Keep Carbondale Beautiful actively encourages beautification of residences and businesses through the Bright Spot Award and the Tree Sale. Beautification makes Carbondale more welcoming to prospective home-buyers and businesses and is sign of economic well-being. Even if a city is entirely functional and livable, there is always something additional to be gained when efforts are taken to enhance aesthetic value through buildings that enhance neighborhood pride and through well-maintained greenery.
Current beautification projects:
--Bright Spot Awards
--Native Plant Gardens along Piles Fork Creek
at Grand Avenue in progress
at Dorthella in progress
--Tree Planting and more along Greenways Pedestrian/Bike Trail
with Rotary Club of Carbondale Breakfast October 2014
--"What would you do to make Carbondale more beautiful?" Town meeting
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
Check out this article from the New York Times
Help butterflies. Consider alternatives to lawns. Plant milkweed.
America in Bloom has a series on
PLANTS: They're more than just pretty.
One video shows that
THEY REDUCE CRIME
Watch that - and their other seriously silly videos.
Q1: What would you do to make Carbondale more beautiful?
On November 4, 2013, participating groups generated 49 ideas. The top 5 were:
1. Bury lines (phone/power) and use Streetscape planning (downtown and all around town)
2. Plant flowering trees at 4 major entrances to Carbondale (13 E&W/51 N&S)
3. Add plantings to medians (Mill Street and 51)
4. Conduct Sustainability Assessment for Carbondale (Whole city)
5. Create a Dog Park (in Carbondale)
Send in your ideas to email@example.com or call 525-5525.
Can we have too many trees?!?
This year, KCB is devoting a chunk of its grant money to planting more trees along the streets of Carbondale. According to James Howard Kunstler, there are four functions of street trees:
Q2: What do you do to make Carbondale more beautiful?
If you are already, on your own, involved in cleanups or recycling or beautification, let us know what you do. KCB is working on compiling a resource directory of potential partners in this on-going work to improve quality of life in Carbondale.
Also, whether you sweep up ciggie-butts or run a beauty salon, let us know if you have a project, or an idea for a project that we could work on together.
Do you pick up litter? Take our Litter Cost Survey. Click here.