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WHO WE ARE

Keep the Rez Beautiful (KRB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to litter cleanup, litter prevention, and beautification of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Formed in 2010, KRB is part of the Keep Mississippi Beautiful (KMB) and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) networks. KRB is the nation’s first affiliate to focus on a reservoir. KRB is in need of community partners and volunteers to realize its mission.

KRB’s success lies in the collaboration between citizens, businesses, public officials, and civic leaders all working together. KRB has won many numerous awards, including the William Nash Award, the top award that KAB gives to affiliates three years or younger in 2014. KRB funds projects through grants and leveraging local support. Waste Management, Lowe’s, UPS and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality are among K RB’s biggest supporters.

WHAT WE DO

KRB works to define litter, identify litter sources, understand why people litter, reduce litter by changing behavior, organize clean-ups and educate on proper handling of waste.

KRB believes that improving our community starts with our children. KRB wants to work with students to clean up the Reservoir and teach them about the importance of being stewards of the environment.

KRB aims to improve the visual aspects of our community through programs that beautify the environment, including community gardens, restoration of vacant lots, highway and shoreline beautification , urban forests, native and wild flower plantings and graffiti abatement. 

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AWARDS

1. Officially certified as an Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful - May 6, 2011

2. Keep America Beautiful Standards of Excellence President's Circle Recognition Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023.

3. Keep Mississippi Beautiful Circle of Excellence 2012 - 2023

4. Keep America Beautiful 2011 Innovation Award - Project Rezway

5. Keep America Beautiful 2013 William Nash Award for excellence in the implementation of the Keep America Beautiful in KRB's first three years.

6. Keep America Beautiful Great American Clean Up Award National Award for GAC Innovation

 

7. Mississippi Recycling Coalition Hero Award Non Profit Organization Recycler of the Year 2015

8. Keep Mississippi Beautiful "Pat Fordice Award"  Jeannine May 2015

9.Keep Mississippi Beautiful 1st Place KMB Affiliate 2015

10. Keep Mississippi Beautiful  1st Place 2016 Affiliate Award "Pollinators Forever" - Beautification Project

11. Keep Mississippi Beautiful 2019 3rd Place Affiliate Award - Beautification/Litter Project

12. Keep Mississippi Beautiful 2020 First Place Affiliate pop 25,001-50,000 

12. Keep Mississippi Beautiful 2021 Affiliate Award pop 25,001-50,000

13.  Keep America Beautiful 2022 Innovation Award - USDA Outreach Projects- Braille Trail - Reservoir Botanical Gardens and other beautification projects. 

14. Keep America Beautiful  2018 Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award Jeannine May for exemplary contributions to the Keep America Beautiful Network   

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