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.


Keep America Beautiful National Conference Reflections

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

As we return from the 60th Anniversary Conference and Celebration of Keep America Beautiful, I can’t help but reflect upon Keep America Beautiful’s President and CEO Matt McKenna’s message during his opening address on Tuesday January 29, at the Omni Shorham Hotel in Washington, D.C. His keynote speech discussed the importance of creating and sustaining communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. The overlying theme of his message was “storytelling,” and sharing our story as an affiliate, right here in Akron. As we learned of many different success stories, events and programs that are taking place throughout the country and right here in our backyard, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful was able to reflect on how we are proud to be included in the Keep America Beautiful network of more than 1,200 affiliates across the country.

The conference offered programs and breakout sessions that covered topics such as community recycling, social media and marketing, strategic planning and a wonderful keynote by Ed Humes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who discussed his recent book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. During his keynote, he told us, “The average American produces about 7.1 pounds of trash per day, which is 102 tons per lifetime.” And, as a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, we hope to decrease this amount by educating and impacting residents throughout the City of Akron!

If I could elaborate on everything I learned at the 2013 conference this blog post would take me two hours to write. I am excited and energized for our programming in 2013 and ready for the best year yet. I hope you will be able to see everything I learned throughout the programs Keep Akron Beautiful runs in 2013. Oh–and the best part of the conference? Paula Davis, President and CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful won the Sue Smith Leadership Award for all her accomplishments right here in Akron on Tuesday evening–we are so proud of her! See Cindy’s blog post and the Press Release from the Mayor’s Office for more information.

Matt McKenna, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful and Paula Davis, President and CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful, upon accepting her “Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award” at the KAB Conference in Washington, D.C.

Interested in who Keep America Beautiful is and what they do? Check out their website at! Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds vibrant communities. They bring people together to unlock every community’s potential. Keep Akron Beautiful is sure lucky to be a part of all that they do. Thanks for a wonderful conference, Keep America Beautiful! We will see you next year with lots of new stories to tell.

Capt. Danny Zampelli (KAB Board Member), Paula Davis (KAB President and CEO) and Jacqui Flaherty (KAB Program Manager) at the end of the 2013 Keep America Beautiful Conference.

The Keep Akron Beautiful attendees signed the “Vibrant Communities Pledge” at the closing of the 2013 conference. We are proud to be part of the organization that brings people together to unlock every community’s potential.


APS Science Fair Projects Address Issues Covered by Greenprint for Akron

by Cindy Pantea

Greenprint for Akron Executive Summary 2012

Click on the picture to read the 2012 Greenprint for Akron Executive Summary or follow the link to our Greenprint for Akron web page.

At The 57th Annual Akron Public Schools (APS) 2013 Science, Math, and Technology Expo held at North High School on Saturday, January 26, 2013, three volunteer judges spent 4.5 hours selecting projects that addressed issues covered in the Greenprint for Akron sustainability goals and climate change strategies for the government and the community.

Carl Safreed, P.E., Air Pollution Control Division of the Canton City Health Department, as well as Terry Reagan and Kevin Lockett, two Keep Akron Beautiful Board members who serve on the Greenprint Task Force, were the judges. They decided on a first, second and third place winner out of the 589 science projects created by middle and high school students.

Greenprint for Akron Award Winners Selected

Antonia Bruno, a 7th grader from Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts. Antonia developed her winning project, entitled “The Ethanol Project,” under the supervision of teacher, Tina Lattimer. About her project results, Antonia commented, “Just because I didn’t get the results I was looking for doesn’t mean I won’t try again.  We can’t give up on trying to make the world a greener place.” Her prize was $250 from Greenprint for Akron.

Greenprint for Akron logoJacob Lormer, a 7th grader from Dr. Morgan Greene’s science class at Litchfield Middle School took second place. He won with, “The Effects of Grass Killers on Grass,” a project that will directly help Keep Akron Beautiful in bed preparation for urban Flowerscapes sites this spring. Jacob’s prize was $100 from Greenprint for Akron.

Mikala Warner, an 8th grader at the National Inventors Hall of Fame (S.T.E.M. Learning) School, took third place. She worked with Coach Sharon Kaffen to develop her project called Air Pollution in Akron. For this project, Mikala tested the levels of pollution in downtown Akron, in a residential area, and in a city park and found that downtown is the most polluted. Her work won her the $50 Greenprint for Akron award.

A big thank you to the judges and, of course, the students for participating in the event. The Green Ribbon Panel from the City of Akron is encouraged and impressed that these middle and high school students are identifying local environmental problems and investigating solutions at their young age.

For more about the APS Science, Math and Technology Expo, visit

Greenprint for Akron is a program facilitated by Keep Akron Beautiful.



Paper Recycling at Participating Schools Til End of School Year

by Cindy Pantea

Keep Akron Beautiful-America Recycles Day Mixed Paper Recycling Contest

Keep Akron Beautiful photo from America Recycles Day/Mixed Paper Recycling Contest.

For those who may not be aware, River Valley Paper Company is keeping paper recycling bins at the schools that participated in Keep Akron Beautiful’s 3rd annual mixed paper drive competition celebrating 2012’s America Recycles Day.

So if you plan to do a 2013 cleanout of magazines, phone books, paperboard, catalogs, junk mail, office paper, newspaper or cardboard and need a place to recycle it, in order to keep up with your green New Year’s resolution ;-), go to a school near you: Helen Arnold CLC, Betty Jane CLC, Case Elementary School, Forest Hill CLC, Glover CLC, Seiberling Elementary School, Pfeiffer Elementary School, David Hill CLC, Leggett CLC, Judith Resnick CLC, McEbright CLC, Voris CLC, Findley CLC, Crouse CLC, East CLC, Miller South School of the Visual & Performing Arts, Jennings CLC , Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Mason CLC, Litchfield Middle School, Kenmore High School, North High School, Buchtel High School, Chapel Hill Christian School, Discovery Montessori School, Hoban High School, Imagine School, Our Lady of the Elms, Saint Bernard- Saint Mary School, Towpath Trail School, Akros Middle School, and The Edge Academy.

Thank you for visiting our blog today and don’t forget to sign up at the left of our homepage for KAB’s free e-newsletter filled with flowerscape and recycling tips and other news that goes with our mission: Improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management.