Keep California Beautiful Partnership and Campus Sustainability Program
Recognition of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Keep California Beautiful (KCB) is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit dedicated to litter and marine debris prevention, alternative waste management, beautification, community networking, and outreach.
KCB functions as an umbrella organization that initiates and networks local affiliates in communities across California. The mission of KCB is to ignite individuals, state and local government, community, and corporate responsibility, through strategic initiatives and volunteer action, to preserve and protect California’s beautiful resources for generations to come.
Our core value is to recognize the efforts of one result in the power of many. Our guiding goal is to educate to inspire action. KCB is the state affiliate of the national organization Keep America Beautiful.
The KCB Partnership and Campus Sustainability Program (CSP) recognizes the outstanding work of military bases, colleges/universities, local government, and other institutions in sustainability-related to litter and waste elimination and encourages new ways of assessing efforts. The initiative promotes the implementation of local service projects and recognizes leaders in their respective communities. The goals of the program are to engage, educate and inspire environmental and community stewards.
KCB additionally functions as an umbrella organization that initiates and networks local affiliates in communities across California.
California – The most beautiful and cleanest state in the nation.
Working to ignite individuals, state and local government, community, and corporate responsibility through strategic initiatives and volunteer action to preserve and protect California’s beautiful resources for generations to come.
Personal Responsibility, Leadership, Education, and Volunteering: all leading to environmental awareness and action that will sustain our state’s natural environment.
The organization focuses on educating all ages of the public on littler prevention, natural resources, programs & tools to support alternative waste management, and legislation to support positive progress.
KCB promote volunteer efforts and networks individuals as well as organizations to better achieve goals within different communities.
“The Efforts of One Result in the Power of Many”
3. Endorse Enforcement:
Supporting and endorsing progressive legislation on alternative waste management and beautification is one aspect of achieving KCB goals that is vital to success. – consequences and legislation to support positive progress
Keep Bakersfield Beautiful
Ray Scott, Keep California Beautiful
KCB annually provides resources and support to more than 200 California communities, focusing on cleanup, beautification and enhancement projects. Every Spring the Great American CleanupTM (GAC) is held. Additionally, since the inception of the organization in 1991, KCB and its partner programs have sponsored over 14,372 events involving over 855,958 volunteers, and have collected over 26,238,000 pounds of litter and trash from California’s highways, public lands, waterways and beaches.
During the 2012 Keep America Beautiful Great American CleanupTM our Keep California Beautiful and local affiliates organized over 1,967 events and contributed over 163,726 volunteer hours; removing over 2,116,536 pounds of litter and debris from California’s environment along 1,953 miles of streets and trails and roads.
Keep California Beautiful’s efforts to organize and network caring individuals and organizations provides an outlet for cleanup and beautification.
Donate to KCB
Please consider donating to Keep California Beautiful, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Making a tax-deductible contribution to KCB allows for our organization to continue recycling, preventing litter, educating the public, supporting alternative waste management, and many other community building activities.
Please Donate by sending a check directly to our office (address below). Please make check payable to Keep California Beautiful.
Keep California Beautiful
8665 S. Union Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Every Dollar Matters, Every Student Matters.
Use the form below to make a contribution of any amount from $1 to $1,000.
Thank you so much! Your contribution does make a difference!
Keep California Beautiful believes that youth engagement is essential in protecting the environment and has lasting influences on their friends and families. As more youth understand the impacts of litter on the environment and their communities, they will develop leadership skills toward community stewardship. Cleanups are valuable but more importantly, the lessons learned from examining the items littered will help change littering behaviors. By planting and caring for trees and native plants and the community environment, we will preserve and create the world of tomorrow.
We are proud to offer these educational resources.
Clean California Activity Book
Project Learning Tree Resources
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Foundation for Environmental Education
Waste in Place
The statewide K-12 Recycling Challenge has been held annually with great enthusiasm to promote and encourage recycling. The competition between schools and recycling coordinators resulted in over 7.7 million pounds of recyclables collected in the past five years. For 2021, KCB will not conduct the in-school recycling competition. In 2022, the recycling categories will be streamlined.
The Campus Sustainability Program, open to all 2 and 4 year universities and colleges, and business campuses, provides an opportunity to recognize existing campus efforts to reduce and eliminate waste, improve and enhance beautification and document community volunteer initiatives to end littering, improve waste reduction and beautify campuses. The program is designed to raise awareness about the environment through activities of each school’s choosing. KCB believes that the knowledge and experience obtained in college shapes not only the future of students, but of the world as well. Ideas and practices adopted in the collegiate setting continue well past graduation. To encourage and support environmental stewardship, KCB has begun partnering with universities to teach students about the role that sustainable practices have in creating a positive future for California.
Campuses will benefit by utilizing Keep California Beautiful programs to:
Cal State University Sacramento Litter Survey Map
Keep America Beautiful® conducts two significant awards programs — the Vision for America Award, honoring corporate social responsibility among America’s leading corporations and considered among the most prestigious industry recognition, and our National Awards program, which celebrates achievements by Keep America Beautiful affiliates, individuals, and other community organizations.
The Keep America Beautiful National Awards program recognizes the best of the best among our network of community-based affiliates, leading corporate partners, and individual volunteers across the country who have committed to delivering cleaner, greener, and more beautiful communities.
Keep California Beautiful partners with communities to create locally-based programs to eliminate litter, reduce waste, and beautify their environment. No two community partners are the same in organizational structure or budget, but partners share the same commitment to making California a cleaner place while protecting and promoting the state’s beauty. Becoming a KCB Partner means a commitment from residents, businesses, and civic leaders to work together to identify local concerns and address those concerns. Thanks to the efforts of KCB, its sponsors, and a growing network of affiliates, residents are action to engage, energize, and educate others to care for their communities.
STEPS TO BECOME A PARTNER:
STEP ONE: Complete and submit the online Application Form (below) to establish your organization as a provisional partner. Applicants will receive an email notification from KCB confirming provisional status. Organizations can take as long as 60 days to complete the steps and call upon KCB staff to help with any part of the process.
STEP TWO: Determine your organization’s structure and (if applicable) board membership.
STEP THREE: Prepare your organization’s mission statement.
STEP FOUR: Prepare your bylaws or the guidelines or ordinance, or resolution that created your organization.
STEP FIVE: Establish funding sources (maybe in-kind) and a budget.
*Steps 2-5 must be completed within 60 days of step 1, or you will have to resubmit your application.
Keep California Beautiful assists partners to develop Keep America Beautiful local affiliation. With KCB assistance, your community can better develop a local alternative waste management and beautification program. We help guide organizations, foster cooperation, motivate individuals, and lay the groundwork to achieve a Keep America Beautiful Certification as an affiliate. Certification provides networking opportunities where affiliates can participate in the annual National conference, regular training seminars, and opportunities to receive national awards. To see affiliates in the national network, you can check out the Keep America Beautiful Network Find an Affiliate page.
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