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2017 Keep Nebraska Beautiful Environmental Awards
The Keep Nebraska Beautiful Awards will be based on all environmental projects completed between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. The 2017 KNB Awards applications are due June 30, 2017. Download the 2017 Keep Nebraska Beautiful Environmental Awards application here.
Entry Procedure Keep America Beautiful Awards
Judging of Entries Important Note
Return of Entries Organizing Entries
Deadline Summary Suggestions
Award Categories

Entry Procedure
Judging of Entries
An independent panel of judges will choose the winners. First Place, Second Place and an Award of Excellence will be awarded for each category. First and second place winners will receive plaques and Award of Excellence winners will receive framed certificates. Cash awards will be given to the First Place award winners in those categories so indicated.
Return of Entries
Your award entry notebooks will be available for you to pick up immediately following the awards program. They can also be picked up at the Keep Nebraska Beautiful office in Lincoln any time following the Awards Luncheon. Include $6.00 with the entry if they are to be returned by mail.
Deadline
All entries must be postmarked by June 30 2017. Please call Keep Nebraska Beautiful at (402) 486-4562 if you have any questions.
Award Categories
Deanie Anderson Community Environmental Award; Non-Profit/Civic Award; Grow Big Red Award; Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award; Youth Group/School Award; Business/Industry Award; Great American Cleanup Award; School Recycling Award. For more information about each category, click here.
Keep America Beautiful Awards
It is our hope that the award winners will enter the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards program. KAB Awards are given at the KAB National Conference in January, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Contact Keep Nebraska Beautiful for details or check the Keep America Beautiful web site.
Important Note
Every Nebraska community may enter the Deanie Anderson Community Environmental Award Category, but are limited to entering only two of the other categories. In this way, we hope to recognize several different communities, individuals, groups, businesses and industries, etc.
Organizing Entries
  • Clear plastic sleeves inside the binder are an ideal way to display your summary and supplemental materials.
  • Include any supplemental materials and document the facts or statistics in your written summary.
  • Include any materials that demonstrate activity with your local KAB System affiliate.
  • Include any materials that demonstrate activity with local volunteers.
  • Include press clippings or other printed material about your program/project.
  • Include photographs, brochures or copies of any original material.
Writing Your Summary
The following are guidelines to use for writing your summary. Type the name of your group, school, etc. in the top right-hand corner of the first page. Type your city on the second line and the category you are entering on a third line.

Outline your accomplishments using the guideline statements listed below. This is the most important part of your entry, and is read carefully by the judges. Summaries must be typed and answers must be numbered to match the guideline statements. Use no less than .75 inch top, bottom and side margins on standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper with a type size no smaller than an 12-point font.
  1. Execution of Program: Describe your project/program. What activities were involved? Please indicate what part of the project/program you or your group were responsible for (i.e., recruited and trained all volunteers, obtained in-kind donations from local businesses, etc.) It is crucial for the judges to know the # of volunteers and # of volunteer hours for the activity. If you worked as a partner with other entities, please explain what you or your group's responsibility to the project was. If you are entering the business/industry category, please indicate the number of employees. If you are entering the youth group/school or school recycling categories, please include the number of students enrolled at the school as well as the number of students participating in the activities you include.
  2. Litter Prevention: If the project was a litter prevention activity, describe how it promoted litter prevention in your community to change attitudes and behaviors. List your partners and describe their level of involvement in your activities. Describe how you plan to sustain the program/project.
  3. Beautification and Community Improvement: If the project was a beautification and community improvement project, describe how your activities motivated the residents of your community and explain the sustainability of your activities. List your partners and describe their level of involvement in your activities.
  4. Minimization of the Impact of Waste (waste reduction through reuse, recycling, etc.) on Communities: If the project was a waste reduction, reuse or recycling activity, describe how it promoted responsible waste handling in your community. Include relevant statistics. Schools entering the School Recycling category must include the pounds of each material recycled. List your partners and describe their level of involvement in your activities.
  5. Results: What are the results (#volunteers, # volunteer hours, lbs of litter and debris collected, lbs. of recycled material, # trees planted, # flowers planted, other results and descriptions of what your program(s)/project(s) achieved.
  6. Budget, Impact and Community Involvement: What was your budget? Describe the cost of doing the project including any in-kind and cash donations and a general description of who contributed.
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