Submission closes: October 15, 2019 11:59 PM

Instructions for completing nomination:

Thank you for taking the time to recognize outstanding individuals and/or organizations by nominating them for an award. In this form, Keep America Beautiful asks you to provide information about the nominee and why you believe the nominee is deserving of the award.

We provide guidelines in the "Written Responses" section about the length of responses. Applications that do not follow length requirements may be disqualified.

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Keep America Beautiful is the iconic national nonprofit organization that inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.  We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

The Keep America Beautiful Innovation Award salutes affiliates that have created innovative partnerships and programs to further the mission of Keep America Beautiful.  Partnerships and programs that work to:
  • End Littering
  • Improve Recycling
  • Beautify America's Communities

The Innovation Awards are intended to honor true innovation. These are unique ideas or methods and/or creative or non-traditional approaches to solving challenges. The Innovation Awards are not intended to recognize overall organizational achievements but, instead, new approaches that help facilitate growth within an organization.  An innovative partnership or program may be original in concept or may be the development of novel and different methods of established partnerships or programs.

  • Partnership: A distinct collaborative relationship with an outside partner that benefits your community in an innovative fashion.
  • Program: An original approach to a community issue that your action successfully addressed. 

Applicants and nominees will be scored in the following categories:

  • Innovation of the partnership or program
  • Execution methods and techniques used
  • Relationships and partnerships that were involved
  • Use of the Keep America Beautiful Behavior Change System:
    • 5 step management process
    • 4 behavior strategies
  • Whether the partnership or program can be replicated
  • Winners will be selected by a volunteer panel of current and past members of the affiliate network, Keep America Beautiful leaders, and when applicable Keep America Beautiful national staff. 
  • One winner may be selected in each category (Partnership and Program).  
  • Keep America Beautiful reserves the right to not award in one or both categories.  
  • Winners may also be selected on the basis of other 2019 Keep America Beautiful Awards applications that include innovation
  • Winners may be selected at the discretion of Keep America Beautiful staff. 
  • Applications or nominees from affiliates who are not in Good Standing with Keep America Beautiful will not be considered. 
  • Judges may request additional materials. 
  • All winners will be notified by Dec. 15, 2019. 
  • Awards will be presented at Keep America Beautiful's National Conference
    • February 12 - 14, 2020 in Memphis, TN.

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* 1. Which Innovation Award category are you applying for?

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* 2. How should the name appear on the award, if selected? 
*Please ensure proper spelling.  Your submission to this question will be used in the KAB National Awards Program Booklet and on your award.