On Saturday, March 9, 2017, the Loup Trail Chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) invited Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator to speak to them about Pollinators and Environmental Stewardship. Hughes opened the meeting asking attendees, “What they knew about pollination?” A variety of responses and a lively discussion ensued. Hughes then moved into describing what pollination is, how pollination occurs, what a pollinator is and does, and why they are important. Examples of pollinators were given and pollinator garden requirements were discussed. The presentation was very interactive with questions on, “How to preserve your plants without using insecticides?” and “What is bloom set?”
Hughes also spoke to the group on the roles humans play in proper environmental stewardship and conservation of natural resources. The relationship between pollinator importance and conservation was also discussed and what humans can do to aid in conservation of the land, animals, different species, and the environment around them. Discussion on the populations of the Monarch Butterfly, Regal Fritillary, and Bees were used as examples of how human activities can have negative effects. Hughes then discussed how litter can have an adverse impact on the environment and why it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle to ensure that unwarranted items do not end up in the landfill or other areas that could cause harm to pollinators. Continue reading →
Amy Hughes, Project Coordinator for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) was invited by Marie Gumb, Sally Hart, Ashley Klanecky, and Lexy Wurst to share with Loup County School students over the 2017 spring semester the reuse activities she had designed using CD/DVD’s. On February 13, 2017, Amy visited the Pre-K (Mrs. Klanecky) and Kindergarden-2nd (Mrs. Hart) classrooms at Loup County School and shared the CD/DVD reuse activity. In total, fifteen students (6 Pre-K and 9 K-2nd) got to participate.
Mrs. Klanecky did some research and found some fun Valentine patterns that students could use to create Valentine’s Day “cards”. The students created owls or fish using a CD/DVD, glue, glitter and paper. The amount of creativity and excitement that the kids showed was amazing. They were so excited to get to make something fun that they could use as a gift for someone else.
On February 7, 2017, Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator, traveled to Rose, NE to speak with youth at the Rose Community School. Shelli Spencer, Teacher Grades 5-8, asked Hughes to speak to her classes on the importance of pollination.
Hughes took the presentation one step farther and incorporated how human actions can have an extreme impact on the environment. Hughes had Ms. Spencer and the five students participate in a pollination activity. They had to visit different flowers where they collected and deposited pollen. The process of pollination was then discussed and how each species of flower has to be pollinated by the same species to ensure the production of a new and viable “fruit”. Teacher and youth also participated in an activity which require them to read descriptions of certain plants and certain pollinators and decide which were “a match”. This activity taught the youth about plant selection by pollinators. Youth also learned that there are different types of pollination and that the types of pollinators entails a long list. The final activity Hughes provided for the teacher and students was: “What Foods Require Pollination & Which Do Not?” Hughes provided several types of foods, seasonings, and drinks for the students to choose from. Through discussion, the students did a very nice job of determining that all foods require pollination. They even thought deeper and deciphered as to why all foods require pollination. An example was milk. Why would milk be a result of pollination? The students answer was because milk comes from cows, and cows eat plants, and certain plants require pollination to reproduce and survive.
“E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many One” was the motto of the 2017 Keep America Beautiful Conference held in Washington D.C., January 24-26, 2017. Amy Hughes, Project Coordinator for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB), was selected to attend the conference for the KAB Affiliate. The motto for the 2017 conference was resonated over and over throughout the three day conference through speakers and activities being focused around the work that all affiliates of Keep America Beautiful do to reach their common goals to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities.
SCOTIA — Central Valley Elementary School (CVES) students in grades K-3 had a one of kind recycling experience at school on Jan. 20.
Amy Hughes and Mary Hughes, Project Coordinators of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) began leading CVES students in a Recycled CD/DVD Art project that requires damaged CD or DVDs, colored paper, scissors, string and rubber cement to complete last Friday after lunch. In 45-minute intervals the pair led every student through the project Amy developed about three months ago during her first time testing it out on students. In fact, she heard positive responses from the students regarding the craft project and was pleased to note their understanding of why recycling is important.
Our goal at Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is to reduce, reuse and recycle as many items as possible to keep them from ending up in our local landfills. With that thought in mind Mary Hughes, KLBB Project Coordinator, looked for ways to reduce the number of bicycle tires that were being dumped into our landfills around our 13-county KLBB region. Hughes found that one way to reduce the number was to recycle the tires into belts, bracelets and dog leashes.
“There are many different tread patterns, thicknesses and sizes to make a huge variety of these items. The dog leashes are very strong but yet flexible and comfortable to hold. The belts and bracelets vary in width, pattern and thickness making each one very unique and one of a kind,” explains Hughes.
The idea of ‘Bedtime Bags’ and ‘Kits for Kids’ came about through a conversation with a concerned gentleman who worked with foster children placements. He expressed his concern for these kids, who many times were placed in a foster home with nothing more than the clothes they were wearing, or the few possessions they did have were packed in a trash bag. He didn’t want these kids to think they were nothing more than ‘trash’. So I told him I would see what I could do to help.
With word-of-mouth and the help of social media, the information was put out to anyone who had extra backpacks, suitcases and duffel bags. Our pleas for help were well-answered! The backpacks, suitcases and duffel bags came pouring into our office. Hughes commented, “It’s wonderful how generous the public was to our cause. Their donations exceeded my expectations many times over!” We also asked for donations of personal care products such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash and body lotion to add to our bags. “That request was met with the same great generosity as our first request for help” stated Hughes. “We also had donations of puzzles, books, gently used personal throws, blankets, quilts, small stuffed animals and small toys. We can add these age appropriate items to the bags or kits.” Continue reading →
Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator invited schools, churches, libraries, etc. across the KLBB area to participate in the Crayon Recycling Program during the 2015-2016 school year. Participants were given collection boxes and information about crayons being composed of paraffin wax which contains petroleum, a chemical that is toxic to our environment, and that decomposition of crayons can take decades, which are great reasons to keep them out of our landfills. Crayons were then collected after the school year ended and weighed electronically. In total 87 lbs 7 oz of crayons were collected for recycling or reuse purposes.
On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Project Coordinator traveled to the Central Valley Elementary School in Scotia to present them with an Environmental Excellence Award in Recycling and some recycle craft books for their excellent environmental stewardship practices. Central Valley Elementary was one of sixteen schools who chose to participate in the Crayon Program and collected 12 lbs and 12 ounces of crayons. The collection of these crayons prevented them from entering our landfills and causing adverse reactions to our environment. All participants should be commended in their environmental kindness and encouraged to continue the great work during the 2016-2017 school year. In fact, Amy would like to challenge Central Valley to collect even more crayons this year. Continue reading →
Crayola, central Nebraska schools and Mary Hughes, Project Coordinator for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, have banded together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why they launched the Crayola “ColorCycle” program. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools in central Nebraska and across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used markers.
“Now in our 3rd year of the Crayola Marker Recycling program, we are off to a great start. The 2016-2017 school year has a total of 44 schools participating in our program. This great program recycles all brands and kinds of markers! Whether you have dry-erase, highlighters, permanent or non-permanent markers this program accepts all types! No need to sort them, just toss them in the designated boxes at these 44 schools locations and I will pick them up at the end of each school year. This pick-up time allows students and teachers to clean out their desks and/or lockers at the end of the school year and add them to the collection boxes” notes Mary Hughes, Program Coordinator for KLBB. Continue reading →
Amy Hughes, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) Project Coordinator invited schools, churches, libraries, etc. across the KLBB area to participate in the Crayon Recycling Program during the 2015-2016 school year. Participants were given collection boxes and information about crayons being composed of paraffin wax which contains petroleum, a chemical that is toxic to our environment, and that decomposition of crayons can take decades, which are great reasons to keep them out of our landfills. Crayons were then collected after the school year ended and weighed electronically. In total 87 lbs 7 oz of crayons were collected for recycling or reuse purposes. Continue reading →
We would like to invite anyone interested in recycling Christmas lights again this year to do so by contacting Janet Sander, Amy Hughes, Mary Hughes, or Kathy Mann. There are NEW requirements for recycling however so please do the following. ALL bulbs must be REMOVED from the light string prior to being taken in to be recycled. Any strings brought in with light bulbs still intact will be asked to be taken home until light bulbs are removed. Below is the contact information for collection.
Janet Sanders, Affiliate Director – 308-346-3393
Amy Hughes, Project Coordinator – 308-346-3393
Mary Hughes, Project Coordinator – 308-346-3393
Kathy Mann, Project Coordinator – 308-346-3393
Amy Hughes, KLBB Project Coordinator invites you to register for the programs she has available for 2016-2017. More detailed information on each program can be found on each programs designated page on www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org. Below is a direct link to the invitation letters sent out to area schools along with the program registration form. If interested please fill out the form and send to the address at the bottom or to Amy@keeploupbasinbeautiful.org.
We invite parents and educators to visit our resource page as some new resources have been added and updated. We now have two pre-K videos available for viewing. Updates will continue to occur as new opportunities arise! The following are the newest pre-K additions to the page.
Environmentalist, gardeners, students, teachers, and community members are invited to attend a three-four hour Butterfly Garden Tour on Saturday, October 8, 2016 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Interested parties are asked to meet at the Sherman County Historical Society at 133 S 8th St in Loup City at 2:15 p.m. to ensure plenty of time for introductions before the informational session begins. Plans for the afternoon include a short butterfly and pollinator information session and then visiting six-seven gardens in the Loup City area. Participants will learn the importance of butterfly/pollinator gardens, and get first-hand experience with butterfly and plant identification and importance. Continue reading →
Environmentalist, gardeners, students, teachers, and community members are invited to attend a two hour Butterfly Garden Tour on Monday, September 12, 2016 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Interested parties are asked to meet at the Loup River Scenic Byway Interpretive Center at 330 Hwy 11, Burwell at 1:45 p.m. to ensure plenty of time for introductions before the informational session begins. Plans for the afternoon include a short butterfly and pollinator information session and then visiting three or four gardens in the Burwell area. Participants will learn the importance of butterfly/pollinator gardens, get first-hand experience with butterfly and plant identification and importance, and will receive FREE seed packets to plant/disperse as they choose. Continue reading →
On July 14, 2016, form 6-8 p.m. KLBB offered a unique and fun Bicycle Recycle and Safety Day at the Burwell Elementary Basketball Courts. Thirteen youth from Valley, Garfield, Loup and Wheeler Counties who had pre-registered were sent through many stations where they learned about proper bicycle mechanics and maintenance, went through a bicycle safety check making sure their bikes were street legal, practiced mounting/dismounting and starting/stopping, how to control bike speed and maneuverability through weaving and figure eights, learned the proper hand signals to use while riding and learned proper recycling techniques while riding their bicycles. Participants also received a new free bicycle helmet from Burwell’s Blazing Star Masonic Lodge Number 200. Continue reading →
The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has been awarded two 2016 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants – Scrap Tire Cleanup from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The grants will fund two area tire collections coordinated by the Loup Basin RC&D. Continue reading →
Please find below the link for the 2015 Recycle Guide. It is a relatively large file so please be patient while waiting for it to download. If you have any questions feel free to contact us by calling 308-346-3393
Anita Olson, Director of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful presents a check to the Greeley Beautification Committee.
More than 30 Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Communities Receive Grants Totaling $160,000 to Support Local Projects
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The UPS Foundation recently announced that Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a recipient of a 2014 KAB/UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grants. More than 30 grants, totaling $160,000, are being awarded to KAB community-based affiliates throughout the country. Continue reading →
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful was awarded a grant in the amount of $65,000 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council. Altogether, the state received 53 applications requesting more than $2.4 million for litter reduction and recycling projects. A total of $2.0 million was awarded to 51 projects throughout Nebraska. Anita Olson, KLBB Director said “We are very excited about being awarded this grant because it ensures that we can continue providing our services free of charge, and also create new recycling and waste reduction programs to benefit more communities.”
The grant program provides funds annually to Nebraska projects in three areas: public education, cleanup and recycling. The funds awarded to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful through public education funds will be used to provide environmental education leading to waste reduction, litter prevention, recycling and beautification. These educational programs are provided for all residents of the thirteen counties served by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful free of charge. School programs are the main focus for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, but other projects include
During the Keep Nebraska Beautiful annual conference on June 27, 2013 held at the Nebraska City Lied Center, Keep Loup Basin beautiful was awarded the “Gold Affiliate” recognition. This is the highest level of achievement for the Nebraska Keep America Beautiful affiliates.
Pictured, Linda Studnicka, Director of Keep Loup Basin Beautiful and Mike Hazen
from the Keep Nebraska Beautiful Board of Directors.
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has awarded the Loup Basin RC&D Council a grant in the amount of $34,966 to be used for the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful. This organization is a project of the RC&D Council, and serves residents in nine central Nebraska counties. The DNEQ provides funds annually to Nebraska projects in the categories of public environmental education, cleanups and recycling. Altogether, the NDEQ was able to fund fifty-six applications for 2013. Continue reading →
Local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, was presented the National Keep America Beautiful (KAB) 2012 Great American Cleanup (GAC) Best Activation Award at the Keep America Beautiful Conference held in Washington, DC on January 29th. Continue reading →
Ø One day to get our neighbors, friends and colleagues excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together…
Ø One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year!
America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action. Recycling is the easiest thing we can do 365 days a year to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. Did you know——-
Ø Recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry that employs millions of Americans and helps advance our clean energy economy.
Ø Our national recycling rate of 34 percent annually:
Ø Saves the energy equivalent of nearly 250 million barrels of crude oil or nearly 27 days of all U.S. oil imports.
Ø Avoids greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing more than 35 million cars from the road each year.
Recycling one aluminum can will power a 46 inch LED TV for 3 hours
Plastic bags are recyclable, but usually not at the curb. However, many retailers across the country have drop-off collections for plastic bag recycling. Other bags that can be recycled as well are: dry-cleaning bags, bread bags and newspaper bags.
A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days.