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Those who were walking dogs, riding bicycles or hiking at Sam Houston Trail on Dec. 14 likely noticed peculiar activity at the meadow: an enthusiastic group of volunteers, who were planting trees under the guidance of the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department. Members of the Calvary Church “Loving Our City” team joined Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) to plant twelve trees, a mix of bald cypress, bur oak and cedar elm, in an area known as the meadow. 

 

The six volunteers gave 18 hours of service and worked side by side with Parks and Recreation staff, who taught them proper planting techniques throughout the process. The volunteers learned about root preparation and ideal planting depth, as well as staking techniques and the use of mulch.

 

The purchase of the trees was made possible by a generous donation to KIB by Northrop Grumman through their Corporate Citizenship Program.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful works with all areas of the community, and this tree planting demonstrates that,” said KIB Board Vice President Chuck Kirk. “This project was funded by Northrop Grumman, which has an office in Irving, while a Calvary Church faith group planted the trees. As always, the Parks Department did an outstanding job in guiding and educating volunteers through all steps of the planting.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) staff and a group of senior citizens gathered at the Irving Family YMCA on Nov. 21 for the annual America Recycles Day celebratory breakfast.

 

America Recycles Day (ARD) is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States. It is a KIB program, and as the local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, KIB is one of hundreds of similar organizations across the country that holds events to celebrate ARD.

 

KIB supplied blue recycling bags, which the seniors filed with recyclable materials and delivered to the YMCA during the first two weeks of November. The event officially ended on Nov. 15. Solid Waste Services provided a roll-off container at the YMCA and weighed the materials collected.

 

The seniors collected a total of 460 pounds of recyclables and were honored for their efforts with the breakfast provided by KIB. One lucky senior won the prize drawing—a Keep Texas Beautiful Christmas ornament.

 

“This is another example of a partnership that is so important to Keep Irving Beautiful,” said KIB board member Margie Stipes. “Working together on a local level with the YMCA seniors and Solid Waste Services, and having the support of the national organization made this event a success.  KIB appreciates the YMCA and the seniors who participate in this event each year.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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KIB Board Member Candace Eldridge with event attendee at the KIB table

Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) continued a longstanding tradition of attending the Unite for Troops Veterans Day event on Nov. 9. The annual event is hosted by Porter’s Army and Navy. KIB’s role at the event was both as an exhibitor and as the provider of green event supplies, including recycling stations placed throughout the grounds. Visitors to the KIB table had the opportunity to spin a wheel and answer questions in six different categories related to the environment. Prizes included recycled books donated by the Friends of the Irving Public Library.  KIB also supported the three R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle— by distributing reusable items, such as shopping bags and drinking pouches. Additionally, KIB offered attendees many varieties of seed packets to grow their own flowers, vegetables and herbs.

 

“Unite for Troops is a community event that KIB is always proud and honored to be a part of,” said KIB board member Candace Eldridge. “It’s a family-friendly atmosphere and everyone attends to honor veterans, support active military, and have a fun and educational experience.”

 

Unite for Troops activities are focused on packing boxes to send to United Service Organizations in Afghanistan. Volunteers contribute a wide variety of items, including snacks, toiletries and puzzle books. The items are intended to help bring the comforts of home to the deployed troops.  

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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The City of Irving recorded a 34 percent decrease in the amount of litter across the city, according to Keep Irving Beautiful’s (KIB) 2019 Litter Index Survey.

 

This year, the overall average score was 1.26 compared to the previous year’s score of 1.90. The survey accessed nine areas throughout Irving, which included residential and commercial areas. The survey was conducted on Oct. 18.

 

“The Litter Index Survey helps identify areas that might need some cleanup attention, but it also shows how most of the Irving neighborhoods are well maintained,” said KIB board member Margie Stripes.

 

The Litter Index is one of the requirements for KIB to maintain its President’s Circle level. KIB attributes the decrease in litter to its efforts in educating and engaging with the Irving community, as well as through programs, such as Adopt-a-Spot and green events.

 

During the survey, KIB volunteers independently rank the areas with numbers one to four based on the amount of visible litter. A one rank indicates the least amount of visible litter and a four describes the area as “extremely littered.”

 

At the end of the survey, all the scores are compiled and averaged. Afterwards, the survey’s percentage is determined by comparing the average number to the baseline score.

 

KIB conducts the Litter Index Survey every year in October. The organization started tracking litter in Irving back in 2001.

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The buildings at the Irving Soccer Complex have a vibrant, new look thanks to Vizient employee volunteers and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB).

 

On Oct. 22, Vizient’s group of volunteers tackled a beautification project by painting the concession and facility buildings yellow, red and blue at the soccer complex. The project was part of the Irving-based company’s annual “Community Day.”

 

A total of 21 volunteers completed 84 service hours painting the buildings at the Irving Soccer Complex. The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department provided supplies and technical guidance for the project. Vizient project team leaders were James Hull and Amanda List.

 

“Vizient has been a great supporter and sponsor of KIB for many years,” said KIB board member Kelly Horn. “We greatly appreciate the dedication this company has given to the Irving community.”

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Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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“Fluor Cares” was the motto for Fluor employees and family members who volunteered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for a cleanup at Bird’s Fort Trail Park on Oct. 19.  

 

Eighteen volunteers collected 125 pounds of trash and 45 pounds of recyclable materials in the park. Bird’s Fort Trail Park is part of Irving’s Campion Trail System.

 

The company’s employee volunteer program began in 1976 and was later renamed to “Fluor Cares” in 2010. Last year, Fluor employees volunteered more than 52,000 hours through this program.

 

“Fluor Corporation is a great example of a company giving back to the community where they do business,” said KIB Board Member Chuck Kirk. “KIB is fortunate to have such an active and involved corporate presence here in Irving that places a high value on community service.”

 

Fluor Corporation is a global engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company headquartered in Irving.

 

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Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Employee volunteers from American Standard Brands took some time away from their Grand Prairie office Oct. 11 to volunteer with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) during Community Day. This is the second year for this company to partner with KIB for a beautification project, which included painting the interior of the Senter East Building. A total of 32 volunteers offered 79 hours of service, giving the main room of the building a fresh new look.

 

Lixil, American Standard’s parent company, started Community Day in 2017 as part of its Corporate Responsibility Strategy. During this event, employees from locations around the world participate in a variety of projects. American Standard reached out to KIB in 2018 for project ideas. The company worked together with KIB to paint an Irving Parks and Recreation facility, the Georgia Farrow Recreation Center.

 

In 2019, the company returned for the Oct. 11 project, and under the guidance of the Irving Parks and Recreation Department, the results will be enjoyed by the many residents and visitors who use the Senter East Building throughout the year.

 

“Community Day is a great way for a company’s employees to interact with the community and really feel like they are making a difference,” said KIB Board Member Karen Harmon. “KIB enjoyed working with the American Standard volunteers in 2018, and were happy to welcome them back again this year.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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T.W. Richardson Grove Park, part of Irving’s Campion Trail, was the site of the Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) 28th Annual Trash Bash, the organization’s signature cleanup event. A total of 490 volunteers gathered at the park Sept. 28, with a focus of stopping litter from reaching the nearby Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The volunteers gave 1,470 hours of service in collecting 580 pounds of trash and 540 pounds of recyclables. Following the event, volunteers from Calvary Church’s “Loving Our City” group prepared and served a hot dog lunch, with chips donated by Frito-Lay. For the eighth straight year, the Trash Bash was part of the National Public Lands Day, with thousands of volunteers engaged in similar projects across the country. 

 

KIB cleanups are much more than picking up litter, and this event was a great example of that. KIB has partnered with Crisis Ministries of Irving for the past few years to add a canned food drive to the Trash Bash. When all the boxes and bags of cans were collected and counted, there were 864 containers of food, which will benefit those served by the food pantry in Irving.   

 

Volunteers had the opportunity to visit a variety of tables, displays and activities during the event. Naturalist Jon Halsey returned with his impressive collection of fossils and artifacts, and the City of Irving Water Utilities team had had a booth where visitors could test their water IQ by answering questions and win prizes. New to the Trash Bash this year were Randy Mecca of DiscGames, whose focus was the therapeutic and recreational value of disc golf for wounded warriors and others with physical challenges; Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, with a table about STEM programs; Heartland Church and the Irving Fire Fighters Association. City Arborist and Parks and Recreation staff was in charge of the tree-climbing activity.

    

Mayor Rick Stopfer, who had officially proclaimed Sept. 28 as Trash Bash Day in Irving, stopped by the event, along with his wife Melanie, to pose for pictures and wish the volunteers a successful day. Several city departments helped make Trash Bash a success, including Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste Services, Water Utilities, and Communications. Community partners included Vizient, Inc.; Verizon Green Team; AcuGraphics; FASTSIGNS Irving-Las Colinas; Pernod-Ricard USA, BAPS Charities, Best Buy, the Rambler and Burb Newspapers; and Magician Maxwell Blade. Prizes were generously donated by the Irving Family YMCA, City of Irving Parks and Recreation and Glory House. This was the third year for the Singley Academy Police Explorers to participate, adding another layer of safety by directing traffic and keeping the parking procedure safe and efficient. The North Lake College Student Government Association distributed supplies at the registration tables.

 

KIB Board President Scott Wilson was at the event to go over safety instructions.

 

“For 28 years, the Trash Bash has been an Irving tradition where the organization does much more than just pick up litter,” said Wilson. “There are so many opportunities to make the community cleaner and greener, but also to meet people who share a common goal, have some fun and learn about a variety of topics. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and KIB is grateful for the nearly 500 people who volunteered.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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The Singley Academy Police Explorers at the 2018 Trash Bash

Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) invites community volunteers of all ages to attend the 28th annual Trash Bash for a morning of community service, food, and fun.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 28 at T.W. Richardson Grove Park, 333 E. Interstate Highway 635. Volunteers will meet at the park, along the north Campion Trail. KIB will provide supplies, such as litter pickers, trash and recycle bags, gloves, and a hot dog lunch. During the event, volunteers can learn about reptiles, fossils, and water conservation at various exhibits throughout the grounds. 

Additionally, volunteers are encouraged to bring canned or other non-perishable food items to benefit Crisis Ministries of Irving Food Pantry in Irving. Those who donate will receive an event T-shirt, while supplies last.

Those interested are asked to register online by Sept. 20. For more information, visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

About Keep Irving Beautiful

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) was recently recognized by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) North Texas Chapter with Honorable Mention in the “Outstanding Environmental Public Education and Outreach Program” category.  KIB board members and staff attended the awards luncheon, which was held at the Ruthe Jackson Center in Grand Prairie on Aug. 15. Keynote speaker for the event, Nick Alford, Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport zero waste manager, gave a presentation on the facility’s recycling challenges and successes.

A total of 11 awards were given in categories such as Outstanding Recycling Special Event, Volunteer of the Year and Distinguished Greenscape Project. KIB was cited for the organization’s efforts in supporting STAR’s mission to advance recycling through partnerships, collaboration, education and media outreach, as well as its innovative and unique program elements.  

“It’s an honor for KIB to be recognized for its accomplishments; however, it is the people who support and donate their time to the organization that make the events possible,” said KIB board member William McCary. “KIB volunteers, sponsors and partners are vital to the organization’s success and outreach. KIB appreciates everything they contribute. The organization also would like to thank STAR North Texas for all it does to promote recycling, and for recognizing KIB and the other honorees.”

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.