Environmental Education

Keep Akron Beautiful works with the staff of Leadership Akron and other class graduates to plan the annual Parks and Environment Class Day which is usually held in September. It is another wonderful opportunity to engage future and current leaders in our community on issues of sustainability and our community improvement that we are all facing.

This also segues into assisting with the NEXT Class Day, also in September to showcase our nonprofit agency to retired leaders in our community who are looking for ways to contribute and give back.

Keep Akron Beautiful also serves on a panel of environmental speakers, featuring hands-on exercises where possible, for the Junior Leadership Akron Class each fall. Past topics that were covered with the high school leaders have been energy conservation, litter prevention and climate change impacts.

What’s new with environmental education programming at KAB? When Pam Ray, Education Specialist with Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) for over 21 years retired from the Akron Public Schools (APS), Board of Education, our contract for services was over. It sent the President & CEO, Paula Davis, back to the drawing board or in this case to the agency’s clients-Akron’s teachers, K-12. Paula spent the summer of 2009 attending all of the APS Science Curriculum Specialist, Katrina Halasa’s summer enrichment workshops at Ott Staff Development Center. The goal was to re-assess the programming the nonprofit agency had been offering for over two decades and letting the teachers decide what they needed our agency to continue or how we could help them reach their classroom objectives in new ways.

The President & CEO brought the ideas back to the KAB Board of Directors and for the 2009-2010 school year and beyond we are partnering with the Akron Public Schools, and other appropriate partners, on the following projects:

 

Arbor Day Celebration:

Classroom presentations offered to all fourth grade classrooms in the city. Slogan Contest for classrooms to win one of 3 trees planted on school campuses. Seedling distribution for each 4th grade public, private and charter school student.

2016 Arbor Day Proclamation

2016 Arbor Day Press Release

 

Akron Science and Technology Fair

Keep Akron Beautiful sends 3-4 judges to the annual Science, Math and Technology (SMT) Expo at North High School in the beginning of the year. The goal is to select three monetary winners for the student-projects that most closely address Greenprint for Akron goals. 

2016 SMT Expo Press Release

 

Summer Science Teacher Enrichment Field Trip

Keep Akron Beautiful has written a grant to the Smith Foundation for 4 years to fund the rental of a full-size bus and provide box lunches to take 47 teachers on a Greenprint for Akron Tour of local sites related to the 8 Smart areas addressed in the city’s sustainability plan. The first three years the bus went to eight locations to tour facilities, hear speakers and take home media for their science classrooms. 

2014 Summer Science Teacher Bus Trip Agenda

 

 

Leadership Akron

Keep Akron Beautiful works with the staff of Leadership Akron and other class graduates to plan the annual Parks and Environment Class Day which is usually held in September. It is another wonderful opportunity to engage future and current leaders in our community on issues of sustainability and our community improvement that we are all facing.

This also segues into assisting with the NEXT Class Day, also in September to showcase our nonprofit agency to retired leaders in our community who are looking for ways to contribute and give back.

Keep Akron Beautiful also serves on a panel of environmental speakers, featuring hands-on exercises where possible, for the Junior Leadership Akron Class each fall. Past topics that were covered with the high school leaders have been energy conservation, litter prevention and climate change impacts.

 

Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors Green Task Force

This volunteer task force works on strategies to move the Smart Community Education and the Promotion of Progress smart area forward. In 2012 that meant working on the inaugural year of the Summit of Sustainability Awards.

Summit of Sustainablity Awards

 

Video Tour of Greenstar Recycling (Akron, OH)

Akron Curbside Recycling 101 Video

Releaf Brochure