete step by step how- to- registration guide can be found on the Host An Event page of the ARD website.
To support event organizers, there are best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations, and much more. Events can be scheduled any time during the fall, but should be held as close to November 15 as possible. For more information, log on to www.americarecyclesday.org
Help us transform public spaces into beautiful places by donating your car to Keep America Beautiful's Cars to Donate program.
When you make a used car donation to KAB, you can also support Keep Texas Beautiful and our affiliates as well. The proceeds of each and every car donation will be shared between national KAB and the state/local affiliate of your choice.
What can you donate?
• Construction or farm equipment
• Any other vehicle – running or not!
Donating your car, truck or SUV to Keep America Beautiful is easy and completely hassle-free. They will handle the pick-up and other arrangements at no additional cost to you. Your donated vehicle will be sold by a licensed dealer with the proceeds benefiting Keep America Beautiful and its affiliates.
Click here for more information about this program, and to access the online donation form.
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; and Matthew 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
Keep Ohio Beautiful Community Award
Category – population less than 25,000
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)
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
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.
In 2012, KOB and its affiliates removed 4,520,201 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
7,428,178 pounds of solid waste kept out of landfills in 2012.
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 185,014 Ohio residents were touched through Keep Ohio Beautiful and its affiliates’ programs in 2012.
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.