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"OUR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER OKLAHOMA

CITIZENS TO PRESERVE & ENHANCE THE STATE'S

NATURAL BEAUTY & ENSURE A HEALTHY,

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT."

- Keep Oklahoma Beautiful


Contents

A letter from the Executive Director

Sponsors

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3

16

Board & Staff

Program Overview

& Reports

Financials

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Out & About

“Baby steps count,

too, as long as

you’re moving

forward.”

- Chris Gardner


A letter from the

Executive Director...

...Keep Oklahoma Beautiful's mission is to empower Oklahoma

citizens to preserve and enhance the state's natural beauty and

ensure a healthy sustainable environment.

From Fresh Paint Days (#FPDinOK) to the Great American Cleanup

(#GACinOK) to the Environmental Excellence Awards, it's easy to

explain what KOB does to preserve our state's beauty and promote

environmental sustainability. What's less easy to explain is our

mission to "empower Oklahoma citizens" to take action, but that's

the part of our mission that I find most rewarding.

This has been an incredible year for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and

its affiliates. As you will see inside this report, our Fresh Paint Days,

which will change in FY22 to Paint Oklahoma Beautiful, improved

the face of 21 communities. Our Litter Education programs reached

2,816 students. The Great American Cleanup encompassed all of

Oklahoma's 77 counties; an accomplishment recognized by Keep

America Beautiful for its 12th consecutive year with 100% county

participation. We added six new KOB affiliates, bringing us to 39

affiliates across the state.

Program volunteers and new affiliates represent Oklahomans from

across the state who are taking action to improve their

communities. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is proud to provide tools to

support them in their efforts. We couldn't do that without your

support!

In Oklahoma, home is beautiful. Because of your support, Keep

Oklahoma Beautiful is helping preserve and enhance that beauty

today and for future generations. More importantly, we empower

Oklahomans in every corner of the state to take ownership in their

communities, organize with their neighbors, and work together to

get the job done. At Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, we realize our work

has an ongoing positive impact, and it is good to take disconnected

people and help encourage them to be a community with a cause.

Working together with our sponsors, donors, affiliates, and

volunteers, we are proving the power of every citizen to make a

difference. THANK YOU!


SPONSORS

Benefactors

Transportation

Program Sponsors

Turnpike Authority


1BOARD 2020 - 21

Fite Ed

President

Turner Virgil

Treasurer

Smith Montie

President Elect

Ward Rhonda

Secretary

Wasinger

Jennifer

Past President

Jeffery Everett

Jim Evers Jerry Fowler Scott Huff

Katie Girardi Chris Knight Brittany Lemoine

Brad Mirth Pete Schultze Rachel Spannagle

Jerry Wagner

Patrick Riley


Nance

Jeanette

Executive Director

Wehba Dillon

Programs Coordinator

Wilson

Anthony

Programs Coordinator*

STAFF 2020 - 21

Bergeron

Jessika

Recycle Facilitator

Wilson

Justin

Office Administrator

Johnson

Shavara

Content Contributor

*Employment ended in April 2021

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PROGRAMS OVERVIEW

LITTER EDUCATION

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful recognizes the need to

instill an appreciation of responsible environmental

practices in Oklahoma's youth. We accomplish this

through our Litter Education Programs.

Uncapped reaches 4th and 5th graders, who are

instructed to create murals out of collected bottle

caps.

UpCycled is designed for 7th and 8th graders. The

submitted projects have turned trash into treasure.

End Litter high school and college students create

videos highlighting the dangerous effects of

littering.

FRESH PAINT DAYS

#FPDinOK*

The Fresh Paint Days program encourages volunteer

groups to seek out unsightly structures in their

community and renovate them with the creative use

of provided resources. With the assistance of

generous sponsors, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

provides approved projects with paint and a stipend

for supplies. All winning projects must be painted

within the same 30-day span. Participants will then

submit "before and after" photography showing the

transformation.

*Will change to Paint Oklahoma Beautiful in FY22

ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

CELEBRATION

#EEC30

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Every June, KOB puts out a call for nominations of

favorite community groups, municipalities,

individuals, etc. that are doing their part to help keep

Oklahoma beautiful, clean, and green. After a

rigorous judging process, the top finalist in each

category is notified and invited to attend the

Environmental Excellence Celebration in November.


COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

#KOBWorkshops

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful's regional workshops focus on

a variety of relevant and practical topics for community

organizations, chambers of commerce, volunteers, and

municipal and county officials. KOB staff, community

leaders, experts, and experienced organizational

directors will add to these events' sharing and learning

experiences. Our annual workshops are designed to

educate and inspire.

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP

#GACinOK

The Great American Cleanup is a program that

covers the entire state of Oklahoma. Registration

begins in December, and events run from March 1 to

May 31. Any type of group can register to participate.

Registered participants in Oklahoma receive free

supplies (including trash bags, safety vests, gloves,

water, and more) and are eligible for prizes and

special grants. Hundreds of groups participate each

year and 2021 was the 11th year in a row for 100%

county participation.

LEND-A-BIN

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful has bins available for

neighborhood cleanups, business meetings,

conferences, special events, and concerts, or other

community events. Bins are for long-term or short-term

use and users log and report the amount of recycling

collected.

DEQ CLEAN COMMUNITIES

The intention of Clean Communities is to provide

recognition to entities that participate, cooperate and/or

collaborate in cleaning up tire dumps, implementing

preventative measures to stop illegal tire dumping in

their communities, and encourage good environmental

stewardship through service projects.

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#FPDinOK

Did you know a fresh coat

of paint can improve

one's mental state, and

also makes for a clean

attractive environment!

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1,149

C o m m u n i t y S t r u c t u r e s

C o m m u n i t i e s

C o u n t i e s

G a l l o n s o f P a i n t

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resh

resh

aint

ays


..reaches 4th and 5th

graders, who are

instructed to create

murals out of collected

bottle caps.

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2,308

416

R e g i s t r a n t s

S u b m i s s i o n s

V o t e s

S t u d e n t s R e a c h e d

UnCapped

Ms. Amy Mauk and Ms. Wendy Lester's 4th & 5th-grade

Gifted & Talented class from E.E. Emerson Elementary

School in Coalgate, OK took a new approach with their

winning project, A Good Habit. While creating this

project, they researched the amount of bottled water

that their school consumed and made it their mission

to try to reduce the problem. The students created a

17" x 14" recycling bin made entirely out of bottle caps

for others to easily toss the caps and overall reduce

the amount of litter that they would normally see on

the playground.

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UpCycled

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8

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..is designed for 7th and 8th

graders. The submitted

projects have turned trash

into treasure.

R e g i s t r a n t s

S u b m i s s i o n s

S t u d e n t s R e a c h e d

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Our UpCycled winners were Mrs. Tiffany Gray

and Mrs. Nancy Griffin's 7th and 8th-grade

Gifted & Talented students from Fort Cobb-

Broxton Middle School. The class piece titled

Pokémon Trash to Treasure, inspired by the

popular video game, was created to raise

awareness of the risk of litter and reducing the

amount of recycling that goes into our landfills.

The class went above and beyond by

interviewing their Town Mayor Nancy

Henderson and City Clerk Shelly Nightingale to

find out about the trash their town disposes of

every week. In their essay, the class broke down

how litter can pollute our atmosphere,

waterways, and overall health. The students

created a Halloween Pokémon diorama to

illustrate just some of the fun and creative ways

that we all can upcycle trash.


..high school and college

students create videos

highlighting the dangerous

effects of littering.

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2,963

2,376

R e g i s t r a n t s

S u b m i s s i o n s

V o t e s

S t u d e n t s R e a c h e d

End Litter

Despite the many challenges that shifted Oklahoma

education in 2020, high school and college students

along with teachers were eager to participate in our

End Litter Video Contest. The high school and college

contest winners were selected from Eastern

Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw, OK.

The high school class showed us how we all can do our

part to maintain a cleaner environment by picking up

trash in our area. The college students highlighted the

risks of not investing in protecting our land by

reducing the amount of waste that we use. The

college students and staff were rewarded a cash prize

that was later donated to a scholarship fund to honor

their late classmate who starred in and helped to

create this winning piece.

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Environmental Excellence Celebration

Beginning in early June, KOB

puts out a call for nominations

of your favorite community

groups, municipalities,

individuals, etc. that are doing

their part to help keep

Oklahoma beautiful, clean, and

green. After a rigorous judging

process, the top finalist in each

category is notified and invited

to attend the banquet in

November.

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#EEC30

$153,416.00

GROSS FUNDS

RAISED

56

NOMINATIONS

41

WINNERS

DUE TO COVID-19 OUR

EVENT WAS VIRTUAL

AND WAS VIEWED BY

MORE THAN 100

ATTENDEES.

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#GACinOK

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP

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2021 MARKED 12

YEARS OF 100%

COUNTY

PARTICIPATION!


Pounds of Trash

Collected

2,906,362

Volunteers &

Participants

12,354

Cleanup Cost Saved

for Oklahoma

6.2 million

Miles Cleaned

8,227

Acres Public

Land Cleared

1,648

Trees, Seedlings &

Flowers Planted

8,400

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DEQ CLEAN COMMUNITIES

The intention of Clean Communities is to provide

recognition to entities that participate, cooperate and/or

collaborate in cleaning up tire dumps, implementing

preventative measures to stop illegal tire dumping in their

communities, and encourage good environmental

stewardship through service projects.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

Total Attendees

200

Topics Covered

20

Workshops

resh

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#KOBWorkshops


AFFILIATE NETWORK

6New Affiliates

39

Total Affiliates

$52,921

Total Grant Funds Awarded

20

Grants Awarded

14

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

Affiliates are groups with the

desire to join other likeminded

individuals to improve

the aesthetic, environmental &

sustainable quality of life in

Oklahoma. Certain Affiliates

are long-established groups or

are just getting started. KOB

loves their Affiliate Heros!


Lend-A-Bin

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94,051

2,389,403

O n - g o i n g P a r t i c i p a n t s

P o u n d s o f R e c y c l i n g

C o l l e c t e d

U n i t s o f R e c y c l i n g

C o l l e c t e d

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Keep Oklahoma Beautiful provides bins

for your organization to use.

Neighborhood cleanups, business

meetings conferences, specialty events &

concerts are just a few ideas of what

your organization could use these bins

for. You may borrow bins for long term or

short term use, we only request that you

record & report back to us how much

recycling you collect.



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Out & About

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