Celebrate Earth Day on April 23

Keep Durham Beautiful April Newsletter

With Earth Day right around the corner and beautiful weather for spring cleaning, April is promising to be an exciting month here at Keep Durham Beautiful. Join us this month as we:

Upcoming Events:

Earth Day Festival 2016
Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 23 | 12-5 PM
Rock Quarry Park 
(701 Stadium Dr)
Free Event | Rain or Shine
Rain Location: Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N. Driver)

Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more! Don't forget to do your part to “Go Green” and walk, skate, bike, ride the bus, or carpool to the event.

Interested in volunteering? We are looking for "Waste Warriors" to help compost and recycle at the festival.

For the full schedule of events, visit: Earth Day Festival 2016


Jazz and Juleps
Jazz and Juleps on the Terrace
Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 2-4 PM
Carillon Assisted Living
(4713 Garrett Road)
$25, $50 and $100+ suggested donation

Join us for an afternoon of live jazz, mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres on the beautiful terrace at Carillon Assisted Living. Our friends at Carillon are putting on this fun event to help raise funds for our cleanup and beautification projects around Durham. 

To RSVP, please call 919-701-6829

KDB Spring Golf Classic
Keep Durham Beautiful Spring Golf Classic
Friday, May 13, 2016 | 8:30am
Hillandale Golf Course
(1600 Hillandale Rd.)

Help us drive the spirit of giving at the Keep Durham Beautiful Spring Golf Classic! Teams of four will compete at the Hillandale Golf Course; top teams take home trophies and bragging rights! The tournament will feature a hot barbecue lunch, great prizes, and gift bags. All funds raised will benefit Keep Durham Beautiful.

Early bird rate is $65 per player. Rates increase after May 6, 2016 so register today! For more information about registration and sponsorship options and visit: KDB Spring Golf Classic 2016

Volunteer Opportunities:

Litter Index
Litter Index 
Wednesday, April 13 | 8 AM - 2 PM
Forest Hills Clubhouse (1629 University Dr)

Join us for the 12th annual Keep Durham Beautiful Litter Index. The litter index is a quantitative measure developed by our parent affiliation – Keep America Beautiful- that is used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. The results of the litter index are used to determine the effectiveness of our litter campaigns and identify litter “hot spots” in the community where we can focus future cleanups. 
Breakfast, lunch, and gratitude will be provided for all volunteers.

To register contact:
919-560-4197 ext 21244 or email Erin

Sign up to Volunteer
DPS Recycles
Toss it Right - DPS Recycles

Durham Public Schools and Keep Durham Beautiful recently won a grant from the Carton Council to help expand lunchroom recycling in our schools. DPS is currently looking for Recycling Ambassadors to help launch this lunchroom recycling program in several elementary schools throughout April. We are looking for volunteers to monitor lunchroom recycle bins for the first week of the campaign. As a recycling ambassador, you would help the school’s Environmental Champion instruct the students in proper carton and juice box recycling. 

For more information about how to get involved, visit: Toss It Right - DPS Recycling Ambassador Volunteers
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Earth Day Waste Warriors
Earth Day Waste Warriors
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 12-5 PM
Rock Quarry Park (701 Stadium Dr.)

Help make the Earth Day Festival a waste-wise event! Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options.

Three 2-hour shifts (11:30-1:30 pm; 1:30-3:30 pm; 3:30-5:30 pm) are available, no experience necessary and all ages welcome. 

Volunteers will help divert hundreds of pounds of waste from the landfill and get some Keep Durham Beautiful swag!

To register contact:
919-560-4197 ext 21244 or email Erin

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Geer Cemetery Cleanup
Geer Cemetery Spring Cleanup
Friday, April 8, 2016 | 2-4 PM
Geer Cemetery (800 Colonial Ave.)

Geer Cemetery is a four-acre wooded Cemetery in East Durham and the resting place of many of the earliest generations of African Americans in Durham. No group claims ownership of the historic Durham cemetery which remains largely unmaintained. Friends of Geer Cemetery formed in order to reveal its significant history and help advocate for this beautiful, rustic and historic public space in Durham. Join us as we partner together with Durham Technical Community College and Friends of Geer Cemetery to help care for this historic place.  

To register contact:
919-354-2729 or email Tania

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KDB News & Updates

Creek Week 2016 Results

Golden Leaf Awards
 The results are in! Thank you to everyone who came out and showed their support for our creeks. We especially want to thank the volunteers (all 284!) who picked up an astonishing 11,300 lbs of litter and the fantastic Creek Week partners: 

City of Durham Departments of Neighborhood Improvement Services, Parks and Recreation, Public Works-Stormwater & GIS Services, General Services, and Water Management
Durham County Departments of General Services, Engineering and Environmental Services
Durham City-County Sustainability Office
Durham County Library
Durham Soil and Water Conservation District
Clean Jordan Lake
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Eno River Association
Friends of Third Fork Creek
Frog Hollow Outdoors
Keep Durham Beautiful
New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
North Carolina Forest Service
Northeast Creek Stream Watch
Sierra Club-Headwaters Group
Triangle Land Conservancy
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

Recycling Survey

Recycle Survey
The City of Durham's Solid Waste department has created a Recycling Survey for Durham residents. The information from this survey will help the Solid Waste Department better understand our collective knowledge of recycling and help cater their educational outreach towards items that are often sorted incorrectly.The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and can be found at: Thank you for your help improving recycling here in Durham!

Bulb Blitz Winners

Bulb Blitz Winners!
The winners of the 2016 Keep Durham Beautiful Bulb Blitz are (drum roll please...):
  • Mount Level Community Haven
  • Orchard Ridge Beautification Committee
  • Red Maple Park
  • Old West Durham Neighborhood
  • Marydell Neighborhood 
  • Vantage Pointe HOA
  • Walden Pond HOA
  • Sunrise Recovery Resource Center
  • Reality Ministries
  • Croasdaile Garden Club
As you may have noticed, there are 10 lucky groups who won the Bulb Blitz giveaway this year! Thanks to a generous donation from our sister affiliate, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, we were able to give 5 additional groups a set of Iris bulbs in addition to the summer bulbs we already purchased. 
We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who joined us this year for the Bulb Blitz, we truly appreciate your interest in keeping our community clean, green, and beautiful!
Interested in getting more involved with Keep Durham Beautiful?
We are currently looking for a Social Media Summer Intern and AmeriCorps member to help with Environmental Education and Volunteer Coordination. For more information, contact Tania Dautlick at 919-354-2729 or by email at
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