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Mission & History

Our mission is simple. We empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state's natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.

***Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ancestry, marital status, being a party to a civil union, handicap or disabilities or perception of disabilities, political activity, or other protected class status. Discrimination in violation of this policy is prohibited.***

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1965 and is a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, which is a nonprofit organization with a national network of nearly 1,000 participating organizations working together to improve communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification. KOB has undergone a number of incarnations throughout the years, changing with the times, while always working to achieve its mission.

Today, KOB operates on a modest budget funded by contributions, grants, and performance contracts with corporate partners and state agencies. KOB's voluntary board of directors guides a program that targets grassroots efforts of Oklahomans involved with the community and environmental improvement.

The culmination of each year’s work is the annual, statewide awards competition ... leading to the annual Environmental Excellence Celebration. Well attended and greatly anticipated, the November event recognizes the best of the environmental best in Oklahoma.

As a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, KOB organizes the annual Great American Cleanup in Oklahoma and provides materials and tools for communities and volunteers. KOB facilitates several other state-wide programs, including Litter Education, Paint Oklahoma Beautiful, and Lend-A-Bin. Click here to read more about our programs.