Houston will be greener and cleaner once the hundreds of volunteers for the Great American Cleanup are done.
Keep Houston Beautiful is coordinating a number of projects this month that will clean neighborhoods, plant trees, improve parks and spread the word about the need to conserve our resources and keep our city sparkling.
The Great American Cleanup, an initiative of Keep American Beautiful, will include Keep Houston Beautiful Day on April 14 and the first-ever National Day of Action on April 28.
“Volunteers will contribute many hours of work to make Houston the beautiful city it is,” said Robin Blut, Executive Director of Keep Houston Beautiful. “We could not do this without the support of the individuals, community organizations and businesses that donate their time, expertise and money to this effort.”
Keep Houston Beautiful Day April 14th will feature two projects coordinated by the Greater East End Management District: a cleanup of Japhet Creek Green Finger Park, a natural stream that is the last tributary to Buffalo Bayou on the east side of downtown that has not been covered or channeled, and a cleanup of historic Dawson-Lunnon Cemetery, situated in a 100-year-old African American neighborhood for which a plaque from the Texas Historical Commission is being sought.
Also on April 14th will be a cleanup of the historic College Park Cemetery at 3605 Dallas and a cleanup sponsored by the Woodcrest Neighborhood Civic Association near I-10 and Washington Avenue. Also scheduled is the completion of a Sunnyside project; Worthing High School students and the City of Houston’s Department of Neighborhoods will complete curb painting.
Planned for April 21 are cleanups in Houston City Council District B and the Southwest Coalition of Neighborhoods.
The National Day of Action on April 28 will provide a variety of activities: the Hermann Park Conservancy will be planting trees; the Museum Park Super Neighborhood will clean up that area and mulch trees on the esplanades; and the Houston Museum of Natural Science will celebrate Earth Day by inviting organizations to host booths in their Grand Hall with activities to support learning about conservation of our resources and keeping our city clean.
Also on April 28, the Carverdale Civic Club with Waste Management is sponsoring a cleanup of R.L. and Cora Johnson Park.
Volunteers are needed for all these activities. To find out more about these events and learn how you can help, visit the Keep Houston Beautiful website at www.houstonbeautiful.org or call 713-839-8855.
Keep Houston Beautiful thanks its local sponsors for Keep Houston Beautiful Day and the National Day of Service: Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council; Apache Foundation; Arya Amaj School; Asakura Robinson Company; Carverdale Civic Association; City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department; City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department, Streets and Bridges Division; City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods, Inspection and Public Services; Coca-Cola; Comcast; ConocoPhillips; Greater East End Management District; HMNS Conservation Energy Club; Hermann Park Conservancy; Houston Housing Authority; Houston Independent School District; Houston Museum of Natural Science; Houston Police Department; Houston Rockets; Living Earth Technology; Lowe’s; Marathon Oil Corporation; Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office; McDonald’s Owner-Operators Association of Greater Houston; Moody-Rambin Interests; Museum Park Super Neighborhood; Nestlé; Living Planet Foundation Green Team; Republic Waste Services; Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Solid Waste Management Department; Southwest Coalition of Neighborhoods; TBG Partners; Waste Management; Westbury Community Garden.
America’s leading companies and brands support the campaign. The National Sponsors of the 2012 Great American Cleanup to date are: The Dow Chemical Company; The Glad Products Company; LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.; Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water; PepsiCo’s Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade companies; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management; and Wrigley. Promotional Partner is: The Miss America Organization. Educational Partners are: Rubber Manufacturers Association and WM Recycle America.