Keep Nebraska Beautiful


    Environmental Awards Dinner

     On Thursday, September 29, 2022, Keep Nebraska Beautiful will once again be honoring local communities in eight categories.

    The Deanie Anderson Community Environmental Award

    A $100 award will be presented to a community for overall environmental efforts (litter/waste reduction, recycling, beautification, public awareness, education, etc.) The award honors the late Deanie Anderson who served 26 years as President of KNB. There will be awards presented to communities in each population category:

    Less than 2,500
    Over 10,000

    Jane Polson Beautification Award

    A plaque and a $50 award will be presented to an individual or group who has enhanced their community through beautification efforts of any kind; including planting, painting, repairing, or another beautification activity. This award is in honor of Jane Polson, a longtime President/CEO of Keep Nebraska Beautiful.

    Youth Group / School Award

    A plaque and a $50 award will be presented recognize youth group or school efforts in promoting litter/waste reduction, beautification, & recycling. There will be awards given in Elementary (K-5) and Secondary (6-12).

    Business / Industry Award

    A plaque will be presented to a business who has completed substantial efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle..

    School Recycling Award

    A $50 award and plaque will be given to recognize school recycling efforts. (Must include the number of pounds of each material recycled for the 2021-22 school year).

    Great American Cleanup™ Award

    A plaque and a $50 award will be presented to a community, school, civic or other group for outstanding cleanup, beautification, recycling, and education efforts during the Great American Cleanup™.

    Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Awards

    Local Keep America Beautiful Affiliates will be honored with gold, silver, or bronze level achievement awards..

    Civic/Non-Profit Organization Award

    A $50 award and plaque will be presented to a nonprofit or community organization for its environmental programs in litter reduction, beautification, recycling & waste reduction.

    Submit your community’s or organization’s environmental projects that have been completed between

    October 1, 2021 – June 30th, 2022.

    Ready To Apply?

    Applications must be recieved by September 1st, 2022

    Affiliates, Apply Here!

    Applications must be recieved by September 1st, 2022

    2021 KNB Environmental Award Winners


    Deanie Anderson Community Environmental Award

    Communities 2,500 – 10,000

    1. Keith County ✨
    2. City of Seward

    Communities under 2,500

    1. Village of Petersburg ✨
    2. Village of Hoskins

    Youth Group / School Award

    Elementary (K-5)

    1. Trinity Lutheran School ✨

    Secondary (6-12)

    1. Howells-Dodge FCCLA Chapter ✨
    2. Seward FCCLA

    Jane Polson Beautification Award

    1. Papillion Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council ✨
    2. Village of Hoskins

    Civic/Non-Profit Organization Award

    1. GFWC Seward Woman’s Club ✨

    School Recycling Award

    1. Ogallala Public Schools ✨
    2. Howells-Dodge FCCLA

    Great American Cleanup™ Award

    1. Village of Petersburg ✨
    2. City of Seward

    Thanks to our Nebraska Community Members!

    Even through an unprecedented year, we have seen our affiliates and community partners accomplish amazing things!
    We are excited to recognize and celebrate all you have accomplished this year. 

    Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award

    Not a competition, these awards reflect a level of achievement reached by local Keep America Beautiful Affiliates

    Gold Level Awards:

    Keep Cass County Beautiful
    Keep Chadron Beautiful
    Keep Fremont Beautiful
    Keep Keith County Beautiful
    Keep Nebraska City Beautiful
    Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful
    Keep Scottsbluff/Gering Beautiful

    Below are pictured a few of our amazing award winners from 2020!