NEW! KMB Kids

You’re never too young to start caring for the planet. Here are environmental activities for kids that help them learn about the earth, including eco-friendly DIY projects, word finds, coloring pages and more. Kids, please get permission before trying these activities or projects on your own.  Whether you’re young or just young at heart, learn or try something new about our amazing planet!  To find great games and activities, KMB Kids at the top of the page. 

Summer is here! Let's Take Care of Texas in the Sun!

As the school year ends and the summer travel season begins, it is important to travel eco-friendly. Whether you are taking a hike at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, flying to a tropical destination, or taking a road trip, there are simple changes that can make a huge impact on the environment.

Transportation Tips

  • Avoid idling if you’re taking a road trip. Save gas by turning off your vehicle when you need to make a stop. Idling longer than 30 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
  • Remember to service your vehicle regularly and properly inflate your tires to improve gas mileage and ensure safety on the road.
  • Take direct flights when flying and pack light, when possible, to reduce emissions.

Accommodations Tips

  • Reuse towels and bed sheets. Ask your accommodation's housekeeping not to wash your towels and bed sheets daily to help save water and energy.
  • Return plastic key cards when you check out. Many accommodations deactivate, sanitize, and reuse plastic keys. It can take plastic hundreds of years to decompose when sent to the landfill!
  • Turn off the lights and turn down the climate control settings when leaving your room for the day to reduce energy consumption.

Outdoor Tips

  • Follow ‘Leave No Trace’ protocols. This means that whatever you bring in with you should be brought back out with you, including all food and trash. Follow park rules. These rules are in place to keep our state parks beautiful and enjoyable for everyone.
  • If you are washing dishes or your body outside, use biodegradable products to avoid altering the natural state of the area.
  • Use flashlights and electronics with rechargeable batteries. When they run out of juice, be sure to properly recycle old batteries.

Beach Tips

  • Use reef-safe sunscreen. When choosing a sunscreen, avoid ingredients that are harmful to marine life, such as Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, and Octocrylene. These ingredients can harm sea wildlife and the ecosystems of the beach.
  • Utilize waste and recycle bins. Litter can blow into the Gulf of Mexico, which can be harmful to sea animals.
  • Do not disturb wildlife and biodiversity. This means leaving shells, animals, and plants be.
  • Pack reusable bags for shopping at the local flea market, farmers market, or shopping malls.
  • Fill reusable water bottles for drinks to decrease single-use plastic and create less waste.
  • Put health and beauty products in reusable travel-size containers instead of buying new products for each trip to reduce plastic consumption.

Clue Crew Club

Join KMB at Centennial Park on Thursday, June 13th for the most fun a kid can have with a empty plastic water bottle! It's papermaking time with the Clue Crew Club! Please come out and get a free t-shirt and activity book to be part of the Clue Crew Club - and if you already have a shirt be sure to wear it! See you there from 9 am to 10 am on Thursday, 6/13.

Congratulations to the Keep Midland Beautiful award recipients, Cadi Gillette, Austin Underwood, Diamondback Energy and Bryan and Heather Garvin. Also, a huge thank you to everyone that joined us and helped make this event amazing. 05/16/22

    Water Wisdom

     

    Water Wise Around The Yard

    The greatest waste of water results from applying it too rapidly or too often to lawns and gardens.  Water applied too rapidly is lost as runoff, which may carry polluting fertilizers and pesticides into streams and lakes.  The cycle and soak method is best for reducing runoff and making sure your lawn and garden get the moisture it needs to thrive.  For this method, water is applied in multiple shorter cycles. This allows the water to soak into the soil before running off, promoting deeper roots and healthier plants.

    • Water lawns only when needed.
    • Use native or adapted plants that do well on little water.
    • Mulch plants to hold in moisture and limit weed growth
    • Install efficient irrigation systems.
    • Use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants.
    • Water lawns during the early morning or evening hours.
    • Never water on windy days.
    • Make sure that sprinkler heads are properly adjusted to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways.

    Xeriscaping is a comprehensive approach to landscape design that accounts for microclimate and soil conditions on the site to create a sustainable solution.  There are 7 basic principles to help you create a beautiful, sustainable landscape. To read more about how to apply these principles to your home, be sure to check out this article from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

    • Planning and Design
    • Soil Analysis
    • Practical Turf Areas
    • Appropriate Plant Selection
    • Efficient Irrigation
    • Use of mulches
    • Appropriate Maintenance

    Volunteer Park

    The Keep Midland Beautification Committee rededicated Volunteer Park, located at 900 N. Big Spring Street, on July 17th, 2019. They worked on "refreshing" the park for several months, including a new mural featuring an oil rig, downtown Midland and former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

    Join Us!

     
    Welcome to Keep Midland Beautiful's home on the web!  
     
     
    Our goal is to empower you with the tools and knowledge you need to help keep our community clean, vibrant, and beautiful! This site is your resource for all things related to litter prevention, beautification, and waste management in Midland, Texas. 

    We are a Non-Profit 501(c)3 that works closely with the City of Midland on programs that promote a beautiful Midland. 

    In addition, you can learn more about KMB and what we do, as well as get started with becoming a part of our mission.  
     
    Our mission is to educate and inspire our community to take action to create a clean, beautiful, and waste-free Midland. 
     
    With all of us acting together, we can ensure that we have a beautiful community for years to come. We hope you will join us in keeping Midland beautiful!

    Upcoming Events

    Great American Cleanup/Don't Mess With Texas Trashoff

    ☆☆☆ March 1st - May 31st, 2022
    ☆☆☆ Anytime
    ☆☆☆ Your choice of location or we can help

    Great American Cleanup/Don't Mess with Texas Trash-off is the 24th Annual Spring Community Cleanup Event which is held in cooperation with Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, and Texas Department of Transportation. Registered participants will receive all the supplies needed for the event.

    Sign up by March 21st, 2022 to be guaranteed your FREE KMB T-shirt!

    KMB Awards Ceremony

    ☆☆☆ May 16th, 2022
    ☆☆☆ 6:30pm Cocktail Hour; 7:30pm Awards Begin
    ☆☆☆ ACM Sculpture Garden

    Keep Midland Beautiful is having an awards ceremony this summer and *YOU* are invited to help us celebrate our awardees.

    Tickets available soon!

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    3500 N A St Ste 1500  •  Midland, TX 79705
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