Recruiting Green Fair Vendors–Businesses who are committed to being “Green”

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

The City of Akron, Summit County Government and Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) are collaborating to host a “Green Fair” in downtown Akron on May 3, 2013. We are inviting businesses to participate! The purpose of the Green Fair is to educate our workforce, business associates, and citizens and encourage the use of green products for daily use in the workplace.

The Green Fair will take place at Lock 3, 200 South Main Street, in downtown Akron, on Friday May 3rd, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held on the same day as Downtown Akron Partnership’s ‘Green and Clean,‘ which is part of Clean Up Akron Month and the Great American Cleanup.

The Green Fair can accommodate 20 vendors in outdoor or covered space. The event will be held rain or shine. The City of Akron will provide up to two tables for each vendor to display their environmentally friendly products or services.

Please fill out the registration form and return to Jerry Roberts, Purchasing Agent, 166 S. High Street–Room 501, AKron, OH 44308 by April 19, 2013.

Interested in attending the Green Fair? Check out the Green Fair Information sheet here!


Keep Akron Beautiful sold Dreamscape tickets at the 2012 Green Fair.


Let’s Recycle Akron!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

How do you recycle? What do you recycle? Are you using your recycling bins that The City of Akron has provided

How to Recycle: Mix together all recyclables  place in a clear plastic bag and place in your recycling cart. Please remember to flatten cardboard boxes, empty and rinse all containers, and place all recyclables in a clear plastic bag.

Let’s go over the acceptable items to recycle if you are a City of Akron resident:

1) Milk, juice, broth, soup and other food and beverage cartons

2) Plastics #1- #7

3) Paper & Cardboard: Do not tie and bundle.

4) Aluminum & other metal cans – labels are fine

5) Glass bottles & jars- labels are fine

Check out the new PDF on Recycling in Akron ~ make sure to share it with your neighbors and friends. Let’s avoid putting recyclables in the trash, Akron! Keep as much waste out of the landfills as possible.

Having an event and need to keep your guests litter, cans and plastic separate? Keep Akron Beautiful can loan you a recycling receptacle – learn more.

Dreamscape Raffle Kickoff!

By Helen Dauka, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern

By participating in the Dreamscape Raffle, you’re not only giving yourself a chance for beautification, you’re giving all of Akron an opportunity too.

For ten years, the Dreamscape Raffle has funded Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape Program. There were 36,000 flowers planted throughout the 39 Flowerscapes in 2012, helping to beautify Akron’s landscape!

This year’s lead landscape designer is Nick Roth, of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC. Nick’s Landscaping has been a long-term vendor partner. Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design, Inc. did a fantastic job last year as lead landscape designer, transforming the backyard of David Canfield, a Copley resident. Nick has some big shoes to fill but we’re excited to see what he can do!

Joining Nick’s Landscaping in this collaborative effort,  offering goods and services for the landscape makeover are Advanced Arboriculture, Belgard® Sales, Cascade Lighting, Inc.Circle K, Dayton NurseriesDonzell’s Greenhouse & Garden Center, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Main Street Gourmet, Naragon Irrigation, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s GreenhouseR.B. Stout, Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc., Gates Landscaping Co., Graf Growers Garden CenterKB Compost Services, Inc.Star Printing Co. Inc., Suncrest GardensTim’s Custom Electric,  Terrascape LTD., W.L. Tucker Supply Co., Vision Graphics & Printing, Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.

You can join our team and help us beautify Akron! Purchase your Dreamscape Raffle ticket today! In addition to online, tickets can be purchased at the KAB office located at 850 East Market Street, Akron, or the following locations: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, Inc. Graf Growers Garden Center , Hoffman’s Garden Center, Inc., Paul’s Greenhouse, Suncrest Gardens.

Remember, our grand prize winner from 2012 purchased his ticket online. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100.

Owners of Summit County businesses or residences can enter to win a professionally designed front or back yard makeover valued at $10,000.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, June 6, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., at Alexander Park on West Market Street (the location of one of our Flowerscapes). The winner will have until the end of June to meet with Nick Roth of Nick’s Landscaping, to create their plan for the landscape transformation the week of August 5-9, 2013. The grand prize winner may choose tomake over the front or back yard of their property

In addition to the grand prize ticket, there are three runner-up prizes. Runner-up prizes include 4 yards of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, LTD, a birdbath donated by Suncrest Gardens and a basket of gardening supplies courtesy of Graf Growers.

Registration Open for Clean Up Akron Month

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Are you ready to make your city a better place to live? For 32 years Keep Akron Beautiful has been working to recruit thousands of civic-minded volunteers to adopt a public parcel of land to clean during Clean Up Akron Week, now moving to Clean Up Akron Month. As a part of the national Great American Cleanup with Keep America Beautiful, this is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities.

Each year over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.  In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.

Keep Akron Beautiful is encouraging all area residents to get involved in the 2013 Great American Cleanup™, by participating in the 32nd annual Clean Up Akron Month during April 2013. This year, we are cleaning up for an entire month, with the culmination event taking place on SUPER SATURDAY, April 27, 2013 at the Akron Zoological Park. The first 1,000 registered volunteers are invited to a picnic and celebration on SUPER SATURDAY. We look forward to cleaning up with you, your civic groups and your families in April.


Check out all the tires Buchtel High School students found in 2012!

One of our cleanup groups from 2012 sweeps up glass on Super Saturday!