Clean, Green Neighborhoods Initiative
The Clean, Green Neighborhood Initiative strives to clean neighborhoods and increase greenspaces throughout the city of Dallas, by focusing on neighborhoods that will serve as leaders for other neighborhoods. The goal is to transform parts of the city where people live together as neighbors into resilient communities with sustainable programs practicing environmental stewardship, while respecting the unique character of each neighborhood and building strong neighborhood pride. KDB facilitates grassroots efforts to clean and green neighborhoods in the Dallas GrowSouth initiative while creating a three-year strategic plan to sustain this initiative and create a paradigm for other neighborhoods.
Keep Dallas Beautiful (KDB) is proud to offer the Keep America Beautiful School Certification Program to public, private and charter schools in Dallas, especially those schools associated with the Clean, Green Neighborhood Imitative. The associated service learning activities provide students of all ages opportunity and mentoring as they take an active role in creating resilient and sustainable communities.
The KDB programs are building blocks of learning, aligning to established Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Social Science (STEAMS) curriculum. Teachers/Sponsors find the program a wonderful compliment as students strive to meet the major academic goals each year. The program’s sustainability is dependent on the building blocks of learning as it starts with a solid foundation with basic understanding of environmental concerns through an advanced program, allowing students to put their knowledge into action at the local, state and national and sometimes international level.
- ART Grades K-8
- STAR Grades 7-12
- STARS Grades 10 through college
A is for Anti-litter: Students gain a basic understanding of litter and how they can make a positive impact on their environment. Students perform a litter audit, identifying the largest issue on their campus and work with teachers and administrators to address the issue for the entire school.
R is for Reduce/ Reuse/Recycle: Students learn the three R’s of recycling and work with teachers to create an environment where putting these concepts into action are second-nature.
T is for Tree Trail: Students gain an understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it.
S is for Service: Students provide a service to their school community through the basic curriculum. Depending on the grade level, students may be encouraged to perform service with, parental supervision for younger students, in their community at-large.
S is also for Sustainability: The program includes exploration of its alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals for older students.
Fire Station backyards
Keep Dallas Beautiful (KDB) created outdoor living centers at 23 Dallas fire stations in low-income neighborhoods through Dallas Fire and Rescue’s (DFR) “Adopt a Station” program. DFR leadership identified a need to encourage firefighters to spend more time outdoors, reducing contact with toxins accumulated on equipment and apparatus but firefighters needed a reason to go outdoors.
KDB, with help from Lowe’s and the community, created that reason with improved private spaces, decks and gardens with horseshoes and other games at some stations. Each area was furnished with tables, chairs, umbrellas, grills and fire pits. Stations also received picnic tables, benches and patio heaters, and even a big screen TV. Gardens were designed to solve security issues, supplement fire house chefs’ menus or create a quiet, beautiful space to rehydrate and destress. Firefighters appreciated a healthier environment, a quiet place to study or relax and a feeling of support from their community. DFR leadership reported markedly improved morale.
KDB also passed through a donation of 18,800 Duracell 9-Volt batteries to the department for the Fire Protection smoke detector battery replacement program. The battery replacement has been threatened by budget cuts. View photo gallery.
Keep Dallas Beautiful sponsors cleanups in conjunction with its neighborhood programs, generally in the spring. For example, in April 2018 Keep Dallas Beautiful sponsored Spring Clean Tipton Park, cleaning a West Dallas park, greenbelt of the Trinity River and adjacent neighborhoods.
Also, Keep Dallas Beautiful co-sponsors the Tri-City Cleanup at Lake Ray Hubbard with Keep Rowlett Beautiful and Keep Garland Beautiful. This annual cleanup will be on October 20, 2018. Tri-City Cleanup is an important project for our Dallas community because Lake Ray Hubbard is Dallas’ water supply.
To volunteer – register at tricitycleanup.org All volunteers will receive a tee shirt and lunch! There are also over $1,500 of prizes that will be awarded at the event. Hope to see you there!