Over the summer, Keep Phoenix Beautiful and two other affiliates of Keep America Beautiful, in Akron, OH and Huntsville, AL, were awarded a technical assistance grant for two days of intense training on converting vacant lots into “green space”. While we cannot turn lots green, we can certainly improve their look, and Phoenix has many of them across our city. Our lead partners in the project, the City of Phoenix, Tigermountian Foundation and St. Luke’s Health Initiative, learned best practices from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. PCH has converted over 11,000 vacant lots in Philadelphia over the past 15 years. These conversions have helped revitalize neighborhoods and have proven to increase property values. Over the next few months we will be tweaking our plan and working with community groups to enhance it We look forward to sharing those plans with you.
KPB Executive Director Tom Waldeck also had the privilege of attending the annual Recycling Symposium hosted by Keep America Beautiful at The Ohio State University. The two-day program focused on the psychology of recycling and had some excellent speakers including one who Skype'd in from Denmark. Our final destination in Columbus was a tour of the Ohio State football stadium where their goal is to be a zero waste facility, and with 105,000 attendees at each football game it is an incredible goal. So for this season they are at 82% and rising with each game.
All of us on the staff of Keep Phoenix Beautiful hope you get a chance to relax over the Thanksgiving holiday, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our many volunteer opportunities over the coming months. Thank you for your continued support and your help in keeping Phoenix beautiful!
America Recycles Day • Phoenix, Arizona
Where: Phoenix City Hall - East Plaza
200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003
When: Nov. 15, 2011, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
America Recycles Daywill take place outside in the beautiful fall weather just outside the eastern entrance to Phoenix City Hall. City-based businesses and other non-profits will be invited to participate in a "mini Earth Day", celebrating the recycling and sustainability efforts of the community. Keep Phoenix Beautiful and City of Phoenix Public Works are coordinating this event. For more info, go to PhoenixRecycles.org
Fall events in full swing!
A couple of highlights from the last few weeks: the GAIN events that went on throughout the city. GAIN stands for Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods and we saw tons of neighbors socializing, celebrating and having a great time that day! Organized by the Phoenix Police Department, Neighborhood Services and community groups, a great job was done by all!
KPB also hit a community event in north Phoenix area that was awesome. ‘Community in Action’ not only promoted a clean and healthy environment, it offered locally grown produce by a great organization called Market On the Move.
Do you like what Keep Phoenix Beautiful is doing in your community? Want to support a grass-roots nonprofit organization? Only have a couple of pennies? Sign up for Birdies for Charity. With as little as one cent per birdie during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, you can donate to KPB.
Enthusiastic environmentalists! Recycling will be in full force at the AZ Urban Race (November 5th). Your help is appreciated in making this an environmentally friendly green event and keeping water bottles and soda cans out of the landfill Proceeds from this event benefit the Make A Wish foundation. This volunteer project is great for groups and families!
We have more exciting projects coming up! We’re lining up our Special Event Recycling Team for the Electric Light Parade, looking for some HHW helpers, recruiting volunteers for the I Recycle Phoenix Festival and assembling the team of recycling ambassadors for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Interested in these really cool events? Give us a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
GoGreen '11 Phoenix is a one-day sustainability conference for business in Phoenix on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. GoGreen is built to inspire, educate and motivate business owners and professionals to deepen the commitment to sustainable practices at their organizations. As an action-oriented, collaborative conference, GoGreen '11 Phoenix teaches best practices on how to "green" your business and provides actionable next steps on sustainability for attendees.
WHEN: NOV. 15, 2011 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Phoenix Convention Center WEBSITE
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Business owners, decision-makers and leaders REGISTER ONLINE or call 602.541.3472 Registration is now open for exhibit space and sponsorships at Keep Phoenix Beautiful's 4th Annual Earth Day Phoenix event. The event will be held again at our adopted city park, Cesar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix on the Friday prior to Earth Day, April 20, 2012 from 11:00am-1:30pm. Last year exhibit space ran out far before the event, so send in your applications now! For information, see our website www.earthdayphoenix.org or contact Tina directly at 480-707-3602 or email@example.com
Recycling Déjà Vu
Back by popular demand: I Recycle Phoenix, Part 2! Miss the first one? Or just want to come back again? Well, you have another chance to drop off those recycled items! This time KPB and crew will be at the northwest corner of 7th Avenue and Camelback (in the former Target store parking lot). Shredding will be in full force right before your eyes with documents, computer hard drives and yes…you can even bring your Christmas tree and it will be turned into mulch. Clothing, canned foods and cell phones will also be taken. This free event is set for Friday, December 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do some holiday cleaning and help the environment! It’s a great way to finish up the year!
Polar Bear sighting at Scottsdale Fashion Square! There’s been a polar bear sighting in Scottsdale and it’s all for a phenomenal cause! He’s not your ordinary polar bear, but one made of 4,500 recyclable white Coca-Cola bottle caps. It’s all about an exciting new campaign where Coca-Cola and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have teamed up to raise awareness about the bear’s Arctic plight. The polar bear has actually been a beloved Coca-Cola icon since 1922 and Coke will be generously committing up to 3 million dollars to this exceptional conservation effort. You can help the polar bears to, by texting a package code to 357357 to donate $1 to the WWF. Funds will be used to protect a designated habitat in the Arctic, (twice the size of Texas!) that will provide a home for their survival today and in the future. The beautiful polar bear is on display at Scottsdale Fashion Square through the end of November. For more info go to www.ArcticHome.com
Save the date!
It’s going to be a green Corporate Challenge next year - in more ways than one!! The Keep Phoenix Beautiful 2012 Corporate Challenge event will be held on St. Patrick’s Day - Saturday, March 17. Corporate groups are being recruited and project sites are being scoped out. Our reigning champion US Airways currently has the trophy, will they keep it or will it go to another fantastic corporate group? The 2012 event promises to be another great one!