Clean & Green Communities: Improved Quality of Life and Enhanced Economy Vitality
The presence of litter in a community takes a toll on quality of life, property values and housing prices. Keep America Beautiful's 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study found that litter in a community decreases property values by 7 percent. Vacant lots and abandoned properties are a growing burden in many American neighborhoods and downtowns that can drag down entire communities. They create the impression of a community in decline and contribute to crime, disorder and decreased commerce. Your community can and should take responsibility to enhance its beauty and diminish eyesores.
Often, people do not realize the impact of their actions — or inactions — when it comes to issues such as litter prevention and community improvement, but it takes just one person, one school, one business, one organization to positively impact the behavior of others in their community. Organizing a movement for change may seem overwhelming, but Keep Arkansas Beautiful has tools and resources available to help you organize successful improvement projects in an effort to showcase your community. Now is the time to get started!
Arkansas Shine Awards
The Arkansas Shine Awards honors communities across the state that have adopted a comprehensive approach to keeping their hometowns clean and green. The awards offer an opportunity for communities to be a part of KAB's public awareness campaign, Shine – Keep Arkansas Clean & Green. The campaign seeks to educate Arkansans about the individual actions – such as not littering, reporting litter or recycling household items – that make a larger impact on the state's environmental quality of life.
Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in Arkansas
Keep Arkansas Beautiful is a state certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the nation's largest community-improvement organization. Your community may be eligible to join the other Arkansas communities that are currently certified local affiliates of Keep America Beautiful. Across the country, nearly 600 cities, towns, counties and states are implementing a community-improvement model as certified affiliates.
Greener businesses are not just a trend in today's world; they are vital to the existence of businesses and the economy. Making your business greener – both inside and out – is more than a good idea, it's a practical and powerful way to help create a more just and environmentally sustainable economy. Whether large or small, your business has a role to play in enhancing the community's environmental quality of life. From recycling the tons of paper your office generates annually to maintaining clean and tidy storefronts, changing behavior about litter and recycling can impact both the business' bottom line and the community's economy.
Clean & Green Symposium
The Clean & Green Symposium for Affiliates features regional and national experts offering insights and real-world solutions to challenges that threaten a community's environmental quality and impact economic viability. Leaders from Keep America Beautiful certified local affiliates in Arkansas gather to network, exchange ideas and share best practices for improving their hometowns.
Arkansas Wildflower Program
The Arkansas Wildflower Program, which was initiated by Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, has graced our state with more than 1,000 species of wildflowers to help beautify 200,000+ acres of roadsides in Arkansas. Wildflowers help reduce maintenance costs, enhance wildlife habitats and preserve native plant populations, and they can be a stunning addition to your community's beautification efforts.