Posts tagged Metro Beautification Environment Commission

Just Call Me the Butt Czar

I’m quoted in this story in The Tennessean about cigarette litter.

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Nashville Arbor Day Celebration

tree-green1I had the honor today of participating in my first Nashville Arbor Day Celebration as chair of the Metro Beautification Environment Commission. I thought that I was just an attendee, but I was seated on the stage with the mayor and other local community leaders. I felt like Kramer from Seinfeld as I was underdressed for the occasion and did not think I merited the honor .

Nashville is an official Tree City USA and there is lots of civic involvement to maintain our urban forests. We have an excellent group called the Metro Tree Advisory Committee watching over our trees.

Three local students read their winning essays on their favorite trees. I was most impressed that the children associated their favorite tree with their grandmother. As a child, one of my favorite trees was a weeping willow in our neighbor’s yard. I used to love to play under the tree and pretend that I lived under the branches. I also like tulip poplar trees and planted a tiny one in the yard last year.

My favorite tree is the redbud which is currently in bloom. I do not have a redbud in my yard, but there are many wild ones around my neighborhood.

Please honor, remember or plant a tree for someone this spring.

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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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Local Man Wins “Iron Eyes Cody” Award

This is old news to report, but with the job search, my blogging has been reduced to highlighting other posts. Russell Brecheen, who is chairman of the Metro Beautification Environment Commission, was honored recently by Keep America Beautiful in Washington DC. Russell was presented the Iron Eyes Cody Award which goes to the outstanding man in the Keep Ameria Beautiful movement each year. Although retired, Russell “works” full time for the commission. He is a real inspiration to the other members on the commission.

If all other Nashvillians did just a tenth of the work Russsell does to keep our city litter-free, Nashville would be the cleanest city in the world.

Thanks, Russell, for your hard work and inspiration.

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Local Man Wins "Iron Eyes Cody" Award

This is old news to report, but with the job search, my blogging has been reduced to highlighting other posts. Russell Brecheen, who is chairman of the Metro Beautification Environment Commission, was honored recently by Keep America Beautiful in Washington DC. Russell was presented the Iron Eyes Cody Award which goes to the outstanding man in the Keep Ameria Beautiful movement each year. Although retired, Russell “works” full time for the commission. He is a real inspiration to the other members on the commission.

If all other Nashvillians did just a tenth of the work Russsell does to keep our city litter-free, Nashville would be the cleanest city in the world.

Thanks, Russell, for your hard work and inspiration.

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Beautification with Daffodils

daffodilWe spent a half day today delivering daffodil bulbs to Metro Public Schools in the east Nashville area. Vickie Ingram of Public Works/Beautification Environmental Commission drove my husband and I around as we delivered bulbs to elementary and middle schools.

While much of this blog discusses the litter problem, we need to beautify our planet as much as possible. I remember as a first grader, we planted a tulip poplar, the Tennessee state tree, and irises, the Tennessee state flower, in the school yard. The experience is as memorable as if it were yesterday.

It’s important that we teach the role of native flora to our children.

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Nashville Tree Foundation

This website has always highlighted groups who are dedicated to help our environment. Today, I am spotlighting the Nashville Tree Foundation.

I was made aware of this group through my involvement in the Metro Nashville Beautification Environment Commission.

The Nashville Tree Foundation aims to maintain and to build upon the urban forest.

To volunteer with the Nashville Tree Foundation, contact Libby Cheek at 292-5175 or go to their website at nashvilletreefoundation.org.

On November 22, this foundation will sponsor ReLeafing Day. Please volunteer to help plant trees that can co-exist with powerlines.

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