Beauty is the end result of everything we do Our core belief is that beauty is a silent but powerful force that makes communities safer, healthier and more livable. “Beauty” is in our name, it’s the result of everything we do and it’s what our organization is all about – residents, government and businesses uniting… [Continue Reading]



Americans generate about 251.3 million tons of garbage per year.  What’s your impact? Garbage isn’t always pleasant to think about, but how we manage waste has long-term environmental and economic consequences that can’t be ignored. Did you know that since 1960, the amount of waste generated in America has nearly tripled? Our society as a whole… [Continue Reading]

Recycling at the Food Truck Rodeo

Community Gardens

Community Gardens in Durham offer many benefits! Beautify an under-used piece of land or corner Bring community members together – pride in community, stewardship, crime reduction Teach people about plants and food sources Encourage physical activity for better health Produce fresh foods for good nutrition Community Gardens in Durham: Resources for Community Gardens:… [Continue Reading]

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You can take ownership of a street tree! Keep Durham Beautiful partners with City of Durham Department of General Services, Urban Forestry Division  to share the cost of purchase and planting street trees and urban shade trees in other public spaces like parks and greenways. Residents or community groups who adopt a street tree pay for roughly half the wholesale cost… [Continue Reading]

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Toss It Right- DPS Recycles

Durham Public Schools is looking for Recycling Ambassadors to help launch a lunchroom recycling program with elementary schools. We would like ambassadors to monitor lunchroom recycle bins for the first week of the campaign help the school’s Environmental Champion instruct the students in proper carton and juice box recycling.  To sign up to volunteer, please… [Continue Reading]

Lunchroom Recycling

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program Program Overview The Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program is brought to you by Keep Durham Beautiful in partnership with Durham County Cooperative Extension to promote pollinator habitat throughout Durham. The goal of the program is to establish educational pollinator gardens in proximity to pre-existing community gardens… [Continue Reading]

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Sandy Creek Monarch Festival

SECOND ANNUAL MONARCH FESTIVAL   Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 10-4 PM Rain Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 10-4 PM Sandy Creek Park (3510 Sandy Creek Drive) Join us as we celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! Sandy Creek Park is a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate throughout North America.… [Continue Reading]

2nd Annual Monarch Festival

Litter Prevention

Why do people litter? People litter because they believe that someone else will pick up after them. The City of Durham alone spends over 15 million dollars a year picking up after us in the community. Do you really want your community to spend that much money on litterbugs? This is money that we all pay in… [Continue Reading]


Water Into Trees

Turning water into trees! Interested in supporting efforts to plant more trees in Durham?  The “Water into Trees” program, started in November 2013, allows Durham residents to contribute to Durham trees via their water bill. From rounding up your water bill to the nearest dollar, to contributing a set amount each month, your donation would… [Continue Reading]

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Big Sweep

  Join Durham’s Annual Community Litter Cleanup! On the first Saturday of October each year, the Durham community comes together to clean up litter across the County. Hundreds of volunteers team up to clean up thousands of pounds of litter from our local parks, neighborhoods, stream banks, lake shores, parking lots, school groups, workplaces, and streets in Durham.… [Continue Reading]

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