2015 Awards of Excellence Winners

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I Public Education Awards
Adults Sevier Solid Waste Inc. $1,000:

  • Sevier Solid Waste Inc. (SSWI) operates the largest co-composting facility in the United States. SSWI realized how important it was to educate others about recycling and litter prevention. with that in mind, they utilized their resources and began to educate the community by providing tours of the plant. SSWI also partnered with local KTnB affiliate, Keep Sevier Beautiful, in order to properly clean up and restore blighted property. Due to SSWI efforts on educating the community, Sevier County is recognized in having the highest rate of recycling in Tennessee.


Business Interlocal Solid Waste Authority (Carol Fulmer-Winchester) $1,000

  • Interlocal Solid Waste Authority (ISWA) partnered with various cities and organizations in Franklin County to fire up their County-wide clean up event, which ran from the end of March to the middle of May. The overall theme of the clean-up event was “Let’s Clean Up. Company’s Coming. Show your Pride Community-wide.” ISWA educated businesses about the free cardboard recycling program that the county offers. Franklin County supplies a 6 yd. container and picks up recyclables on a weekly basis for free. ISWA also provides stackable recycling bins to businesses that choose to participate in the county’s recycling program.


Government Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (Nashville) $1,000

  • Metro Beautification and Environment Commission (MBEC) wanted to  raise awareness to the nashville community about how cigarette butts are the most littered item in the United States. MBEC decided to take it to the streets at the CMA Musical Festival that was held in Nashville in June 2014. Nearly 100,000 people attended the 2014 event. MBEC, Metro Stormwater, and volunteers handed out Approximately 11,000 pocket ashtrays as well as 200 cigarette butt containers for vehicles during the event. After the four-day event, a litter scan was conducted, and A total of 10 cigarette butts were found on the streets and sidewalks of the festival area. About 7,500 cigarette butts were found properly disposed in ash receptacles at the event area. After their success in bringing awareness to the Nashville community, 30 ash receptacles were donated to the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Clean and Safe program so that they can be permanently placed in downtown Nashville.


Media Keep Sevier Beautiful $1,000

  • Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB), an East Tennessee affiliate, realized that they needed to utilize the media in order to raise awareness and communicate KSB’s message. Due to the large amount of visitors that Sevier County receives every single year, KSB realized how important it was to keep their community litter free. KSB utilized print media, broadcasting stations, news stations, as well as the digital media. KSB built strong relationships with the media and educated them in order to gain their expertise. Increasing awareness throughout the community has helped the organization grow. In 2013, KSB’s litter index was a 1.47 and in 2014, the litter index was at 1.68. Creating a strong presence in the media is an important sector to utilize.


Schools - Grades K-8 Keep Sevier Beautiful $1,000

  • Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB) wanted to find a way to interactively educate children at a younger age so they could potentially develop good habits for the future. KSB went to every school system in the County and educated every second, fourth, and sixth grade class. Also, KSB sponsored a county-wide essay contest as well as visited after-school programs to educate children who attended the Boys&Girls Club and KidsPlace. In 2014, KSB even developed a book called “Evie Goes Green and Clean.” This book was read to every second grade class in the county. Evie the dog would even visit each school to promote “going green!” In addition to educating students, KSB created an outdoor classroom at Sevierville Primary School that was complete with trees, wildlife homes, raised garden beds, rainwater barrels, and a composting barrel. This outdoor classroom has provided students to have a more hands-on learning experience.


Schools - Grades 9-12 Portland High School (Michelle Gilliam) $1,000

  • Portland High School is located in Sumner County, Tennessee. In the school year of 2007, a special education classroom came up with an idea for a project that would help raise money for classmates through recycling aluminum cans. The event was called “Cans for Christmas” and they hoped to raise money through recycling aluminum cans to help provide a Christmas for a student in need. Fast forward several years later and the event has become a school-wide EVENT that is supported by approximately 1,200 people including students, faculty and staff. After researching recyclable materials, PHS discovered that 80% of their trash could be recycled. After meeting with the Mayor of Portland, PHS was able to be supported to have recycling bins placed in their school. Over the years, PHS has recycled 500 pounds of aluminum cans through their “Cans for Christmas” can drive.


Higher Education - Junior Colleges, Universities & Vocational Memphis City Beautiful $1,000

  • Memphis City Beautiful teamed up with students at the University of Memphis to help expand the Memphis River Warriors program. This program focuses on litter prevention around the Mississippi River. The Memphis River Warriors also focuses on areas such as Nonconnah, McKellar Lake, the Mississippi River, and Wolf River Harbor. Most of their efforts were to clean up the area and recycle. However, this alliance helped educate the students on the importance of litter prevention and recycling. Between 2013 and 2014, Memphis River Warriors held 12 clean ups that brought in 1,350 volunteers who donated over 4,056 hours. These volunteers were able to pick up over 78,300 pounds of trash and recycle 9,038 pounds of trash. Throughout all of their past efforts, Memphis River Warriors has collected over 105,000 pounds of trash.

 

II Public Participation Awards
Great American Cleanup Awards
Most Improved Program(s) Keep Anderson County Beautiful $1,000

  • Keep Anderson County Beautiful (KACB) made the decision to re-vamp their Great American Clean-up Program. They developed a “Go Greener and Cleaner Challenge” for members in their community to get involved in. KACB gave out litter grabbers that read, “Keep Anderson County Beautiful and Litter Free- Sponsored by TDOT Litter Grant.” These litter grabbers were handed out to community members in order to encourage them to pick up litter not only during the Great American Cleanup, but also throughout the year. KACB also partnered with the Clinch River Trout Unlimited Chapter (CRTUC) in order to reach out to trout fishers and encourage them to help keep a clean Clinch River. Due to KACB efforts and passing out litter grabbers to community members, the County Litter Index has steadily dropped every year. In the fall of 2012, the county’s litter index was 1.86, and it dropped to 1.45 by fall 2014.


Most Innovative Event(s) Memphis City Beautiful $1,000

  • In 2013, Memphis City Beautiful (MCB) realized that the community’s litter had gotten out of hand. Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. of Memphis realized that this was an issue that needed to be addressed. MCB came up with a way to engage community members, and create the largest clean up in Memphis history. Due to the large number of faith-based citizens in the area, MCB and the Mayor decided to host the “Faith in Action Memphis Cleanup.” MCB hosted two Faith in Action Cleanups: one in October 2013 and the other in April 2014. In the October cleanup, 99 organizations and 3,727 volunteers helped in the 3-day cleanup event. For the April cleanup, MCB set a goal to have 10,000 volunteers to show up and help clean up the community. MCB surpassed their expectations and the April “Faith in Action Memphis cleanup” had 12,276 volunteers to show up and help out.


Most Comprehensive Great American Cleanup Program Dyer County/Dyersburg (Charles Maxey) $1,000

  • Dyer County, along with the help of Dyersburg, Trimble, and Newbern, work during the month of April to keep the community beautiful. The month of April in Dyer County is designated as “Keep Tennessee Beautiful and Litter Prevention Month.” During this month, many projects go on to make their community a better place. Some of the projects include: building wheelchair ramps, planting flower gardens, repairing and painting homes of those who are in need, and cleaning, repairing, and repainting buildings of non-profit areas. Volunteers also picked up 15-20 bags of litter around the community. All of Dyer County’s media outlets, which include 3 radio stations, a daily and weekly newspaper, all donated their air time and space for the cause. They are currently running an anti-litter ad campaign. Dyer County held a Great American Cleanup Event both in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Dyer County had over 550 volunteers who donated over 1,700 hours. They collected over 1,760,000 pounds of litter, and were able to recycle over 7,014 pounds of various items. In 2014, Dyer County was able to improve 58 landscape areas, collect 1,560 pounds of litter and 17.5 miles of highway litter, and completed 1,120 beautification tasks.



America Recycles Day of TN Award Memphis City Beautiful $1,000

  •  Memphis City Beautiful teamed up with students at the University of Memphis to help expand the Memphis River Warriors program. This program focuses on litter prevention around the Mississippi River. The Memphis River Warriors also focuses on areas such as Nonconnah, McKellar Lake, the Mississippi River, and Wolf River Harbor. Most of their efforts were to clean up the area and recycle. However, this alliance helped educate the students on the importance of litter prevention and recycling. Between 2013 and 2014, Memphis River Warriors held 12 clean ups that brought in 1,350 volunteers who donated over 4,056 hours. These volunteers were able to pick up over 78,300 pounds of trash and recycle 9,038 pounds of trash. Throughout all of their past efforts, Memphis River Warriors has collected over 105,000 pounds of trash.



Adopt-A-Highway Awards Small Group (No Winner/0 Entries) $1,000
Large Group Keep Putnam County Beautiful Clean Commission $1,000

  • Keep Putnam County Beautiful Clean Commission currently has an on-going program called “Adopt-A-Road.” The program has 30 groups who agree to clean a 1-mile stretch of city roads at least up to three times each year. This program encourages and keeps the roads of Putnam County litter free. This past year the “Adopt-A-Road” program collected over 354 bags of litter and had 625 hours in volunteering. Due to their success, Putnam County has received grant funding in order to help maintain the program. They have also used their grant money in order to have available recycling equipment for their county. Due to their efforts with this program, the county’s litter index has decreased by 12%.



Lakes, Rivers & Streams Litter Free Award STREAM-Lipscomb Academy Elementary School (Becky Collins - Nashville) $2,000

  • Lipscomb Academy Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee proposed a simple question: “Where did the tadpoles go?” The campus hosts a local stream and the school noticed how life had diminished over the years. A year-long environmental study began, and students and staff began to research the stream’s water. Lipscomb University Power of Science students spent time researching with the elementary kids by using water testing kits. After discovering that the stream’s water pH levels would not support aquatic life, the Metro Water Service was contacted for further professional testing. The testing from Metro Water Service confirmed the students’ findings, which ultimately found traces of chlorine and fluoride in the stream. These results indicated that there was a water leak. The students began the process to restore life back into the stream. Vegetation, shrubs, and trees that were donated by TN Riparian Buffer Zone Program and GroWild were planted by the students and volunteers.  By March 12, 2015, there efforts were successful because tadpoles were once again discovered.



III Leadership Awards
Edith Heller Lifetime Achievement Award Lawrence Jackson of Metro Beautification & Environment Commission (Nashville) $2,000

  • Beginning in 1992, Lawrence Jackson began serving as the volunteer district Commissioner with Metro Beautification in Davidson, County. From then on out, he has dedicated his life to working with Metro Beautification. Lawrence has held many titles: from serving as present of his neighborhood association, to serving as Beautification Commissioner, to also serving as the Community Liaison with Beautification.  Since his recent retirement in 2015, he has also been serving as a part-time CS supervisor. Lawrence has been devoted to his community and has wanted to make it a better place. Lawrence is a respectable leader in his community, and has led volunteer groups who were responsible for picking up over 6,390,000 pounds of litter, recycling 18,273 tires, cleaning up 15,665 illegal dumpsites, and reviving 249 vacant lots. Without his hard work and dedication, Lawrence wouldn’t have been able to make an impact and educate so many in his community.



Outstanding Educational & Community Leadership Community Group Keep Morristown Hamblen Beautiful $1,000

  • Crossroads Downtown Partnership (CDP) is a community group that volunteers to keep downtown Morristown beautiful. CDP implemented the KAB- Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to Morristown’s Main Street. CDP noticed that Main Street businesses did not have ash receptacles for cigarettes butts to be disposed of. CDP used a $2,000 grant, pocket ashtrays, and cup-holder ashtrays from KAB in order to fully implement this program. CDP also purchased 15 wall mount receptacles with their $2,000 grant, and installed them at transition points all over downtown. Six weeks after the receptacles were installed CDP saw a 59% decrease in cigarette litter. After one year of the ash receptacles being placed, CDP saw an additional 21% decrease in cigarette litter. In addition to the wall-mount receptacles, the pocket ashtrays were distributed throughout their community as an educational tool to prevent cigarette litter.

Community Volunteer David Veridal of Keep Cocke County Beautiful $1,000

  • David Veridal, a former board chairman for Keep Cocke County Beatiful, used his leadership to properly clean up and dispose of illegal dumpsites that were found on the side of the roads. With his help along with many other volunteers, the program, Remove Illegal Dumpsites (RID), was formed. During the RID campaign, a total of 147 sites were addressed, and 140,620 pounds of litter were collected. Tires were also picked up every year with a collection average of 26,600 pounds. David gives all of his time to RID as well as county litter prevention, recycling and greening. He commits in over 150 volunteer hours every month.


Martin L. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Litter Grant Administrator Laura Howard of Keep Sevier Beautiful $1,000

  • Laura Howard has served as Keep Sevier Beautiful’s Executive Director. Laura had such a passion for her community that she went above and beyond keeping Sevier County a beautiful place. As a leader, Laura devoted her time to educating over 14,000 students in her community. She also reached out to local businesses, and taught them the importance of litter prevention and recycling. Laura Howard always went above and beyond her job duties to make her community a more beautiful place to live.

 

Martin L. Kennedy Award for Outsanding Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Coordinator Pat Imperato of Keep Anderson County Beautiful $1,000

  • Pat Imperato has been a great leader through Keep Anderson County Beautiful. She brings a positive moral to the organization which has helped them succeed over the years. With previously working with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Imperato brought those skills and knowledge to the table at KACB. During her time at KACB, Imperato has served as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. She jumped in head first to the KACB program and has started and organized many projects. For example, she organized an America Recycles Day in Anderson County, and, over five years, has helped with recycling over 46 tons of trash. She has also totaled in over 2,500 volunteer hours with KACB.



IV TDOT County Litter Grant Program Awards
Class I Award Keep Chester County Beautiful $3,000

  • Chester County Solid Waste Department realizes how important it is to educate their community about the importance of recycling and proper litter disposal. The department has a recycling coordinator that tours seven schools in Chester County. The coordinator teaches children from kindergarten to sixth grade. They also use an interactive learning system that they have developed.  They have a mascot named Chester the Recycling Chipmunk, who helps teach students about recycling and litter prevention through presentations, hand-outs, games, and meeting with recycling men in the community. Each school is also provided with recycling bins and receptacles that the Chester County Solid Waste Department picks up to dispose of every Tuesday. The recycling coordinator also purchases a billboard to raise awareness about recycling and littering. This billboard has about 17,000 spectators seeing this billboard every year along with countless visitors driving through.


Class II Award Fentress County Solid Waste $3,000

  • The Fentress County Solid Waste Department goes the extra mile to keep Fentress County’s roads litter free. The department also has the privilege to educate children in schools by providing their message, “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and NEVER Litter.” With all of their efforts, the department has increased the amount of trash picked up in a year’s time. The past year the department was able to pick up 10.81 tons of litter.


Class III Award Keep Sevier County Beautiful $3,000

  • Keep Sevier Beautiful organizes ways to pick up litter around their community as well as educate children and adults in their community. They have created interactive learning projects for students to engage in. Along with educating students, KSB has educated businesses, the media, and the government through various events.  KSB has also created a Litter Awareness Month, where they partner with volunteers to pick up litter and recycle. In the past two years, KSB has successfully picked up 40,525 pounds of trash, and has recycled 34,170 pounds of paper; 67,558 pounds of electronics; 20,800 pounds of latex paint; and 2,701 pairs of shoes through various community-wide events.


Class IV Award Scenic Cities Beautiful (Hamilton County) $3,000

  • Scenic Cities Beautiful is an organization that can be found in Hamilton County.  SCB has partnered with the Courts Community Services (CCS). This partnership has given the opportunity for non-violent offenders to serve an optional sentence, and help clean up their community. SCB has also partnered with businesses including River City Company, Collier Construction, Safety Kleen, Chamber Councils, Hamilton Place Mall, and Cigna. SCB has also educated students in schools, the public, the media, and the government. Scenic Cities Beautiful’s efforts are to prevent litter and how to properly dispose of solid waste.



V Keep America Beautiful - TN Affiliate Awards
Population 40,000 & Under Keep Bristol Beautiful $3,000

  • Keep Bristol Beautiful (KBB) holds four annual events that directly impacts the community to make it a more beautiful place. KBB hosts a Great American Cleanup event which rallied over 600 participants to attend and volunteer. The second event is the South Holston Lake & River Cleanup which just had its 22nd anniversary.  The event had over 500 volunteers who were able to remove around 11 tons of litter from the lake and river. Next, KBB also hosts a Conservation Camp which allows over 800 students to attend and be educated on how to keep our community litter free. Lastly, KBB hosts an America Recycles Day which was held on November 15. KBB also has a Mobile Classroom which can travel all over to teach children and adults the importance of litter prevention, recycling, and greening.


Population 60,000 & Under Keep Kingsport Beautiful $3,000

  •  Keep Kingsport Beautiful (KKB) involves the community in various events to educate them on why litter prevention, recycling, and beautification are so important. Each year KKB hosts over 60 projects, programs, and events for the community to participate in. In 2014, KKB was able to raise over $44,000 to support its foundation through donors, events, fundraisers, grants, and sponsorships. In 2014, Kingsport had a Litter Index Rating of 1.06. During Kingsport’s Great American Cleanup, the community was able to collect over 3 million pounds of trash.


Population 100,000 & Under Keep Sevier Beautiful $3,000

  • Keep Sevier Beautiful organizes ways to pick up litter around their community as well as educate children and adults in their community. They have created interactive learning projects for students to engage in. Along with educating students, KSB has educated businesses, the media, and the government through various events.  KSB has also created a Litter Awareness Month, where they partner with volunteers to pick up litter and recycle. In the past two years, KSB has successfully picked up 40,525 pounds of trash, and has recycled 34,170 pounds of paper; 67,558 pounds of electronics; 20,800 pounds of latex paint; and 2,701 pairs of shoes through various community-wide events.


Population 100,001 & Above Memphis City Beautiful $3,000

  • Memphis City Beautiful (MCB) is one of the first and oldest beautification commissions in the nation. MCB hosts many programs and services for its community to get involved in every year. They have hosted events such as the “Faith in Action Cleanup”, which was the largest faith-based cleanups in Tennessee, and the Curb Couture Fashion Show. Memphis creates events that are community driven, and are fun to go to. In 2014, MCB had 39,411 volunteers to participate in one of their 766 events.  Memphis’s Litter Index Score was 1.81.