Improving Quality of Life
Completed 2017 Projects
- Firefighters and pollinators: 23 Fire Stations, Grills, decks and gardens, Appreciating those who serve our community
- Waterway cleanups: Trinity River – Parvaho Wetlands, Lake Ray Hubbard
- Science Day at the Zoo: 1,100 teachers – Professional Development, Introduce Waste in Place for Environmental Education
- Youth Initiative: Youth Advisory Council, Sunset High School, Oak Cliff certified as the 2nd Keep America Beautiful School in the country
2017 Impacts – By the numbers
- 45 Events
- 3,838 Volunteer Hours:
- 11,038 Pounds of Litter & Clothing Collected
- 386 Plants, Shrubs and Trees Planted
- 1,168 Attendees at Educator Workshops
- $144,765 Value to Dallas communities
2017 Impacts – Quality of Life
Litter reduction is a constant battle. Keep Dallas Beautiful engaged the city of Dallas in collaboration with the cities of Rowlett and Garland to explore sustainable technologies to reduce litter getting into Lake Ray Hubbard.
Recycling, in all forms, must increase to divert more solid waste from landfills. Keep Dallas Beautiful initiated youth programs at Sunset High and Uplift Charter Schools to educate youth about solid waste diversion options.
Beautification means different things in different neighborhoods, but it follows from sustainable land management and good environmental stewardship. Keep Dallas Beautiful mobilized citizens and businesses to collaboratively meet community needs for better living conditions for firefighters, while increasing habitats for pollinators.
Unexpected outcomes included gaining city assistance to cleanup illegal dumping in a creek to alleviate flooding that causes bank erosion threatening structural integrity of a fire station and adjacent homes.
For year end June 30, 2018, Keep Dallas Beautiful (KDB) engaged 1,464 volunteers in 62 events rendering 10,233 hours of service in low-income Dallas communities. Keep America Beautiful reports $539,041.96 of benefits for this civic work. However, the 310 tons of litter removed from Dallas neighborhoods and waterways measures but does not reveal KDB’s impact on our community.
KDB transformed neighbors – people living near each other, into members of a resilient community – people caring about each other, working together to effect change. KDB events provided service and learning to communities creating a shared vision, discovering others’ talents, resources and aspirations, improving quality of life.
KDB’s multigenerational volunteers transferred knowledge and infused energy, creating sustainable impacts. Robust youth initiatives raised awareness, informed and empowered youth to create change. Youth applied this insight through service, engaging parents and neighbors to help them sustain the change they realized they could create.
Environmental stewardship requires caring for that which sustains life. Engaging volunteers at fire stations unearthed appreciation for firefights who cared for these volunteers and their families when they were most vulnerable. Serving firefighters by caring for their stations’ landscaping connected caring for others to caring for the earth.