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.

The 2012 awards season is now closed.  Thank you for all the great applications!

See below for a list of all available awards and applications:

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

How to Apply

  • WATCH YOUR FILE SIZE! No one file size should be larger than 1MB! The ideal application is one document (either Word doc or PDF). When submitting photos, please send high resolution shots if possible. Click here for an easy guide about what type of photos we're looking for you to submit.
  • 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 Mansfield Beautiful, MA, Affiliate Award, previously recognized category"
  • All programs and projects submitted for consideration must fall within the timeframe of July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 
  • 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 60th National Conference in Washington, D.C. in January 2013. To submit an entry, click next to the appropriate category below. Hard copies will not be accepted.

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: 2012 Awards)

If you have questions, please contact Alexandra Donovan at (203) 659.3070 or adonovan@kab.org.

  

 

Affiliates must be in good standing to apply for awards.

National Awards

The Keep America Beautiful National Award's annually celebrate businesses, nonprofit organizations, youth groups, and government agencies for their achievements in litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling, beautification/community greening projects or programs.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click here to apply

Affiliate Awards

Keep America Beautiful recognizes outstanding KAB affiliates and their programs in litter prevention, beautification/community greening and waste reduction/recycling. Affiliate award winners deliver a more beautiful, cleaner and enhanced environment using new technologies, improved waste handling and public space stewardship in their programs over a 12-month period.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to Affiliates only

Click here to apply

Innovation Awards

Affiliate Innovation Award

Honors affiliate that have created new and innovative programs and partnerships to further the mission of Keep America Beautiful.  One winner is chosen for each focus area: Beautification/Community Greening, Waste Reduction/Recycling and Litter Prevention. 

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to Affiliates only

Click here to apply

State Affiliate Innovation Award

Salutes State affiliates that have created innovative programs and partnerships to further the mission of Keep America Beautiful in the three focus areas of Beautification/Community Greening, Waste Reduction/Recycling and Litter Prevention.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to State Leaders  only

Click here to apply

Creativity in Outreach & Media (COM) Awards*

Keep America Beautiful, the organization credited with producing one of the most successful public service advertising (PSA) campaigns in history, salutes advertising agencies, nonprofit organizations and Keep America Beautiful certified affiliates that have produced PSAs designed to effect positive change towards the environment.

 

*Formerly the Rogers Awards

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to Affiliates only

Click here to apply

Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) Awards

Acknowledges successful local implementation of the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to help communities reduce cigarette butt litter and improve their community environments. 

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to Affiliates only

Click here to apply

Great American Cleanup (GAC) Awards

Best GAC Activation

Recognizes affiliates that have created outstanding Great American Cleanup volunteer projects and activities focusing on improving community environments. Applications will be considered in three population categories.

Deadline Sept. 1

Open to Affiliates only

Click here to apply

GAC Innovation Award

Rewards affiliates that have created innovative and unique projects and activities as part of the Great American Cleanup program during the last 12 months. Applicants with projects and activities focusing on improving community environments will be considered in three population categories.

Deadline Sept. 1

Open to Affiliates only

Click here to apply

Best Statewide Promotion of the GAC

Salutes the State Affiliate that created the most innovative programs and partnerships in the past 12 months to promote participation in the Great American Cleanup throughout their state.

Deadline Sept. 1

Open to State Leaders only

Click here to apply

GAC/U.S. Department of Transportation Award

Awarded to State Departments of Transportation who contribute significantly to their state’s Great American Cleanup programs.

Deadline Sept. 1

Open to State Leaders only

Click here to apply

Leadership Awards

The Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award

Named after the recently-retired Director of Education and Affiliate Trainer for Keep America Beautiful, this award honors Affiliate Executive Directors who have built and sustained a local or state affiliate program with exceptional success.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to 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 Affiliates  only

Click here to apply

Affiliate Ambassador Award

Rewards outstanding Keep America Beautiful affiliates that go above and beyond their regular duties and reach out to their fellow affiliates to provide assistance as a peer and share best practices. These potential ambassadors are nominated by their affiliate peers. Created in recognition of Keep America Beautiful's 60th anniversary, the first Affiliate Ambassador will be recognized during the January 2013 National Conference.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to Affiliates only

Click here to apply

Achievement Awards

Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Award

Honors an outstanding woman for exceptional leadership in litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling and beautification/community greening activities. The award originated during a “Salute to Women in Beautification” program at Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in 1968, and commemorates the former first lady’s many litter prevention and beautification activities. Since 1968, more than 50 outstanding volunteer women have received this award.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click here to apply

Iron Eyes Cody Award

Salutes an outstanding male volunteer for exceptional leadership in raising public awareness about litter prevention, roadside and community beautification, solid waste issues, and the need for citizens to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resources and public lands. Since 1988, more than 20 men have been honored with this award.

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click here to apply

Young Professional Award

Keep America Beautiful will be presenting the first-ever KAB Young Professional Award at its 60th Anniversary National Conference to honor an outstanding volunteer under the age of 40. This exceptional man or woman will have demonstrated remarkable leadership and outreach in his or her community through work in the areas of litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling promotion and beautification/community greening. 

Deadline Oct. 1

Open to the public

Click here to apply