Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces 2018 Keep America Beautiful Affiliate and State Partnership Award Winners from Oklahoma

Dallas, Texas - Keep America Beautiful (KAB) recognized more than 80 individuals or organizations at KAB’s national conference in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, January 17. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) was recognized as an Outstanding Affiliate at the Diamond Level.

Four KOB affiliates, OKC Beautiful and Ardmore Beautiful were recognized as Outstanding Affiliates, and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OKTPK) were recognized with State Agency Partner Awards. The awards recognize the value state affiliates bring to joint partnership projects and how vital these relationships are to KOB’s mission.

“Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is proud for our affiliates to receive this national recognition for their ongoing efforts in their Oklahoma communities,” Jeanette Nance, Executive Director, KOB said. “We are extremely thankful for our sponsoring state agencies that were recognized for their faithful efforts in partnership to help all of us across the state to do beautiful things.”

The relationships KOB has with ODOT and OKTPK allow programs such as the Great American Cleanup and Fresh Paint Days to benefit all 77 counties in Oklahoma year after year.

“It is an extreme honor for the partnership between our agency and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful to be recognized at the national level,” Mike Patterson, Executive Director, ODOT said. “Through the years, our work together has put the spotlight on anti-litter initiatives and brought communities and schools together for cleanup programs. We look forward to continuing this vital work with KOB in the years to come to preserve and enhance Oklahoma's natural beauty."

Registration and cash and equipment grant applications are open on the KOB website for those organizations wishing to participate in the Great American Cleanup in Oklahoma beginning in March through the end of May. For more information about KOB programs visit www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces 2018 Environmental Beautification Grant Recipients

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) together with Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced 2018 Environmental Beautification Grant recipients totaling up to $20,000 to seven KOB affiliates. 

"Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is thankful to our sponsoring agency DEQ for making these grants possible to our affiliate network,” Jeanette Nance, Executive Director, KOB said. “We appreciate the good works of our partnering communities and the ability to fund such worthwhile projects is key to keeping Oklahoma a beautiful, healthy, sustainable place to live and thrive."

KOB Environmental Beautification grants are awarded through an application process open to KOB affiliates who propose environmental beatification projects to be completed within six months. 

Up With Trees partnering with Habitat for Humanity will plant two trees for every Habitat for Humanity home built in Tulsa. 

“Through this partnership [with Habitat for Humanity], Up With Trees will plant two trees on the property with the help of the homeowner,” said Julie Etchison, Development Director, Up With Trees. “The homeowner will also receive education on how to properly care for their trees as well as a Tree Maintenance Kit containing a bucket for watering, gloves and tree care guidelines to ensure they have adequate tools to maintain their trees.”

Up With Trees received a second grant to plant and maintain 7 trees in downtown Tulsa. 

Keep Enid Beautiful will utilize their grant to stabilize shoreline prior to the installation of new ADA compliant sidewalks and a fishing pier at Meadowlark Park.

Earth Rebirth plans to retrofit a class C mobile camper into a mobile office, education and example of sustainability. 

“This mobile office will become the primary office space of Earth Rebirth in 2018 and 2019 as we reach schools, teachers and families all over Oklahoma,” Andrew Sartain, Founder and President, Earth Rebirth said. “Earth Rebirth is also in the process of filming and producing a feature-length documentary of which this mobile office will be the primary form of transportation throughout many of the experiences in 2018-2019.”

Pride in McAlester will use their grant funds to partner with McAlester Area Community Gardens to continue the development of the McAlester Community Garden, built in 2013. 

Okeene Historic Preservation Group will use their grants to turn a 2,500 square foot vacant lot into a community garden. 

“The effect and impact of this Community Garden Project will be recycling waste into compost, an opportunity for children to learn about recycling, where food comes from and the work it takes to produce it, and a source of fresh produce for the local food pantry,” MaryJac Rauh, Manager, Okeene Historic Preservation Group said. “The school cafeteria and the local grocery store have waste produce that can be recycled into rich compost material for the garden.”

KOB currently has grants available for any Oklahoma organization interested in participating in the Great American Cleanup thanks to the generous donation from Oklahoma Gas and Electric,  and P&K Equipment. For more information or to apply for these grants visit www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces 2018 Roadside Beautification Grant Recipients

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces 2018 Roadside Beautification Grant Recipients

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) together with Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced 2018 Roadside Beautification Grant recipients totaling over $18,000 to seven KOB affiliates. 

"Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is thankful to our sponsoring agency ODOT for making these grants possible to our affiliate network,” Jeanette Nance, Executive Director, KOB said. “We appreciate the good works of our partnering communities and the ability to fund such worthwhile projects is key to keeping Oklahoma a beautiful, healthy, sustainable place to live and thrive."

KOB Roadside Beautification grants are awarded through an application process open to KOB affiliates who propose roadside beatification project to be completed within six months. 

Keep Enid Beautiful was awarded a grant in order to support their “largest project to date” installing a public piece of art showing the historical significance of the northeast corner of Owen K Garriott Road and Grand Avenue. 

“The City is excited about the plans Keep Enid Beautiful has for the corner,” Jerald R. Gilbert, Enid City Manager said. “It is one of the most visible corners in Enid…The Corner also sits directly on the historic Chisholm Trail.”

Okeene Historic Preservation Group was awarded a grant to create an mural along State Highway 8 using native Oklahoma plants known to conserve water and will thrive during periods of drought.

Up With Trees out of Tulsa was awarded a grant to continue a 2015 project to plant one-hundred trees on 61st street between Riverside Drive and Peoria Avenue. 

“The addition of these trees will create a beautiful passageway with the 87 flowering trees in the spring,” said Julie Etchison, Development Director, Up With Trees. “…as well as provide much-needed shade with the 18 large shade trees in the late summer.” 

Twin Cities Revitalization Project was awarded a grant to renovate the exterior of the Hartshorne Public Library, which will include pressure washing of the building, sidewalks and parking lot as well as the purchase of two steel bike racks and landscaping. 

Pride in McAlester was awarded two grants one to plant 15 Crepe Myrtle shrubs  at “Defending our Freedom” monument, the second grant is to install two murals in McAlester.

“For the first part of the mural project, Pride in McAlester will hire local artist and Governor’s Art Award recipient Anita Caldwell-Jackson to memorialize Peter Hanraty along Oklahoma Business Highway 69, also known as Main Street, in historic Old Town McAlester, said Stephanie Giacomo, Executive Director, Pride in McAlester. “The second art installation will be located in the second of historic districts, Downtown McAlester, amongst several important government buildings, boutique shopping and restaurants.”

Phoenix Circle Foundation received a grant to replace a storefront on Watonga’s main business road, which will become a new arts center for the city. 

KOB Reflects on a Future Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Capitol was completed June 30, 1917. As part of the Oklahoma State Capitol Centennial, a collection of items from present-day have been collected for a centennial time capsule. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful had the opportunity to include a letter for the capsule, and hopes to convey to future generations the importance of a sustainable, beautiful Oklahoma.