Celebrate Earth Month with KDB!

Celebrate Earth Month with
Keep Durham Beautiful!

Earth Day is fast-approaching. Do you know how you're celebrating? Consider joining Keep Durham Beautiful for one or more of our events this month!

April 22, 8am-2pm: Gather up your unwanted household goods for Durham's first annual ReUse Rodeo! On Saturday, April 22nd, we will be accepting gently used books, clothing, furniture, working electronics, household appliances, cookware, tools, craft supplies, and more, to be donated to area non-profits and distributed back into the community. A complete list can be found on the event page. Paper shredding and e-recycling will also be available. Clear up your household clutter, help the earth, and give your gently used items a new life! The event will be held in the parking lot of The Shoppes at Lakewood at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. Want to help out at the inaugural Reuse Rodeo? Sign up to volunteer!

April 23, 12pm-5pm: Join us for Durham's Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23rd! Participants will enjoy green activities and demos, learn about sustainable practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Day Market, enjoy great music and food, and much more! The festival will take place at Durham Central Park at 501 Foster Street. To learn more, visit the event page. Interested in helping out? We are looking for waste warriors to help with recycling and composting at the event. Sign up to volunteer today!

April 27, 8am-2pm: The Community Appearance and Litter Index is a quantitative assessment used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. Volunteers from the community receive training and then drive set routes in Durham to conduct a visual inspection of litter levels and help identify future clean-up sites. Sign up with your friends and help us make Durham a cleaner community! Breakfast and lunch are available for all volunteers. More information is available on the event page.

April 29, 9am-1pm: We are bringing I Love Durham Limpio back! We are teaming up with Durham community partners to do an extensive litter cleanup with ALL members of the community. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is for Durham community members to join forces by giving back to their community while learning about the environment and the resources Durham offers. We’d love for you to join us on April 29th from 9am-1pm! Don’t forget to bring your old shower heads to be traded in for NEW water efficient ones. Please visit the I Love Durham Limpio event page to view more information.


April 25 @ 2:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Come learn all about the benefits, management and social justice considerations for trees in our community and help create a vision for the future of Durham's trees. This is a great opportunity to celebrate, learn and shape what we want for our trees and communities in Durham. Dinner and child care is provided for registered participants. Register today!

This forum is organized by the Durham Tree Advocates with financial support from Leaf and Limb Tree ServiceVaguely Reminiscent, and Duke Energy.

April Events & Volunteer Opportunities 

🌱 Bahama Tire Recycling Drive - Saturday, April 1 | 9AM-12PM
🌱 Durham Reuse Rodeo - Saturday, April 22 | 8AM-2PM
🌱 Durham Earth Day Festival - Sunday, April 23 | 12-5PM
🌱 Trees Over Durham Forum - Tuesday, April 24 | 2:30-8PM
🌱 Litter Index - Thursday, April 27 | 8AM-1PM
🌱 I Love Durham Limpio - Saturday, April 29 | 9AM-1PM
For a full list of events, check out the Keep Durham Beautiful Event Calendar.


The Latest KDB News:

Arbor Day 2017

March 22, 2017 we celebrated Arbor Day here in Durham - a day in recognition of the value and benefits which trees provide. In observance of Arbor Day each year, Keep Durham Beautiful promotes the planting and care of trees within the City of Durham, which has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the last 34 years. This year we hosted two events - planting 33 trees with volunteers from the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) along ninth street, and 15 trees with fourth and fifth grade students from East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI) at East End Park. A special thanks to the City of Durham Urban Forestry Division and Duke Energy Foundation who helped make Arbor Day possible.
Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded Keep Durham Beautiful a $80,000 grant to increase our tree canopy in East Durham in partnership with the City of Durham Urban Forestry Division.  An environmental awareness campaign will accompany the tree plantings, along with plenty of volunteer opportunities. Resulting canopy will cool our streets and homes in the summer, reduce energy use, and filter pollutants from air and water.

Creek Week Is A Wrap!

In March, residents across Durham rolled up their sleeves, gripped their litter grabbers, and got dirty to make our local creeks and streams cleaner as part of the 8th annual Creek Week celebration. Other events included a frog watch, water reclamation facility tour, kayaking lesson, trivia night, GIS workshop, and more. Thank you to all of our volunteers and partners who helped remove litter from more than a dozen sites across Durham! Here are some snapshots of your dedication and impact. Check out our Storify page to see more highlights.

Beautiful Things Happening In Durham

The Bahama Ruritan Club held its 3rd annual Paint Recycling Drive on March 11th. Residents brought in over 150 cans of paint! The latex paint is re purposed to make a plastic covering for landfills, while oil based paint is converted to industrial fuel.

Missed the drive? Visit the City of Durham's Convenience Center to recycle your unwanted paint:

It's on! The City County Sustainability Office is challenging workplaces to #getgreener with the Bull City Workplace Challenge. This is an opportunitty for workplaces in Durham City or County to save money, earn local recognition & help the environment.
For more information, visit the Bull City Challenge website or call (919) 560-7999.
Our friends at Don't Waste Durham will be launching the GreenToGo returnable takeout container service on Earth Day - April 22, 2017. Don't miss the launch party at the Earth Day Festival that weekend. For more informationabout GreenToGo and to sign up, visit:
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