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This past month Keep Durham Beautiful has planted an orchard at Eastway Elementary, cleaned up the historic, abandoned Geer Cemetery, started banding trees to protect against cankerworms, celebrated the first annual Monarch Festival, and cleaned up 6,255 lbs of litter during the Durham Big Sweep!

November is shaping up to be just as eventful. Here is what is happening this month:
America Recycles Day
Duke Interdiciplinary Social Innovators (DISI) Project Updates
Tree Banding 
Red Maple Park Playground Build
Geer Cemetery Celebration Events
Volunteer Spotlight
Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities
With the end of the year quickly approaching, we are starting to plan for 2016 and would love if you would consider making a monetary donation or volunteer at an upcoming event to help support the work we are doing to keep Durham a beautiful place to live, work, learn and play.


This week we celebrated America Recycles Day, a national Keep America Beautiful Initiative that seeks to raise awareness about recycling each November.

Did you know that the average individual produces 4.4 lbs of waste EVERY DAY? To hear more about why it's important to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and how you can get involved, check out our recent blog post on the KDB website.

This year for ARD, Keep Durham Beautiful will be hosting workshop at the Scrap Exchange on Monday, November 30 on how to upcycle old newspaper and magazines into jewlery pieces that make great gifts for the holidays. The workshop is available for a donation of any size - Spaces Limited, Register Online Today!


Throughout the fall semester, we partnered with the Duke Interdiciplinary Social Innovators (DISI) Program on a project to help KDB identify the tools and technology and a standard operating procedure to help us increase the effectiveness of capital fundraising and volunteer recruitment and retention. Seven Duke University Graduate students from the Nicholas School of the Environment, Pratt School of Engineering, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Fuqua School of Business worked together to identify a solution to streamline our volunteer and donor management process at Keep Durham Beautiful. We are excited to start integrating their recommendations and believe the suggested client management database and optimal workflow this interdisciplinary group identified through their thorough research will increase the effectiveness of KDB. We would like to thank the project innovators- Aakruti, Ben, Erin, Kevin, Tim & William and project manager Maria- for all of their wonderful work.


Remember those pesky, green inchworms that fall from the trees in the spring?
Besides being annoying when they get in your hair, coffee, and all over your car- cankerworms also threaten the health of our trees here in Durham. The good news is -YOU can help control the cankerworm population by banding trees.
Want to get a better idea of what tree banding entails? Check out this You Tube video or visit to learn more. We also have several upcoming volunteer opportunities where you can learn how banding works and then join us as we band street trees in areas that experienced severe cankworm outbreaks last year.
Banding trees helps control the outbreak of cankerworms. The cankerworm's extensive feeding can threaten the health of Durham trees. To learn more about why tree banding is important, check out this fact sheet from Trees Across Durham.


Red Maple Park BEFORE the playground build
Red Maple Park AFTER the playground build
On Saturday, November 7th, over 200 volunteers (despite the pouring rain) came out to help build an entire playground at Red Maple Park in six hours! The playground build was sponsored by MetLife Foundation, Durham Parks and Recreation, KaBOOM! and Keep Durham Beautiful. Thank you to all of the people who made this project possible and brought play to the kids living around Red Maple Park!


Last month Keep Durham Beautiful partnered with students from the University of Tennesse-Knoxville, the City of Durham General Services, and Friends of Geer Cemetery to help beautify Geer Cemetery, an abandoned four-acre wooded Cemetery in East Durham and the resting place of many of the earliest generations of African Americans in Durham. 

Friends of Geer Cemetery is a public group of volunteers who formed to uncover the interesting history and help take care of and advocate for this beautiful, rustic and historic public space in Durham. The group welcomes you to join in the observance of the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution with the following events:

Friday, December 4, 2015, 11 AM - Wreath Laying at Geer Cemetery

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2PM - Libations Ceremony, Stagville State Historic Site 

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4PM - Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, White Rock Baptist Church
Keynote Speaker: Honorable Judge Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Circuit Court Judge 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals


This month Fred Bright was nominated as one of Durham's most dedicated volunteers. He will be attending the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event, "Volunteers-A Gift to The Community" hosted by Dame's Chicken & Waffles. Fred, who has been volunteering with us since 2012, is the volunteer who is always the first to come and the last to leave. He has volunteered over 40 hours helping with reverse recycling initiatives, food truck rodeo waste reduction and the Oakwood Playground KABOOM! build.

Photo: Amy Sears and Freddie Bright teach festival goers at the November Food Truck Rodeo what is recyclable, compostable, and trash.


Saturday, November 21 - Tree planting at Duke's East Campus
Sunday, November  22 - Tree Banding Volunteer Workday

Friday, November  27 - Scrap Exchange, Smash Fest 2015 
Monday, November 30 - Upcycle it! Green Gifts for the Holidays Workshop
Thursday, December 3 - Tree Banding Volunteer Workday
Saturday, December 5 - Parkwood Annual Christmas/Holiday Parade
Tuesday, December 8 - Tree Banding Volunteer Workday

For a complete list of upcoming events, check out the event calendar on our website. 

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