The City of Champaign celebrated becoming a Keep America Beautiful Certified Affiliate on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Keep America Beautiful (KAB) is a national non-profit dedicated to litter prevention, solid waste reduction and recycling and community beautification. Members of the Keep Champaign Beautiful Steering Committee participated in a final training workshop with KAB Director of Affiliate Development, Cecile Carson, to complete the eligibility requirements. The Keep Champaign Beautiful Steering Committee is a sub-committee of the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board. The Steering Committee includes City staff, Neighborhood Services Advisory Board members, representatives of the Park District, Unit 4 Schools and the University of Illinois, as well as local businesses and Champaign residents.
During the workshop, the committee reviewed the results of the Community Appearance Survey and other work that identifies Champaign strengths and weaknesses. The group brainstormed ideas for the 2015-2016 work plan. Keep America Beautiful provides expertise, programs and resources to help communities prevent litter, reduce waste, increase recycling, and protect the natural beauty of the areas around us. All KAB affiliates are eligible for $6,000 in grant funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for community projects. Keep Champaign Beautiful is also eligible for larger corporate grants from companies like Lowe’s, Pepsico, UPS and others who provide funding exclusively to KAB affiliates. The Keep Champaign Beautiful Committee will develop and administer programs and events to encourage citizen engagement in proper waste management and community beautification.
Following the workshop, the group attended the August 25, 2015 City Council meeting where Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen made a proclamation declaring the City of Champaign’s commitment to environmental sustainability as a KAB affiliate. After the proclamation, Cecile Carson presented Mayor Feinen with a certificate officially designating the City of Champaign as a KAB affiliate. For more information on how to get involved in the Keep Champaign Beautiful, please contact the Neighborhood Services Department.