Join Us In Celebrating
Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Annual Awards Gala
When: Saturday – November 1, 2014 / 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: Rockland Country Club, Sparkill NY
Featuring: Dinner — Live Performances by Anna de la Paz Flamenco
and Jazz by the Dynamic Trio — “Upcycled” Art Installation — Silent Auction
Now through November
The Fall Waterways Cleanup campaign is going on now!
Join an already scheduled event or go out and clean on your own. Click here for more information about this year’s Fall Waterway Cleanup Campaign
Help us go back to school!
Environmental education is KRB’s main mission. Our educators are busy year-round in schools across the county. They engage kids – from tots to teens – in fun, hands-on activities. Our EARTH B.E.A.T and ROCKLAND P.L.U.S. programs take place in elementary, middle and high schools. They are wonderful experiential programs that help hundreds of students make meaningful connections to their curriculum and their community.
Unfortunately, due to funding cuts, our environmental education programs are under pressure. Unless we raise funds from caring individuals like you, we will have to make significant cuts and scale back our plans to reach underserved parts of the county. So many children would miss out on these unique and vital programs. Please donate to our Environmental Education programs to ensure a cleaner, greener future for us all!
Halloween Procession to Promote Say No to the Bag Campaign
A procession led by the Bag Beauty and a Bag Beast will march in the Nyack Halloween Parade on October 25, 2014 to promote the “Say No To The Bag” campaign. The Bag Beast will be joined by a Bag Beauty, who will wear a gown created from single-use disposable bags by Maria Luisa. The Bag Beast wear’s a garment made from the 500 plastic bags that a single consumer uses in a year, on loan from Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority. Volunteers will accompany both Bag Beauty and Bag Beast, gathering bags collected from the public along the route of the parade. Bags will be “fed” to the Bag Beast and the Bag Beauty by volunteers who will recycle the plastic bags into a tail for the beast and dress train for the beauty. Each bag will make the train of the beauty’s dress and the tail of the beast longer. Volunteers will also hold signs promoting the “Say No To The Bag” campaign, and get people to sign a petition pledging to “Say No” to the single use disposable bag.
This action is a collaboration between Maria Luisa, Rockland Solid Waste Management Authority, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Rockland Youth Environment Society, Anthony’s Park Art and Re-cycle Center, The Nyack Chamber of Commerce and Nyack News And Views.
A social media campaign leading up to the Saturday, October 25 parade will urge the public to
bring single use bags to one of three collection sites:
• Maria Lusia Boutique
• Bill Batson Arts booth at the Nyack Farmers’ Market
• The Parade Route.
A Campaign Sponsored by Maria Luisa Boutique (Nyack) and Keep Rockland Beautiful
Plastic bags are littering our waterways and strangling wildlife. Both retailers and customers can help cut back on the number of plastic bags in circulation. To find out more information click here…
Shopping Cart Rescue
Was a Success!!
Thanks to Board Member Tom Kyle and our many KRB Volunteers for making this rescue a success. The total for this rescue was 239 carts of which 229 were returned to the original stores and 10 were taken to Teplitz (to be recycled). We did 100% of Nanuet, Pearl River, Spring Valley and part of New City. The cart winner was Stop and Shop with 44 carts followed by Home Goods at 22 & The Rockland Farmers Market took all 18 of the no name carts.
Keep Rockland Beautiful receives the
2014 Clarkstown Environmental Excellence Award
Keep Rockland Beautiful has been selected to receive the Environmental Excellence Award for it’s dedication to cleanups, environmental education programs and our critical efforts to “stop tons of litter and debris from entering into our drainage systems and streams.” Keep Rockland Beautiful and Tony Lisanti, also a recipient of the award who is dedicated to helping green Clarkstown, was recognized at the May 6, 2014 Town Board meeting. A birdhouse was dedicated in honor of each recipient and will be installed at the Congers Trailway. Thanks to all our hard working volunteers! We could have not done this without you!
Keep Rockland Beautiful’s Community Cleanup Leaders receive the Orangetown Highway Department Community Clean-Up Award
The Orangetown Highway Department honored Jo Anne Peterson the Sparkill Community Cleanup Leader (represented by Margie Turrin), Geraldine Collins the Pearl River Community Cleanup Leader and Galit Maayani the Blauvelt Community Cleanup Leader for their Outstanding Service to The Town of Orangetown. We thank the Orangetown Highway Department for the recognition and partnership throughout the Great American Campaign.
2014 Rockland County EMC: “Green Champion Award”
On June 18, 2014, the Rockland Environmental Management Council (EMC) honored Keep Rockland Beautiful for its Commitment to the Environment with their Second Annual Rockland County EMC: “Green Champion Award”. The EMC is an advisory council established by the Rockland County Legislature and also serves as a liaison to the general public on matters pertaining to improving our environmental resources. The EMC highlights and promotes sustainable practices implemented in the county. KRB was selected for this distinction based on its environmental achievements.