Posts tagged Keep America Beautiful

Great American Clean Up Starts Today

Today is the first day of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Clean Up. Organize a clean up through your local KAB affiliate.

Or go pick up trash on your own. Better yet, resolve not to litter from March 1 until May 31. If no one littered, we would not have to clean up.

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Volunteer on May 14

The Metro Beautification Environment Commission needs groups of volunteers for the Great American Clean Up event in downtown Nashville on May 14. Here are the facts:

NASHVILLE’S GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP EVENT
THE TENNESSEE BICENTENNIAL MALL
Thursday, May 14, 2009, 8 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – PLEASE JOIN US!

Be one of the 1,000 + volunteers coming to Nashville
from all 95 counties in the State of Tennessee

Participate in cleanup projects, beautification projects, litter pick up, waterway cleanups and more

The MBEC needs groups from all over Tennessee. Contact vickie.ingram@nashville.gov.

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Celebrate What's Right with the World

I was fortunate enough to attend a Keep Tennessee Beautiful seminar on Wednesday in Nashville. One of the presenters, Sue Smith of Keep America Beautiful, showed a beautiful film by National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones called Celebrate What’s Right with the World. While the presentation was to inspire those of us working in the anti-litter movement, I found it inspiring for my personal life now, too. Here are some of the principles of Celebrate What’s Right in the World:

  • Believe it and you’ll see it.
  • Recognize abundance.
  • Look for possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong.
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to the edge.
  • Be the best for the world.

My two favorites from above are ride the changes and be the best for the world. Under ride the changes, Jones’ comments to “learn to live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence.” That is my new mantra.

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Celebrate What’s Right with the World

I was fortunate enough to attend a Keep Tennessee Beautiful seminar on Wednesday in Nashville. One of the presenters, Sue Smith of Keep America Beautiful, showed a beautiful film by National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones called Celebrate What’s Right with the World. While the presentation was to inspire those of us working in the anti-litter movement, I found it inspiring for my personal life now, too. Here are some of the principles of Celebrate What’s Right in the World:

  • Believe it and you’ll see it.
  • Recognize abundance.
  • Look for possibilities.
  • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong.
  • Ride the changes.
  • Take yourself to the edge.
  • Be the best for the world.

My two favorites from above are ride the changes and be the best for the world. Under ride the changes, Jones’ comments to “learn to live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence.” That is my new mantra.

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Great American Clean Up

There will be an announcement today from Keep America Beautiful about the Great American Clean Up and Nashville at noon. More from me tonight.

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From the Tennessean Letters Page

Beautify America, and put people to work

To the Editor:

While cycling and enjoying last Sunday beautiful weather, my wife and I noticed much more trash than normal on the roadsides. We hear daily about the $900 billion bailout package working its way through Congress and how it could balloon to over $1 trillion.

Rather than throwing billions at already wealthy big business CEOs and a few of their closest friends, why don’t we take a fraction of that amount and hire working people to spruce up our country from coast to coast?

Think about how impressive our roads could be if we put 100,000 people to work cleaning them up. Employing 90,000 workers at $15 per hour, plus 10,000 supervisors at $20 per hour, for one year would cost $4.9 billion. Payroll taxes, workers comp, and health insurance are included.

Throwing in vehicles to carry them around (bought from GM and Ford), along with necessary back office personnel, brings the figure to about $5.3 billion, less than 1 percent of the proposed “stimulus.”

Put similar numbers to work on parks, inner cities and other public places, and we would truly have America the beautiful again. Our leaders will never pursue a simple answer that helps the common worker, but they need to be held accountable for the taxpayer dollars they are wasting.

Doug Vaughn, THOMPSON’S STATION 37179

Thanks for the idea, Doug. Beginning March 1, thousands of volunteers will be picking up trash around the United States during the Great American Clean Up sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. Join us.

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Great Fan Created Video for Keep America Beautiful

I love this fan-made spot for Keep America Beautiful:

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