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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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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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]

Pollinator Garden

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

Spring Golf Classic

Keep Durham Beautiful Spring Golf Classic   Mark your calendars for the 2016 Spring Golf Tournament on May 13, 2016 Hillandale Golf Course 4 Person Captain’s Choice Interested in sponsoring the golf classic? Please contact us at to learn more about sponsorship packages and benefits.

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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]

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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]


Litter Index

The Community Appearance and Litter Index was developed by Keep America Beautiful as a quantitative measure used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. Keep Durham Beautiful, with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers, have been monitoring litter in Durham since 2005. Volunteers from the community are trained in the method and… [Continue Reading]

Litter Index 2015

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]

ArborDay Tree Planting 2015

Durham Earth Day Festival

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day at the 2016 Durham Earth Day Festival Earth Day Festival Rain or Shine | Free Event When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 12-5 PM Where:Rock Quarry Park (701 Stadium Dr.) Rain Location:  Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N. Driver St).   “Go Green” at Durham’s Earth Day Festival.… [Continue Reading]

Earth Day Festival 2016