Keep America Beautiful

National Awards Program

To honor the work of all our partners whose commitment to community improvement delivers more beautiful, cleaner, and improved neighborhoods and public spaces, Keep America Beautiful is proud to present its National Awards Program. Annually, KAB recognizes and rewards the best of the best among our network of affiliates, leading corporate partners and volunteers across the country with a variety of different awards and honors.

How To Apply:

  • Email application to awards@kab.org. Put your affiliate/organization name and what award you are applying for in the upload email subject line. The more information you include, the better, i.e. "Keep Portland Beautiful, ME, Affiliate Award; 30,001 - 100,000 population category"
  • All programs and projects submitted for consideration must fall within the last 12 months.
  • Click here for an easy guide about what type of photos we're looking for you to submit - please send high resolution shots if possible.
  • Plan and prepare, don't rush. Give yourself enough time (2-3 weeks, if possible) to prepare the award application.

Award winners will be recognized at Keep America Beautiful's National Conference in Orlando, FL February 1 - 3, 2016. For entry details, click next to the appropriate category below. 

There is a $5 fee per submission.  Checks & credit cards are accepted.

  • For credit card payments, click here
  • Checks can be made payable to: Keep America Beautiful (mail checks to: Keep America Beautiful, 1010 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT 06901 Attn:  Awards Applications).

If you have questions, please contact Shannon O'Donnell at 203.659.3074 or sodonnell@kab.org

 

Achievement Awards | National Awards | Affiliate Awards | Innovation Awards | CLPP Awards | GAC Awards | Leadership Awards |

Individual Achievement Awards

Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Award
Iron Eyes Cody Award
Young Professional Award

Help Keep America Beautiful honor outstanding individual volunteers for their efforts to deliver more beautiful, cleaner and improved neighborhoods and public spaces.  For more than 60 years, Keep America Beautiful has been honoring the best of the best in community improvement and stewardship.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click Here to Apply 

National Awards

Community Improvement Recognition Awards

Keep America Beautiful invites you to compete for our National Community Improvement Awards. We encourage you to compete for national recognition by honoring your business, nonprofit organization, or government agency for a relevant program/project
that has taken place within the last 12 months.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click Here to Apply

Youth & Education Recognition Awards

Keep America Beautiful recognizes outstanding youth, schools, and educators who have exhibited exceptional commitment toward the vision that all communities will be clean, green and beautiful.  

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click Here to Apply

Law Enforcement Recognition Awards

Keep America Beautiful recognizes those law enforcement professionals who have exceeded the duty requirements expected of their position and have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.  Award application should include life-time accomplishments and efforts.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click Here to Apply

Affiliate Awards

Keep America Beautiful invites you to compete for national recognition with a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award.  Honor your affiliate and its volunteers for their efforts to create a more beautiful, cleaner, and improved environment through new technologies, improved waste handling, and public space stewardship.  Your affiliate’s program activities in beautification and community greening, litter prevention and community revitalization, recycling and waste reduction, and environmental education will be taken into account by our judges.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to KAB Affiliates only


Click Here to Apply

Innovation Awards

Affiliate Innovation Awards

The Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Innovation Awards salute affiliates that have created innovative programs and partnerships to further the mission of Keep America Beautiful.  Projects or Partnerships focusing on Keep America Beautiful’s three Focus Areas of Litter Prevention, Beautification/Community Greening, and Recycling/Waste Reduction, and/or a combination of one or more of the Focus Areas will be considered.  

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to KAB Affiliates only

Click Here to Apply

State Affiliate Innovation Awards

The Keep America Beautiful State Innovation Awards salute State Affiliates that have created innovative programs and partnerships to further the mission of Keep America Beautiful.  Programs and partnerships focusing on Keep America Beautiful’s three Focus Areas of Litter Prevention, Beautification/Community Greening, and Recycling/Waste Reduction, and/or a combination of one or more of the Focus Areas will be considered.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to State Leaders only

Click Here to Apply

Leadership Awards

The Sue Smith Award

The Keep America Beautiful Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award honors Affiliate Executive Directors and senior staff involved with affiliate leadership who have built and sustained a local or state affiliate with exceptional success.  The Award is named in honor of Sue Smith, former Keep America Beautiful Director of Education and current National Trainer.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to KAB Affiliates only

Click Here to Apply

The William (Bill) Nash Award

A pioneer in establishing the national Keep America Beautiful affiliate network, Bill Nash worked tirelessly with community leaders across the country. This award recognizes a new Keep America Beautiful affiliate (certified within the last three years) for its outstanding achievement in implementing the Keep America Beautiful System.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to KAB Affiliates  only

Click Here to Apply

Program Awards

KAB Program Award

Keep America Beautiful invites you to compete for national recognition by honoring your affiliate, business, nonprofit organization, or government agency.  You may submit your KAB Program implementation for KAB programs including America Recycles Day, the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, & Great American Cleanup that has taken place in the last 12 months.  

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click Here to Apply

State Agency Partnership Awards

KAB State Agency Partnership

The Keep America Beautiful State Partnership Recognition Award honors State Departments of Transportation, Environmental Quality, and/or other state agencies for their support of Keep America Beautiful State Affiliates.  State Affiliates may submit applications for one or more state agencies using separate applications.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to State Leaders only

 Click Here to Apply