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Keep Akron Beautiful Honored at National Conference


Keep Akron Beautiful was recognized with two awards at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Washington DC. The awards ceremony was held the evening of January 27, and Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, Executive Director and CEO represented the agency to accept these two awards:



The award shown above (at left) is the Storytelling Award, which was bestowed on Keep Akron Beautiful because of the coverage of our programs through our extended social media platforms, which includes Facebook, Twitter and NOW Pinterest as well as our blog updates. The award shown above (at right) is the second place affiliate award.

"This is a huge accomplishment for Keep Akron Beautiful, to be recognized among the 600+ affiliates of Keep America Beautiful, nationwide," said Ricchiuti, who was proud to tell the entire staff and Board of the latest agency honors.



Positive Light on the Greenprint for Akron CSO Runoff Issue: Students Become Experts and WIN Money


Students were out of bed early on Saturday morning, January 24, 2015, to share their knowledge at the 59th annual APS Science, Math and Technology Expo held at North High School.

Keep Akron Beautiful - Greenprint for Akron is a sponsor judge for this competition, giving away three monetary prizes for projects that discuss environmental action areas and sustainability goals covered in the Greenprint for Akron plan.


The Greenprint Sponsor Winners


This year the judges agreed on three winners who all just so happened to have done projects within the area of combined sewer overflow (CSO), although their scientific approaches and specific topics varied as you can see. These winners were:

  • First Place, winning a $250 award - Abby Strobel, 7th grade, Coach Justiss, National Inventors Hall of Fame (S.T.E.M. Learning). Project - Rain, Rain, Go Away; Neighborhood Solutions for CSO Runoff. Strobel designed a permeable concrete drain and gave solutions for eliminating overflow in her neighborhood.
  • Second Place, winning a $100 award, - Deanna Green, 10th grade, Coach Grindall, Buchtel High School CLC. Project - Rerouting Water: A CSO Dilemma. The judges were impressed with Green’s pictures, which showed actual runoff, as well as her scientific experimentation and acquired knowledge.
  • Third Place, winning a $50 award - Cyanne Dabney, 10th grade, Coach Grindall, Buchtel High School CLC. Project: How Fast Can a Radish Seed Grow in Polluted Soil: A CSO Dilemma. Dabney used the runoff soil to start radish seeds in her project and explained to judges that she would like to take the project a step further to see the radishes grow to harvest and document growth pattern.

These students were proud to share their newfound knowledge with judges and other visitors of the Science, Math and Tech Expo. Soaking up their knowledge through city manuscripts, from City of Akron personnel, using online resources, and/or more, these students appeared as experts on their subjects, which was also true with many of the over 500 students who shared their 400+ projects. With so much good work being shown off in one room, it doesn't make a judge's job any easier.

Meanwhile, for all of the challenges that face the world - including our community's CSO challenges - it was extremely encouraging to see the smart young generation of our proud Akron becoming passionate about important environmental topics and investigating solutions for their community and future generations.

Thank you to the students, teachers, parents and guardians involved. You all should be proud.

Visit us on Facebook and browse our Science Math and Tech Expo #SMTExpo photo album on this event!

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