Happy first Saturday of fall green friends! I want to take this Saturday to discuss a more unsavory topic of waste disposal that affects our environment, but is often not discussed. Have you ever taken the time to think about your toilet?
Every litter bit hurts, and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s Litter Education is a program helping to spread that message. By providing opportunities through creative projects, its three programs (UnCapped, UpCycled, and End Litter) are developed to teach students about the harmful effects of littering and the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Uncapped reaches fourth and fifth graders, who are instructed to collect old bottle caps and create a mural out of them. The students also work on a class-collaborative essay discussing the effects of litter. The winning class will be awarded a pizza party, which the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Executive Directors will attend along with a special Oklahoma City Thunder guest. Registration opens on August 20thand closes September 20th, and projects are due October 5.
UpCycled is a program designed for seventh and eighth graders. In this program, students work on UpCycle projects, turning trash into treasure. These students report their findings in a class-collaborative essay as well. The winning class will be awarded a pizza party, which the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Executive Directors will attend along with a special Oklahoma City Thunder guest. Registration opens on August 20thand closes September 20th, and projects are due October 5.
With End Litter, high school and college students write, create, and produce videos highlighting the dangerous effects of littering on the environment. High school and college students are judged separately. Videos must be original work, between 25 and 45 seconds in length. Winning videos will be posted on KOB’s website, YouTube, and social media. The first place winners for college and high school will receive a cash prize of $750. Registration opens on August 20thand closes November 15 and videos must be submitted by December 31.
Litter Education is cost-free for school systems, low-hassle for teachers, beneficial for students, and important for Oklahoma. Its three projects encourage students to research human activity and the environment and tap into their creative side to share their findings. The best way to safeguard the future of Oklahoma is to invest in the futures of young Oklahomans and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is proud to uphold this mission.
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! Last week the staff of KOB and a few of our board members coordinated a cleanup at Arcadia Lake. Our desire to have a cleanup was sparked by a news article discussing the terrible conditions of the shoreline, and the difficulties the Lake Arcadia personnel have with tackling the amount of litter that can be seen floating in the water after a heavy rainfall.
Welcome back to another beautiful Saturday with yours truly! By now all of you are well aware of the totally disjointed, and all over the place-ness that is my blog. I am constantly hit with new ideas for topics, and I hate to admit that I have little regard for maintaining any form of topic structure. For those of you that have been loyal readers thank you for bearing with me, and my rambling ways for as long as you have.
Welcome back to another very green Saturday with Shavara! I am happy to have kept your attention for what is now the 5thSaturday with me. If you’ve been following along thus far you know that my goal is to not only inform, but to entertain you with methods of reducing our environmental impact. The topics that call to me have no order or method behind why they are chosen; rather, I’m often inspired by what I have learned from my own sustainable journey.
OKLAHOMA CITY (June 1, 2018) – Fresh Paint Days (FPD) is an annual, free, revitalization program available to anyone living in any of Oklahoma’s communities. FPD is a program through Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) that provides community groups with free paint and a stipend to improve buildings in their area. Applications open June 1 and close July 31. Paint is delivered in late August throughout the state and projects are completed through the month of September.
Welcome back to another Saturday with Shavara green friends of Oklahoma. My goal, as always, is to blow your mind with information on ways we are impacting our environment and how that impact can be reduced. Last time we learned about ways to prevent plastic bags from entering into landfills where the life expectancy of the bag stretched to close to 1000 years. It only felt right that our next topic would be diving deep into the dirty, dark and pretty scary world of Landfills.