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2019 has already been very busy for the KMB office and I know all of you are in a fast pace planning your Great American Cleanup events. Spring will be here before we know it. Keep America Beautiful is working on getting our Glad Bags for you and we will let all of you know as soon as this is finalized.

I want to shout to the roof top, I am so excited: Friends ! Keep Mississippi Beautiful again is one of the top affiliates with national award winning affiliates and we are also in the top affiliate network that has the most President's Circle Affiliates as well. Keep Mississippi Beautiful Affiliates are ROCKING !!! (We will announce the winners in the February newsletter after they are announced in Baltimore at the KAB National Conference.) 

Congratulations to City of Byram and to the Town of Mount Olive for completing the first part of their Community Training and joining our family of Keep Mississippi Beautiful Affiliate network.

Take care and hope everyone stays warm on these chilly days.

Keep Mississippi Beautiful
Now Accepting Award Nominations
We are now accepting nominations for our 2019 awards, which recognize litter prevention, recycling and beautification accomplishments in 2018.

Nominations are due March 15, 20 1 9. Awards will be presented at Keep Mississippi Beautiful Awards Ceremony on  April 25, 2019  in Jackson.

Nomination forms can be found HERE.

Pictured here is last year's Louise Godwin Award recipient, Gay Austin, KMB Board Member and incoming National Garden Club President.
KMB Legislative Day
Please mark your calendar for Keep Mississippi Beautiful's Annual Legislative Day on February 27, 2019.

We ask KMB Affiliates to join us and invite their legislators to meet us in the Capitol Rotunda from 1-3 PM for an ice cream social to learn about KMB!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pictured here is KMB Advisory Member, Senator Lydia Chassaniol at last year's Legislative Day.
Keep Canton Beautiful's PepsiCo Recycle Rally

Keep Canton Beautiful Affiliate Director, Joy Dodson, has partnered with Canton High School to join PepsiCo's Recycle Rally and compete with schools across the nation to see which school can collect the most recyclables. The winning school gets $10,000.

Canton High School students have collected over 7,000 pounds since they began the competition in September. The competition ends April 26, but the students have formed a Recycling Club from Keep Canton Beautiful's efforts and the club plans to continue recycling next school year.

If you are interested in joining PepsiCo's Recycle Rally in your town, check out their website at pepsicorecycling.com
Help Us, Help You
Keep Mississippi Beautiful is now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program!

If you have a Kroger Plus Card, please help us earn rewards by registering online. If you do not, Plus cards are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

  • Sign into your kroger.com account
  • Scroll to the very bottom and click "Kroger Community Rewards" under the Community tab
  • Enroll to help Keep Mississippi Beautiful- GJ773

It does not cost any extra to enroll to support us. Kroger will donate a percentage of your grocery bill to help us clean and green Mississippi!

Please share this information with your board members, volunteers, friends and family!
Keep America Beautiful will host its 2019 National Conference at the  Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, from Feb. 6-8, 2019.

Keep America Beautiful's National Conference is the premier annual educational, training and networking forum presented for the benefit of our National Affiliate Network, partners and sponsor organizations. The Conference empowers affiliates to strengthen and grow more successful programs at the state and local level and offers a unique opportunity for participants to expand their knowledge base, share their challenges and successes as well as network with their peers from across the country.

New Keep Mississippi Beautiful Board Officers
The Keep Mississippi Beautiful Board of Directors have voted new officers for the 2019-2021 term:

Chairman- Cindy Duvall, Mississippi Power
Vice Chairman- Joel Yelverton, Yelverton Consulting
Secretary- Shari Veazey, Mississippi Municipal League
Treasurer- Richard James, Meridian Coca Cola

KMB staff looks forward to working with our new officers which will transition in April 2019.

Keep America Beautiful's Hefty EnergyBag Grants
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019
The Dow Chemical Company  is again teaming up with Keep America Beautiful to award up to $100,000 in grants for organizations to establish  Hefty ®  EnergyBag ®  programs in their communities. The Hefty ® EnergyBag ®  program, led by Dow and Reynolds Consumer Products, offers an innovative approach to diverting hard-to-recycle plastics.

The  grant application  is open to municipalities, nonprofits, materials recovery facilities and other qualifying organizations through Jan. 31, 2019. Dow will equip grant recipients with a framework for developing a successful program in their communities, and will facilitate planning, implementation and measurement. Recipients will manage their local programs and solicit involvement from key community stakeholders. Dow and Keep America Beautiful will host two one-hour webinars on  Nov. 7  and  Dec. 12  to review the application process and describe how they will evaluate grant applications.

Stand for the Land Cigarette Receptacles
Rolling Deadline
Keep America Beautiful affiliates and partner organizations have an opportunity to participate in a Philip Morris USA initiative to place 10,000 litter stands to collect cigarette butts in communities nationwide and educate adult smokers 21+ on the importance of disposing of their cigarette butts properly. 

Adult smokers are being given the opportunity to enter locations (city and zip code) on a map to indicate where they would like to see a litter stand installed. As stands are placed, an interactive map populates featuring local stories and showing locations that have been selected.

Keep America Beautiful and Philip Morris USA request your help in finding locations to place litter stands to provide opportunities for adult smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts properly. Keep America Beautiful Affiliates are able to request free litter stands (with no shipping cost to you) by emailing litterstands@kab.org .

  • Install the litter stand(s) in an accessible place (e.g., outside entrance to retail location, or transition point where adult smokers commonly dispose of cigarette butts). Hardware is included to mount each receptacle.
  • Maintain litter stand(s) (e.g., regularly empty cigarette butts into garbage).
  • Share the GPS coordinates of each litter stand's location with KAB to include on the interactive map. GPS coordinates can be identified in several ways:
  • Enter the litter stand location/address into https://www.latlong.net/ and record coordinates.
  • Using Google Maps, right-click the place on the map. Select "What's Here?". At the bottom of the map, a card with coordinates will appear.

Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund 
Rolling Deadline 
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund benefits Keep America Beautiful Affiliates that serve communities directly affected by natural and environmental disasters. The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. 

Future Dates:
Feb. 6-8 Keep America Beautiful Conference- Baltimore, MD
Feb. 27 KMB Legislative Day
Apr. 25 KMB Annual Awards, Country Club of Jackson