Board of Directors
Thomas J. Clark
Karen W. Ingraham
James D. Kraus
Douglas H. Mathey
John P. Miller
Donald L. Mittiga, Chair
Capt. Dan Zampelli
Sue Kruder-Emeritus Member
President and CEO
Polly Kaczmarek Flowerscape Director
Litter Control Coordinator
May Gardening Tips:
- Plant annuals in the garden in mid-May; be prepared to cover them on cold nights, especially if you plant earlier.
- Plant tomatoes and peppers in the garden toward the end of the month.
- Try self-watering containers, available in many mail order catalogs and at local garden centers. These will give you a bit of a cushion when you aren't home to water everyday. Remember, in most cases, the bigger the better.
- Plan to incorporate more sustainable practices into your garden this year. A good step is to grow "the right plant in the right place."
Thank You, Buck, and Acme Fresh Markets!
Buck, the Acme Fresh Market mascot, was able to attend our picnic at the Akron Zoological Park on Saturday April 28th, to mingle with all of the volunteers who participated in Clean Up Akron Week!
We sincerely appreciate Acme Fresh Markets, their generous donations and sponsorship and their attendance at the Akron Zoological Park on Saturday April 28th!
Why Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?
- 5 to 7 pounds of waste is generated per day per American (over $175,000 pounds in a lifetime)
- 1,000 years is the time it takes for a plastic bag to begin to decompose
- 88% less energy is required to make plastic products made from recycled plastic rather than from oil
- 100 acres per minute is the rate at which the rainforest is being cut down. At least 50 million acres of rainforest are lost every year, totaling an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined.
- 75,000 is the number of trees saved by recycling the New York Times Sunday Edition
- Less than 1% of the world's freshwater is readily available for human use
- 2 million gallons of fresh water are contaiminated by one quart of improperly disposed motor oil
- 2.5 gallons water wasted each minute you keep the facuet running
Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority is Collecting Scrap Tires
The Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA) is accepting scrap tires on Saturday June 2, 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, located at 1201 Graham Road.
No hazardous waste will be accepted at the tire recycling event.
According to SASWMA officials, the tires will be recycled into the tire-derived fuel or artificial turf for athletic fields. SASWMA is charged with a state-mandated goal to keep tires out of landfills.
The recycling event is open to only Summit County residents. The cost is a cash-only fee of $1 per tire, with a limit of 10 tires per vehicle. Passenger, light truck, motorcycle and smaller trailer tires, on or off the rim, will be accepted. Tires from businesses will not be accepted.
Deciphering GREEN LABELS
"Natural" food claims don't mean much compared to these official seals. Read more to see what each seal really means.
USDA Certified Organic- Products are certified by the National Organic Program to be at least 95 percent organic, which means no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, genetic engineering, irradiation or antibiotics.
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certificated Sustainable Seafood- The seafood comes from the fisheries that are sustainably manage and don't contribute to over fishing. MSC also certifies the phrase "wild-caught" on packaging, so spotting the seal is one of the best ways to guarantee it really is. Whole Foods and Walmart carry many different products with this seal.
Food Alliance Certified (FAC)- Requirements can be even tougher than USDA Organic: strict standards for safe and fair working conditions; human animal treatment; pesticide reduction; and soil, water and wildlife habitat conservation. Growth hormones, certain antibiotics, GMOs and artificial additives are also prohibited.
Summit County Farmers Markets:
- The Market at Lock 3, Lock 3 Park (200 South Main Street) takes place on Friday's from July 13-September 28, 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Check out the Downtown Akron Partnership website for more information.
- The Countryside Conservancy- Howe Market is open from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturdays from May 12-October 27.
- The Countryside Conservancy- Highland Square Market is open from 4 PM to 7 PM on Thursdays from May 31 to October 4.
Information on both of the Countryside Conservancy Markets can be found on the Countryside Conservancy website.
Getting Ready to Purchase your Flowers?
Check out some of our Vendor Partners!
We sincerely appreciate all that they do for Keep Akron Beautiful.
- Donzell's Greenhouse and Garden Center- Located at 937 East Waterloo Road, Akron, OH 44306; 330.724.0505
- Dayton Nurseries- Located at 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton, OH 44203; 330.825.3320
- Graf Growers- Located at 1015 White Pond Drive, Akron, OH 44320; 330.836.2727
-Hoffman's- Located at 1021 E. Caston Road, Uniontown, OH 44685; 330.896.9811
- Paul's Greenhouse- Located at 1993 Wright Road, Akron, OH 44320; 330.864.3417
- Suncrest Gardens- Located at 5157 Akron-Cleveland Road, Peninsula, OH 44264; 330.650.4969
Greetings from Keep Akron Beautiful,
Please enjoy the Keep Akron Beautiful Newsletter and see what we have been up to in April and what is to come in May! Want more information on KAB's upcoming programs and events? Then, visit us online.
Clean Up Akron Week 2012 was a HUGE Success!
Thank You Volunteers
More Than 2,451 Akron Residents and 2,831 Students Participated in Clean Up Akron Week/The Great American Cleanup™ 2012
Goodyear Tire and Rubber employees clean near the lake shore at Summit Lake on Saturday April 21st, 2012.
Our 31st annual Clean Up Akron Week was very successful, this year! Keep Akron Beautiful registered 5,282 volunteers who cleaned 105 public sites in the City of Akron and 28 schools campuses! Volunteer groups from The University of Akron Football Team and The University of Akron Women's Soccer Team, to the Junior League of Akron, to the Cascade Locks Park Association, to the Ohio and Erie Canal Coalition, to corporate volunteers from Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Giant Eagle #4124--Waterloo Road, and Robert W. Baird and Co., along with 10 different Girl and Boy Scout troops all pitched in to make Akron a greener and cleaner place to live and work.
Throughout the week, items such as tires, traffic cones, trash cans, a pick ax, a toilet, bed frames, mattresses, couches and construction equipment were collected along with 1.8 tons of garbage in GLAD bags on the morning of April 28th. Keep Akron Beautiful is still tabulating the tonnage figures from the rest of the week.
Registered volunteers received free admission to the Akron Zoological Park on Saturday, April 28th, for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.Cool Rider from the Metro RTA, Buck from Acme, and the Hoban High School Steel Drum Band entertained the crowd, while Frank LaRose Jr.,State Senator of the 27th district, Akron City Council Members: Donnie Kammer and Russ Neal and Summit County Council At-Large Members: Ilene Shapiro and William Roemer offered warm words of encouragement and congratulations to the assembled volunteers! Service Director, Rick Merolla, represented Mayor Don Plusquellic at the podium and presented a proclamation.
The picnic was a result of the generosity of the following local sponsorship: Acme Fresh Markets, Akron Zoological Park, City of Akron, Coca-Cola Bottlers, Digital Color International, Giant Eagle #4124-Waterloo Road, GOJO Industries, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Hoban High School, House of LaRose, Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors, Little Debbie Snacks, Metro RTA, Sandra Smith, Schwebel's Bakery, Shearer's, Sully's Party Rental, Pepsi-Cola, The University of Akron, Waste Management of Ohio, and The Volunteer Center of Summit County.
Clean Up Akron Week is Keep Akron Beautiful's biggest public awareness event; we look forward to this spring initiative every year as it fulfills our mission to improve Akron's quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management! Congratulations to each and every volunteer who helped to make Akron nearly litter-free! We look forward to working with all of our volunteers for our 32nd annual Clean Up Akron Week next year!
Buchtel High School Students pose during their cleanup on Saturday April 21st, 2012, after collecting 40 tires! Thank you Buchtel students!
Don't Forget About Dreamscape Tickets!
Last Chance to Win a $10,000 Front or Backyard Makeover
There is still time to purchase the winning Dreamscape ticket! Tickets will be on sale until June 3rd, 2012 and are $25 each or 5 for $100. Dreamscape ticketscan be purchased online from Keep Akron Beautiful, at the agency office located at 850 East Market Street, Akron, or at one of our 6 Vendor Partner retail locations:
Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzell's Flower and Garden Center, Graf Growers Garden Center, Hoffman's Garden Center, Paul's Greenhouse and Suncrest Gardens.
Tickets may be purchased using cash or check through any of the above locations; tickets may also be purchased with credit cards as well, but must be done so through our website.
The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Alexander Park on West Market Street. The winner will have until the end of June to meet with designer Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscaping and Design, to create a design for the landscape transformation blitz the first week of August. Ticket holders also have a chance to win the following runner-up prizes donated by Dreamscape's generous Vendor Partners:
1st Runner-up: A choice of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, Ltd.
2nd Runner-up: Will receive a $100 value gift basket of gardening supplies, courtesy of Graf Growers
3rd Runner-up: Will receive a bird bath courtesy of Suncrest Gardens.
All proceeds from the sales of the 1,500 tickets will be used to fund the Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape program which plants and maintains 40 Flowerscape sites annually. For additional information on the Dreamscape Raffle 2011 and a copy of the complete raffle Rules and Regulations, please visit Keep Akron Beautiful online or contact us at 330-375-2116.
2011 Winner of a Front Yard Makeover .
Miller South School is the First Place Winner of the Arbor Day Slogan Contest!
"Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall. Tree's Grow Tall Through It All."
Students, Principal and teacher from Miller South Middle School posed with Mayor Don Plusquellic and Keep Akron Beautiful President and CEO, Paula Davis.
Why is it important for Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB), in partnership with the City of Akron, to empower fourth grade students to plant their own seedlings on Arbor Day? Teacher Amy Heffernan and her fourth graders at Miller South Middle School wrote their winning ten word slogan by imaging all the changes a tree goes through to grow tall. A panel of five judges chose that slogan as the best one submitted out of 28 in 2012. Vizmeg Landscape Company donated a tree to be planted at the school located at 1055 East Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44307, which took place on Friday April 27th. Mayor Don Plusquellic presented a Proclamation and award certificate to Principal Dawn Wilson, at the school tree planting ceremony on the Miller South School campus.
Pam Ray, Education Specialist for Keep Akron Beautiful, delivered 67 classroom presentations about the origin and importance of this national holiday to fourth grade classes in public, private and charter schools in Akron. The second place winning slogan, "Trees grows through stages, as it ages", was composed by a class at Bridges Learning Center, under the leadership of teacher Michael Morris. Suncrest Gardens installed a donated tree on their campus located at 33 Dorcas Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44305, under the watchful eye of Principal Rachel Tecca.
"Seeds are planted, seedlings grow, and beautiful trees will show" was the third place winner, written by the fourth grade class of Andrea Lessem at Sam Salem Community Learning Center, 1222 W. Waterloo Road, Akron, Ohio 44314. Principal Darcy Forshee-Candidois worked with R.B. Stout, Inc. to select the appropriate tree to plant on their school grounds for the tree planting. Kevin Lockett, KAB Board of Directors was a judge this year, along with Holly Wilt and Emily Petrarca, Community Volunteers, Kurt Mulhauser, City Planning Department and Firestone Park Elementary School Principal, Joan Thompson.
Keep Akron Beautiful thanks the Engineering Department of the City of Akron for the assistance in selecting 2,500 Dog Wood and Red Bud seedlings to give to each public, charter and private school fourth grade student in the city to commemorate Arbor Day. Bill Hahn, the City Arborist, assists with the packing of the seedlings that are delivered to the schools by the KAB volunteers on April 26, 2012.
The City of Akron was awarded its 17th Tree City Award by the Arbor Day Foundation. Ohio has more certified Tree Cities than any other state! We hope the fourth grade students learn to respect living things as they nurture their tree and watch it grow through the years in their own backyard!
Green Fair and Green and Clean Day to take place this Friday!
Friday May 4th from 11 am-2 pm at Lock 3, in conjunction with cleanup events around the downtown area.
The City of Akron, Summit County government and Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) have collaborated to host a "Green Fair" in Downtown Akron on Friday May 4th, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the heart of Downtown Akron at Lock 3 Park.
Green Fair is an event that was developed from the Greenprint for Akron mission to pursue environmentally sound practices and reduce the greenhouse emissions within our community. Local vendors will be at the Green Fair displaying and demonstrating a variety of green, safe products available on the market. This is an interactive and educational fair, and you will be able to:
* See and test new green product lines
* Learn which products to avoid
* Learn which local vendors are selling safer, greener products
* Learn what products are available locally that are recycled or recyclable
* Receive samples of green products
* Purchase green products and services for your company
The event will be held rain or shine. This is a great opportunity to for your company to network with local vendors of green products and services. Your participation can directly help our City's Greenprint. So, make sure to stop down this Friday, May 4th, to check out how to make your household or business a little bit "greener".
Also on Friday May 4th, the Green & Clean Day sponsored by Downtown Akron Partnership will be taking place. Green and Clean is one of DAP's many initiatives devoted to promoting and building a vibrant and valuable Downtown. Green & Clean Day is a part of Keep Akron Beautiful's Clean Up Akron Week/Great American Cleanup™.
Volunteers will be assigned task such as painting, landscaping and cleaning, that provide a connection to the daily work of the DAP cleaning and safety ambassadors and a sense of ownership in the Downtown neighborhood. Volunteers may choose to work the morning shift from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., the afternoon shift from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., or both. Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag, with lunch being served between noon and 1 p.m. Lunch time festivities will include entertainment and door prizes.
In 2011, DAP's event was a great success with more than 300 volunteers participating. Most volunteers were Downtown employees, business owners, residents and students. They swept 40 blocks of sidewalk, cleaned 18 parking lots, filled more than 110 trash bags, and much more.
Hope to see you on Friday May 4th!
Summit of Sustainability Awards
Summit of Sustainability Awards program announced in April 2012.
The next step for implementing the Greenprint for Akron sustainability and climate change plan is to engage the community-at-large in creating and implementing sustainability plans of their own. That was the rationale behind the Community Outreach Committee getting the ball rolling on a county-wide awards program that would showcase the best examples of commercial energy efficiency, waste reduction and involvement of employees, in companies with over 250 employees, companies with less than 250 employees and nonprofits. Summit County Executive Russ Pry and Akron's Mayor Don Pluquellic announced the first year of what will be an annual Summit of Sustainability awards program, culminating in an awards luncheon on Thursday, October 25th at The University of Akron's Student Union Ballroom, showcasing the three winners.
Thousands of mayors and county leaders nationwide understand the plain truth about sustainability. To be sustainable is to balance economic, environmental and social concerns, and to think about how actions today will affect future generations. In reality, it is about helping our community save energy and money, create more transportation choices, preserve clean air and bring economic prosperity in the process. To apply for the awards your company must be located within Summit County.
Go to the Summit of Sustainability website to download the application or to find more resources that will help your company/organization dive deeper into sustainable best practices. Entries are due September 10, 2012.
The Founding members, City of Akron, Summit County, Keep Akron Beautiful, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority need to thank the generous sponsors who have stepped forward to launch this awards program that will provide local sustainable best practices and mentors for businesses as we work together to be more responsible stewards of your shared environment:
Sustainable Champions - Metro RTA and Sterling, Inc.
Conservation Leaders - Dominion Foundation, FirstEnergy Foundation, The University of Akron, River Valley paper Company, Smart Business magazine, Hasenstab Architects, and Greenstar Recycling
Resource Guardians - Affinity Consultants
Media Sponsors - The Summit, 91.3FM, Smart Business and Lockett Media
Go Green Stamps from the United States Postal Service
Available now for you to purchase.
Big environment. Big issues. Little you. If you feel as there's not much one person can do to make a positive impact on the environment, just take a look at these "Go Green" stamps. They illustrate simple things we can do every day. With only a few small changes to the way we live.
Out of milk? Walk or bike to the store. Repair that drippy faucet--the noise was driving you crazy, anyway. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Put on a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat. Sun dry your sheets--they'll smell wonderful!
Is it enough to make a difference? Absolutely. Recycling just one aluminum can reduces waste--and saves enough energy to run a computer for three hours. Multiply that by 10--or 200--cans. Simple insulation like caulking or weatherstripping pays for itself with reduced utility bills within one year. Properly inflating your car tires can improve gas mileage by was much as three percent. You're not just saving the environment, you're saving--period. Suddenly small steps seem pretty big.
The USPS is doing its part by providing eco-friendly mailing materials and stamps and by meeting all other standards for Cradle to Cradle Certification--a set of rigorous scientific criteria for evaluating how well a business conserves natural resources.
You can purchase the USPS "Go Green" Stamps, here.
A sample of the "Go Green" stamps from the United States Postal Service.
For 31 years Keep Akron Beautiful has been developing and implementing public education and community improvement programs on litter prevention, recycling, waste management and beautification to encourage citizens to take pride in Akron.
Keep Akron Beautiful
Keep Akron Beautiful is improving Akron's quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management.