KAB to Help Judge the 60th APS Science Fair

By: Willa Neale, KAB Intern

Kevin Lockett, KAB Board Member/Summit of Sustainability Committee Member, Cindy Pantea, KAB Staff/Summit of Sustainability Committee Member and Carl Safreed, P.E. (Head Judge) of Canton City Health Department’s Air Pollution Control Division are excited to return to Akron Public Schools to judge the 60th annual Science, Math and Technology Expo on Saturday, January 30, 2016. The event will be held in North High School from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Projects will be open to the public from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

The Keep Akron Beautiful/Greenprint for Akron affiliated judges will spend the day viewing projects from almost 500 students from all over the district. Our judges will be looking to award prizes to projects that address the goals and issues included in the Greenprint for Akron Smart Goals. Projects geared toward sustainability and climate change strategies will be eligible for cash prizes. First, second and third place winners will receive prizes of $250, $100 and $50 respectively. Prizes are provided by the agency’s Greenprint for Akron budget. Last year, the judges were highly impressed with all the students’ newfound knowledge, research and possible solutions to real-life challenges. Three winners’ standing out from 2015’s science fair chose different aspects stemming from the Combined Sewer Overflow issue. Read about last year’s winners in our blog.

Participating schools include: David Hill CLC, Mason CLC and Seiberling CLC, Buchtel CLC, East CLC, Hyre CLC, Innes CLC, Jennings CLC, Litchfield, Miller South, Roswell Kent, and STEM, Akron Early College, Buchtel CLC, East CLC, Firestone, Garfield and STEM.


Look forward to a follow-up blog!


Clean Up Akron Month Coming Soon!

By: Jamie Vanaman, KAB Intern

Clean Up Akron Month is our biggest cleanup event of the year! Throughout the month of April, volunteers who want to help keep their city clean and beautiful can register to help pick up litter and debris. Volunteers can choose the day and sight they wish to work on, as long as it is public land in the city of Akron. The KAB staff can answer any questions regarding the location as well!

With winter coming to an end in the next few months, we will all see the snow start to melt and any trash, debris, and illegal dumping that was hidden before will become visible. KAB wants those who are passionate about their area to sign up and help make the city cleaner!

During Clean Up Akron Month last year, 3,086 volunteers cleaned up 112 sites, including 29 city parks, 32 school campuses, and 3 community centers. 29,541 lbs. of litter was collected, along with 1,125 lbs. of recyclables. Of this material, volunteers found 82 tires, clothes, a miniature tractor, bed frames, pieces of cars, and more illegally dumped items. The success of last year’s events shows what a huge difference CUAM can make in any community!CUAM

Because this year is our 35 anniversary, we will be giving the first 1,000 volunteers who register a FREE t-shirt, along with their free admission to the Akron Zoo for Super Saturday (April 30)! Volunteers will also receive lunch and an awards ceremony to commemorate all the hard work they did during Clean Up Akron Month!

Registration will start mid-February, so mark your calendars!


Another Intern Joining the KAB Team for Spring 2016

By: Willa Neale, KAB Intern

Choosing a college and a career path are some of the most difficult decisions that a young person must face. Today, I look back on that difficult time and realize how lucky I am to find myself on one of the most beautiful campus communities in Ohio beginning a career that I love!

My name is Willa, and I am currently beginning my internship with Keep Akron Beautiful.  I am a junior at The University of Akron pursing my Bachelor of Arts in Business Organizational Communication with a minor in English. On campus, I enjoy spending my time working with different student organizations such as Dance Marathon, Student Ambassadors and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority as well as working at the Career Center as a Peer Advisor. I grew up in Newark, Ohio and never thought that I would find another place that I could call “home.” After just a few hours on a college tour at The University of Akron as a high school student, I realized that I was wrong. I fell in love with the campus, the beautiful downtown and all of the people that I met. I find myself discovering new treasures in Akron every week, and am grateful to now be working with an organization that contributes so much to the city I have grown to love.

I am very excited to begin helping with different community cleanup events, learning more about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle and gaining experience working with a nonprofit organization. I have a lot to learn and look forward to all of the new experiences coming this spring!

Willa Neale, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern Intern

Adopting A Site With KAB

By: Jamie Vanaman, KAB Intern

If you have ever seen a blooming flower bed in the summer time marked by a plastic lumber post with the Keep Akron Beautiful logo, then you have come across an Adopt-A-Site! The Adopt-A-Site program, which models the Floweerscape program, has been providing the ability for volunteers to plan, prep, plant, and maintain a public garden on City of Akron property for 25 years. These volunteers range from scouting groups to senior citizen groups, while under the supervision of our nonprofit agency.adopt a site
The goal of the program is to extend public land beautification out into the neighborhoods in the City of Akron. The sites include traffic islands, triangles, corners, boulevards, gardens around school signs, parks, and in front of fire departments. Our main goal is to have the gardens blooming with color all summer long!adopt a site_2

There are also many benefits to adopting a site or becoming part of the Adopt-A-Site program.  In your first year, the Flowerscape Director will help you design the landscape plan and choose plant materials (colors, number, and height of plants). Also during this year the Flowerscape crew will prepare the site for planting, and the contact person is given a flower order that gives groups wholesale prices on a variety of annuals, perennials, and soil amendments. You are also given free water from the City of Akron; an invitation to a clinic where you will learn what is best to plant and how to plant;  free trash bags and pick up/disposal of spent plant material, and access to professional advice for site maintenance and pest management problems during the growing season.

Hopefully after reading this you have decided to join the almost 70 sites located in the 10 wards of the city! There are some basic criteria that must be met to become an Adopt-A-Site:

  • Must be public landadopt a site_3
  • Must have close, convenient access to a fire hydrant
  • Must be visible to the public
  • The topography must be suitable for planting
  • The site must be safe for those doing the gardening
  • The volunteer group’s commitment must be for more than one growing season

To become an Adopt-A-Site, you must contact The Keep Akron Beautiful Office by phone: 330-375-2116, stop in or mail to 850 East Market Street, Akron Ohio 44305-2424, fax: 330-375-2116, or email to keepakronbeautiful@akronohio.gov

For more details check out the Gardening Tips blog post!


We hope that you will take on the task of helping to keep our city blooming by becoming an Adopt-A-Site!