Interviews are being scheduled for those contributing to a Keep America Beautiful training video that will document the strides taken in keeping Van Buren clean.
Two representatives from KAB will be in Van Buren from about 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 to document improvements in litter prevention, recycling and beautification in Van Buren since Keep Van Buren Beautiful, a KAB affiliate, began in 2006, said John Pope, Keep Van Buren Beautiful director.
KVBB is the only affiliate to be asked to take part in such a video, Pope said.
As part of a partnership between KAB and California State University-San Marcos, two university staff members will be the ones to visit Van Buren to work on the video, Pope said.
Interviews with local leaders will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 and continue through the next day.
Some of those to be interviewed include Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman; Maryl Koeth, Van Buren A and P Commission director; Lisa Huckelbury-Fort, Hawkins-Weir Engineers business manager; Kristie Moore with the KVBB board; and former state representative Rick Green.
Also likely to attend the interviews, Pope said, are Mark Camp, the new Keep Arkansas Beautiful director, and Elizabeth Philpott with KArB.
Interviewers will be interested in what the city and KVBB have done to change the behavioral attitudes of the residents of Van Buren and how it was accomplished, Pope said.
Pope and other members of KVBB score the city each year section by section, on a scale of 1-4 with a score of 4 being the worst, he said. In 2006, the city scored a 2.75, but now it maintains a score of 1.3-1.5, Pope said.
Pope was contacted a few weeks ago by Cecile Carson, Keep America Beautiful vice president for litter and affiliate relations, to do a video on KVBB’s successful cigarette litter prevention program, he said.
KVBB has been recognized in the past for its efforts to prevent cigarette litter. The affiliate uses KAB grants to provide cigarette urns throughout Van Buren and hands out about 300 pocket ashtrays each year, Pope said.
Pope asked Carson to consider documenting all of the strides Van Buren has made in reducing litter and city beautification, and she agreed.
The focus of the 10-15 minute video was adjusted to include litter prevention, community service workers litter control, and recycling in partnership with the city and the Van Buren School District, Pope said.
KAB could use the video to train new affiliates or show it at the national conference, Pope said.
KVBB has won several awards for its efforts, including the President’s Circle Award and cigarette litter prevention award from KAB, and the Shine award from Keep Arkansas Beautiful.
Pope also has been awarded for his efforts in heading the Van Buren affiliate.