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2018-19 KDB Grant Awards

Environmental Education & Neighborhood Beautification Grants

Since 2007, KDB has given out grants for environmental education and neighborhood beautification projects to Denton area schools and community groups. This year, KDB awarded a total of $4,740 in grant funding to ten groups. These grants funded school projects to build raised bed gardens, revitalize landscaping, plant trees, sustain existing gardens, and build outdoor learning areas. Through the projects, students are not only able to learn about the environment, but how to become better stewards of the environment. The neighborhood beautification projects funded this year include the construction of a healing garden and landscaping to enhance a new office space. The grants seek to beautify spaces in Denton while nurturing a sense of community pride, and we think this year’s projects did just that!

Total amount in grants: $4,740

Neighborhood Beautification Grants – $1,990

  • Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village – $1,000
  • Denton Assistance Center, Inc. (Serve Denton) – $990

Environmental Education Grants – $2,750

  • Cornerstone Cooperative – $450
  • Fred Moore High School – $500
  • Ginnings Elementary School – $500
  • Guyer High School – $300
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School – $500
  • Koan School – $500

This year’s grant winners were honored at a special reception held at KDB’s offices on Dec. 6, 2018. View photos from the event below.

These grants were generously underwritten by the following sponsors:

                       

Grants Reception & Check Presentations

Cornerstone Cooperative Preschool receives grant check for their outdoor learning area designed for preschoolers.
Fred Moore High School receives grant check to construct a campus garden.
Guyer High School Green Team receives grant funding for learning gardens on their campus.
Ginnings Elementary honored at KDB’s Grant Awards Reception.
Koan School receives grant check to fund their early childhood outdoor learning area.
Immaculate Conception Catholic School receives grant funding to sustain their existing campus vegetable garden.
Good Samaritan – Lake Forest Village receives grant check to build a healing garden for its residents.
KDB presents check to Serve Denton to partially fund landscaping at their new offices.
Ginnings Elementary presented with grant check at school campus visit.

 

2018 Community Tree Giveaway Photo Round-up

Oct. 27 marked Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. (KDB)’s 20th Annual Community Tree Giveaway! 700 Dentonites received free trees from KDB at the drive-thru style event in just five hours. This year, seven species were given away: Bald Cypress, Brandywine Maple, Burr Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Lacebark Elm, Mexican Plum, and Shumard Oak. Take a look at the gorgeous event photos taken by local photographers, Gabriel Lee and Trejon D’Angelo.

Litter in Denton: 2018 Community Appearance Index Results

What is the Community Appearance Index & Why is it Important?

This month, KDB completed its annual Community Appearance Index, which is a visual litter scan to determine how littered our community is (or appears to be) and where coordinated community cleanup efforts should take place. Two teams, made up of volunteers, KDB board members, and staff, teamed up to score litter prevalence along ninety-six different roadway “zones” in Denton. As an affiliate organization of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), we must complete the Community Appearance Index each year, along with a comprehensive cost-benefit report, to remain an affiliate in good standing.

Each zone was rated by district covering 96 roadway zones

How Does the Rating Scale Work?

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) designed a rating scale to determine rate of litter prevalence on a scale of 1 to 4, with “1” indicating the least littered and “4” being extremely littered. The highest score of “4” on the scale indicates extreme litter prevalence, to the point of requiring a coordinated community cleanup effort or even contractor removal of large dumped items.

Litter Index Scale 1: Minimal or No Litter

 

Litter Index Scale 2: Slightly Littered

 

Litter Index Scale 3: Littered

 

Litter Index Scale 4: Extremely Littered

This year, Denton’s overall score increased slightly from 1.4 to 1.5 (on a scale of 1 to 4). Looking at the scores by voting district, District 4 averaged on the low end, with a score of 1.1, while District 2 saw an increase from 1.5 to 2 due to some illegal dump sites.

 

What Does this Mean?

While it’s difficult to attribute the increase to a single cause, growing population numbers, weather conditions (wind, rain), and frequency of litter cleanup efforts can all play a role in increasing observable rates of litter. Overall, 1.5 is an excellent rating, and we are proud of how clean Denton looks. However, we did see some areas where we’ll need to coordinate more cleanup efforts in the future to ensure our community is the best it can be.

 

How YOU Can Help

  1. Organize a special cleanup with friends in Denton – we’ll provide free supplies and point you in the right direction.
  2. Adopt a spot in Denton! Adopt-A-Spot partners are assigned a mile of roadway and are responsible for keeping it litter-free year-round.
  3. Pick up litter as you walk or ride around Denton. This is one of the easiest things you can do every day. Take a bag with you when you go on a walk, and pick up what you can. Join Reverse Litter‘s effort to pick up “Ten on Tuesday!”
  4. Don’t litter! This is a given, but just in case you’ve forgotten…make sure you put your trash where it belongs – in the trash or recycle container. And don’t forget, cigarette butts are litter too, in fact, the most littered item in the country.