Keep America Beautiful Schools

The goal of Keep America Beautiful Schools is to provide schools with three easy-to-use educational programs that provide measurable results and are youth-driven.

The development of these programs provides consistent branding across Keep America Beautiful educational programs and will provide the opportunity to have all schools measuring education impacts in the same manner. The programs are user-friendly for all grade levels from elementary school through high school, and address the National STEM initiative.

Because these programs are designed to be youth-driven, they fit well with Keep America Beautiful's initiative to engage youth through the development of Youth Advisory Councils throughout the affiliate network. Most important, however, is to have educational programs that provide consistency in measuring impacts. The programs address litter prevention, solid waste and recycling, and beautification. All programs provide levels of participation so a school can commit as much or little of its time and resources as it feels comfortable. All programs fall under the Keep America Beautiful Schools certification.

KAB Schools Litter Free: Requires participation in the Great American Cleanup. The module measures changes in litter on school campuses after an awareness campaign, interventions, and participation in a cleanup.

KAB Schools investigating solid waste and recycling: Investigations to audit waste and find solutions to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The module measures cost savings and waste reduction after implementation of solutions identified by the audit. Participation in America Recycles Day and/or Recycle-Bowl is required.

KAB Schools creating beautiful spaces: A co-branded program with Texas A&M Forest Service to design and create tree trails across America. This module documents and measures environmental and economic benefits of trees, and will track volunteer hours related to planting and maintenance of the trees on each trail. Includes a litter survey to track behavior change and an optional geocaching activity to engage communities at large.

For more information, including step-by-step instructions on the three program modules, please see the Youth Initiatives Guide.

To become a Keep America Beautiful Certified School:

A school must implement all three Keep America Beautiful Schools programs and submit simple reports; recertification is annual. Schools receive a Keep America Beautiful Youth Initiatives flag and certificate.