Category Archives: Being green

CITY OF PEARLAND AND KEEP PEARLAND BEAUTIFUL HOST 20TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

ShowImage (1)Join the City of Pearland and Keep Pearland Beautiful for a free and fun event to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is being held at the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road. Free parking and complimentary shuttles available from Turner Career and College High School, 4717 Bailey Road.

There will be activities for the kids, local food vendors, outdoor yoga, the Zoo-mobile, and information about ways you can be a part of the solution and reduce your carbon footprint. Vendors will be on hand with information about services and products that can help your family live healthier and sustainably, while saving money and conserving natural resources. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of the fun and help make a difference in our community and for the environment!

“Through events like Earth Day, the City of Pearland and Keep Pearland Beautiful are able to educate the community on the importance of taking care of our Earth and developing and maintaining good conservation habits,” said Chris Orlea, City of Pearland Parks & Recreation Director.

For more information on this event or other City of Pearland Parks and Recreation events, visit pearlandparks.com.

Capital Bank wins Business Beautification Award

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Representatives of Capital Bank East Pearland (L-R): Julie Garza, Mary Teutsch, Cindy Partida, Sherry Cooley and Dianna Watson recently accepted KPB Award

The April 2016 Keep Pearland Beautiful Business Beautification Award was recently awarded to Capital Bank East Pearland on Broadway.

Capital bank has a history of maintaining a colorful landscaping.  They have recently changed out their flowering plants to sun loving begonias.

A committee made up of board members, volunteers and staff members nominates establishments with good landscaping practices that improve the appearance of our community.

KPB runs this program with the support of businesses like ADDI Printing & Promotions LLC.  If you wish to help sponsor this program and have your logo put on our sign please call our office at 281-652-1659.  Learn more about KPB programs on our website: www.mykpb.org.

Migration Celebration focuses on the joy of nature

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Pet an alligator at Migration Celebration!

Come experience the sights, sounds, and the joys of nature all for free. Watch the “Birds of Prey” program and witness a Peregrine Falcon soaring above then diving at speeds in excess of 150 mph toward its prey. You can catch a fish in a stocked pond, touch sea creatures, pet an alligator, a snake, or a turtle. Let a butterfly land on your nose in the butterfly tent. Net insects in tall grass, or view critters under a microscope. Target practice with a bow and arrow or a BB gun. These are just a few of the free family-friendly activities you can see and do April 16 and 17 at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge during the annual Migration Celebration festival.

Other activities include an open wagon tour along the ponds or a marsh buggy ride through a swampy section of the refuge. Experienced naturalists lead each trip. Visitors may see alligators, bobcats, deer, and several bird species including grebes, herons, egrets, gallinules, and any number of migrating species heading north. Walk along a trail through a hardwood forest to see Texas’ largest live oak tree. Kids 12 to 92 can kayak in a bayou.

The exhibition building will feature the nature photo contest entries, Junior Duck Stamp entries, a children’s art table, our nature store, a bake sale, food service, and exhibits from many local and regional conservation education groups. For free family adventure visit the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge April 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or April 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and see what this amazing refuge has to offer.

Migration Celebration is sponsored by the Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and supported by the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. For more information, event schedules, and directions to Migration Celebration visit www.MigrationCelebration.org.

Keep Pearland Beautiful Monthly Newsletter

Keep Pearland Beautiful continues to highlight it’s award winning programs. In March 2016 KPB will be completing the annual Community Appearance Index, hosting the Spring Plant Sale and completing a beautification project at the new Nature Trails!

Community Appearance Index

March 5, 2016 from 12:00-4:00 PM at Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia

The Community Appearance Index (CAI) is a tool designed by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to visually assess the overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned/junk vehicles and outside storage.  A team of community, business and government representatives conduct the visual analysis using a scoring system ranging from 1-4, with “1” being the best to “4” being the worst.

The Litter Index for Pearland rated a 1.464 in 2015 and has consistently rated below 2 since 2011.  KPB will host lunch and orientation at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center March 5 at 12 PM.  Afterwards we will pile into the stylish community service van to conduct the survey.  Please consider joining us on March 5th to analyze Pearland’s overall appearance.  If you think of anyone else that might be interested, please forward them the information and email us at info@mykpb.org.

Recycle Runway Fashion Program and Show

  • Deadline for Registration has been extended to March 11, 2016
  • Orientation and workshop March 9, 2016 at 5:30PM at Stella Roberts Recycling Center

Introducing the second Keep Pearland Beautiful Recycle Runway Fashion Show Program, a project that promotes resource conservation through the creation of fashion from what otherwise would be waste. Runway Show will be held at the Pearland Earth Day Celebration April 23, 2016, 11PM-12PM at the Pearland Recreation Center (4141 Bailey Rd, Pearland, TX 77584).

For more details and program rules check here:

Recycle Runway Program Description and Program Guide

Free Garden Lecture


March 10, 2016 7:00 PM at the Pearland Recreation Center Multipurpose Room, 4141 Bailey Rd.

Keep Pearland Beautiful, the City of Pearland and the Brazoria County Master Gardeners are proud to be hosting a series of free monthly lectures on a variety of gardening and yard care topics. These lectures are on the second Thursday of every month.  March 10, 2016 the garden lecture is on pruning shrubs and trees.

Spring Plant Sale

March 12, 2016 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Pearland Farmers Market, Zychlinski Park, 2243 N. Grand Blvd. 
Celebrate Environmental Awareness Day and make your backyard and front yard more beautiful by purchasing and growing your own vegetables, herbs and flowering plants (native and adaptive and butterfly garden plants) from Keep Pearland Beautiful.

Visit KPB booth at HEB Plus!

 
March 13, 2016 Noon – 4:00PM at HEB Plus!, 2805 Business Center Dr.
 
KPB’s mascot Peary the Partridge and KPB volunteers will be at the HEB Plus!  Make sure to Visit Peary and our volunteers as they encourage Pearland citizens to recycle right and take care of their garbage responsibly.   Spin the KPB wheel to win a chance to answer a question about solid waste services in Pearland and maybe you will win a prize!

Don’t Mess with Texas Spring Trash Off

April 2, 2016 Pick Up Supplies and Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia

Join hundreds of Keep Pearland Beautiful volunteers to pick up litter all over Pearland. Families, friends, organized civic groups, scouts and students of different ages will be helping to clean our city.  If you and your family / friends would like to participate please contact Lenora.

Email Lenora about the Trash Off

KPB Awarded Dow Grant

Keep Pearland Beautiful has been awarded the Dow Propel to Excel grant through Keep America Beautiful.  The grant includes $20,000 for a beautification project and 200+ Dow employee’s volunteering on March 19, 2016. This grant will be used to plant trees at the newly constructed Nature Trails at the John Hargrove Environmental Complex.

Pictured: Andrew Miller Executive Director at KPB receives the Affiliate Award of Excellence from KAB’s President & CEO Jennifer Jehn.

Affiliate Award of Excellence

Receiving the Affiliate Award of Excellence and Presidents Circle Award in February from Keep America Beautiful serves as a thank you to our volunteers, members, board of directors and staff. Thank you to all those who helped make 2015 a huge success!

FREE Garden Lecture Feb. 13

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Come taste fresh fruit and learn how to choose the best type of fruit tree for your yard at January’s Garden Lecture, brought to you by Keep Pearland Beautiful, the City of Pearland, & Brazoria Country Master Gardeners.

Tree Recycling Information from KPB

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Christmas Tree Recycling is important. Please help us keep Christmas Trees out of the landfill. Follow these simple steps:

  • remove all flocking, lights, tinsel, ornaments and the stand
  • Check for more information about drop off locations at www.mykpb.org

KPB Arbor Day Celebration Nov. 14

12185254_10153221613284849_6630371944334940207_oTrees are important oxygen producers, help provide energy saving shade and the presence of trees positively impacts our psychological well-being. Each year Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) celebrates Arbor Day along with the rest of Texas. This year’s Arbor Day celebration is on November 14, 2015 from 8:00AM to noon Zychlinski Park. At this event KPB will be giving away 2 tree seedlings to Pearland residents (until supplies run out).

Keep Pearland Beautiful will have native pecan, eastern redbud, Mexican white oak, and two different varieties of vitex (Arbor Day Tree Guide 2015). Each Pearland household will receive 2 tree seedlings (can be two of the same or two different seedlings). These seedlings should be planted in a gallon or larger container for its first few years. This will allow the seedlings to be nurtured and grow in a safe environment.

Make sure to save the date and come out to this year’s  Arbor Day Celebration. Pearland will benefit from more trees in multiple ways. First, people are attracted to a community with beautiful landscaping that includes trees for shade.  Second, in city urban spaces and your own neighborhood a thriving tree canopy is important to keeping temperatures down in the summer.  Planting trees around your home increase the energy efficiency of your air conditioner in the summer months. And finally, everyone benefits psychologically from having green spaces with trees. For more information about trees and Keep Pearland Beautiful visit www.mykpb.org.

Fall Community Litter Clean Up a success

PRESS RELEASE

IMG_0864The weather Saturday September 12, 2015 was perfect for the Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) Fall Community Litter Clean Up. Several groups and families made it out to breakfast before heading out to pick up litter all over Pearland!

KPB will have final counts in a few weeks after everyone completes their wrap up reports.

For more information on how you can help KPB and make Pearland the cleanest and most beautiful city in Texas visit www.mykpb.org or call the KPB office 281-652-1659.

KPB Fall Community Litter Cleanup Sept. 12

Do you have plans for Saturday morning? Come eat breakfast and have a great workout while helping us clean up litter in Pearland! Meet us in Independence Park for breakfast from 7:30AM – 9:30AM September 12, 2015 and then head out to pick up litter on the streets of Pearland!

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Inaugural Keep Pearland Beautiful Gardening Expo is a Hit!

A girl visiting the Brazoria  County Beekeepers Booth checks out a bottle of honey at the Keep Pearland Beautiful Gardening Expo on August 27, 2015.

A girl visiting the Brazoria
County Beekeepers Booth checks out a bottle of honey at the Keep Pearland Beautiful Gardening Expo on August 27, 2015.

On August 27, 2015 Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) held its first Gardening Expo to celebrate National Planting Day Celebration. The forty participants at this event learned about gardening and yard care by visiting with the vendors and participating in hands-on activities.

Pearland Lions Club sponsored the event by donating the use of their building. Brazoria County Beekeepers Association, HEB, Keep Pearland Beautiful, Native Plant Society of Houston, Sweet Organics, Sprouts, and Pearland Community Garden, and Pearland Old Townsite Farmer’s Market had educational booths at the event.  Children and adults alike were encouraged to make edible compost, seed paper, wildflower seed bombs and plant some popcorn in a cup.

KPB Board President Cassie Mitchel said, “I am pleased with this year’s Gardening Expo!  Even with both the Pearland High School football game and the Pearland Little League baseball game happening at the same time, folks came out to learn more about native plants and fall gardening.”

Three years ago, Keep America Beautiful started National Planting Day to celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. With a national focus on September 12, 2015 and activities happening throughout the Fall, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates and its partners are mobilizing Americans to plant native species of trees, flowers, and plants and make America more “Bee-utiful.”

Native species are losing ground to suburbanization, fragmented habitats, ornamental plants and invasive species. Yet we know that natives are critical to attracting specialized pollinators and insects, which in turn provide food for birds and ultimately many more animals up the food chain. Natives also provide habitat for wildlife. Natives are hardy, low maintenance and require less water than other ornamentals.

A reliable reference website about native plants is American Beauties Native Plants and for Texas the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower is a great resource https://www.wildflower.org/.

The next National Planting Day event for Keep Pearland Beautiful is a native planting event in our Yardwise Demonstration Garden on Tuesday October 14, 2015 at 9:00AM.  Call 281-652-1779 or visit www.mykpb.org to learn more about the planting event and the Yardwise Garden.