Top 25 Ways for Your Chapter to Improve Your Community
Here are 25 ways for your Phi Theta Kappa chapter to improve your community, whether on your own or with a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate. In addition to these tips, we have new campus activities you can download here. You can also download a MSWord version of this list here.
- Make a personal commitment to not litter and encourage others to do the same. Invite a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate representative to speak at your college.
- Volunteer your time at a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate office or apply for an internship.
- Organize a litter-free event at a campus or community function.
- Organize a paint-up, fix-up or clean-up activity for an elderly or disabled person's home.
- Organize a “Clothes Collection” on campus and donate clothes to a local Goodwill or other appropriate organization.
- Recycle your unused cell phone and used inkjet cartridges.
- Find out what your community is doing for Earth Day and see how you can get involved. Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22nd.
- Help plant and maintain green spaces in your community.
- Bring your own canvas bags instead of using a paper or plastic bag to shop.
- Try to avoid products with excess packaging (check to see if they’re packaged in either #1 or #2 plastic packaging, for they are more easily recyclable and accepted).
- Pick up a piece of litter every day and carry around a zip-lock bag to put it in for later disposal.
- Ask the public works department or parks department if your college can adopt a street, median, park or other area and pledge to keep it clean for one year.
- Dispose of used motor oil properly. Don't dump it on the ground or in a drain.
- Encourage the campus restaurant, cafeteria and administration of your school to recycle.
- Conduct a public awareness campaign on an environmental issue of concern to your community such as graffiti, litter prevention or recycling.
- Reclaim a vacant lot and create a community garden or liberty garden, check with local authorities first.
- Help your library establish an environmental corner that offers books and other educational materials about taking care of the environment.
- Organize a community clean-up, a graffiti paint-out or a mural project to cover a wall plagued with graffiti.
- If you smoke, carry a pocket ashtray instead of throwing your cigarette butts on the ground. Encourage others to do the same. Cigarette butts are litter too and are not recyclable; they are harmful to the environment, clog storm drains and are not digestible by animals.
- Participate in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup™ which runs from March through May; visit www.kab.org, and click on “programs,” to be linked to the GAC. Contact your local affiliate to participate in your community or click on the link, “how to volunteer.”
- Stay informed and know what is recyclable. Recycle all the materials accepted in your local recycling program. Many communities recycle materials such as paper, magazines, newspaper, aluminum, glass, batteries, steel cans, and plastic bottles.
- Fix a leaky faucet. A steady drip can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day.
- For more great ideas, visit the Keep America Beautiful website at www.kab.org, Earth 911 http://earth911.com/.
- Register to receive Keep America Beautiful’s e-newsletter, “Community Matters,” at www.kab.org
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