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Happy Pollinator Week!

Here at KDB we are excited to celebrate our City’s pollinators! Thirteen years ago, the U.S. Senate designated one week in June to be National Pollinator Week. Since then, the week recognizing the importance of these hardworking fauna in our ecosystems has become an international celebration.

The City of Denton Sustainability Division has worked hard to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and the City became a certified a Monarch City USA in 2016 and a Bee City USA in 2018. If you are wondering how you can help contribute to a pollinator friendly environment, Sarah Luxton, Sustainability Coordinator recommends, "A great way to support pollinators is to plant native species." For more information, visit the City’s Pollinator Awareness page.

Fun Fact: About 75% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators with over 200,000 species of animals acting as pollinators. Of those, about 1,000 are hummingbirds, bats, and small mammals. The rest are insects such as beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies, and moths.
(Pollinator Partnership, Pollination Fast Facts, www.pollinator.org)

Photo Credits:
- Bug Hotel, courtesy Sarah Luxton, City of Denton Sustainability Division
- Winecup, courtesy Beverly McClure, Yard of the Month Judge
- Yard of the Month winning yard

Congratulations KDB + YOU Film Contest Award Winners!

Keep Denton Beautiful's Special Projects Committee is pleased to showcase the award winning films from our inaugural KDB + YOU Film Contest.

The contest engaged local students with the mission of KDB, to create a clean and beautiful Denton, while tapping into the creative Dentonite spirit. Winning films were awarded a $50 cash prize and an honorable mention was also given. We hope you enjoy!

Award Recipients

Keep Denton Beautiful by Oskar Shields

Yard Wars!

Honorable Mention

Mother Nature VS Garbage Man

Keep Denton Beautiful by Oskar Shields

Credits
  • Oskar Shields: Director; Writer; Producer; Key Cast

Yard Wars!

Credits:
  • Noah Waddell: Director; Cast - Neighbor 1
  • Melody Henry: Director; Editor
  • Cooper Clark: Cast - Neighbor 2
  • Katelyn Stone: Cast - Little Girl; Camera
  • Beckie Mason: Cast - Neighbor 3
  • Alexis Morino: Sound Op
  • Ania Mangwiro: Camera
  • Cindy Tran: Camera

Mother Nature VS Garbage Man

Credits:
  • Lorenzo Cañizares: Director; Writer; Producer; Cast - Invisible Woman
  • Bea Cañizares: Cast - Mother Nature/ Girl
  • Emma Campbell: Cast - Mother Nature
  • Jaxon Hess: Cast - Garbage Man, Invisible Woman

Give Back The Dentonite Way!

 

As the year comes to an end, we reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a vibrant city full of opportunity. There are many ways to support our neighbors, and we are excited to share the ideas we have cultivated to give back and minimize environment impact all while supporting our local economy!

Give Back

You guessed it – we’re number one on the list! Keep Denton Beautiful has a variety of ways for you to get involved from garden workdays to litter cleanups. The Meetup Cleanup program – a one-time cleanup opportunity where you choose the date and time, and we provide the location and supplies – is a great way to check us out. Last year, over 2 tons of trash were removed from our city through this cleanup program alone!

Did you know the Denton Parks Foundation offers scholarships to provide access to recreational opportunities and low-cost childcare? For those who are passionate about children and parks and rec, donating to Parks Foundation scholarships is a win-win!

Minimize Environmental Impact

Gift Experiences – think a gift card to a favorite restaurant, session pass to a yoga class, tickets to a show at Dan’s Silverleaf, or a VIP pass to the upcoming Denton Black Film Festival. Experiences make great last-minute gifts, minimize packaging, and ensure you get to spend time with your loved one, too!

Recycle – There are many ways to reuse items that are often thrown away, especially after a generous holiday season. From arts and crafts to eyeglasses and books, we’ve got you covered!

  1. SCRAP Denton accepts SO MANY different types of items that can be re-imagined by their new owner. Check out their user-friendly guide to what SCRAP is currently accepting.
  2. The Denton Hi Noon Lions collect and recycle used eye glasses of all sizes and styles. For a list of drop-off locations visit their website.
  3. Linda McNatt Animal Shelter accepts used towels and blankets. Keep our furry friends comfortable while they wait to join their perfect family.
  4. Denton Libraries take donations of used materials such as books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. Visit their website for complete details.
  5. Thrift Stores – Denton has a few options to support local organizations while recycling used items. A few locations to consider: Upscale Resale benefiting Denton County Friends of the family; Ruth’s Room in support of Habitat for Humanity of Denton County; Twice As Nice Resale helping Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center.

Local Economy

Gifting experiences not only minimizes the potential for items already in our homes to be discarded, but also supports the local economy! Shopping local is a great way to support your neighbors. You can make your own creation by purchasing supplies at SCRAP Denton or enjoy locally made wares sold at The DIME Store, Denton Community Market, and craft fairs – check out local churches and high schools.