Clean Cities Sweep - Schools Projects

March 21st through June 22nd; Kindergarten through 12th Grades


Charleston Charter School. CCS 2009 (4).JPGIn Spring of 2022, Keep Charleston Beautiful will once again engage local City of Charleston schools in its annual Clean Cities Sweep event, a local implementation of Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup. Clean Cities Sweep takes place this year from March 21st through June 22nd, and is a call to action for K-12 school groups of any size to design and conduct environmentally focused projects. Students and teachers can plan and conduct a variety or projects, but these typically focus on the mission of litter reduction, community beautification, or recycling and sustainability campaigns. These should be projects that benefit the entirety of the school or have 100% school participation. School groups are also required to include an educational component to their project, and will need to report the overall impact and results of their project via an online report form.


Example projects could include:

  • Planning and building a garden where every grad level plays a role in its care and creation (vegetable, pollinator, or rain garden)
  • Setup of classroom or grade level recycling competitions to reduce landfill waste and increase diversion rates from landfills
  • Initiation of composting, recycling, or regular litter cleanups on the school's campus. 

Example educational components could include:

  • plan information announcements or assemblies
  • conduct artwork contests for all grades to show what they learned
  • invite a speaker or expert in the field to share environmental information


Charleston Charter SchoolKeep Charleston Beautiful can lend out litter cleanup supplies to schools who wish to participate in a Clean Cities Sweep Project (limited quantity, on a first come first served basis).

Our non-profit has received a generous grant from Dominion, which will allow us to allocate $250 worth of supply funding to the first 20 projects that are registered and have an acceptable proposal. 

The Registration Form is LINKED HERE - Completing this form will register your school group for a litter cleanup event, beautification project, or environmental initiative. We encourage projects that can help initiative positive behavior changes amongst community members.  

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email to coordinate the details of your proposed project. 

***KCB lends out the supplies needed for litter cleanup (such as Glad trash bags, visibility vests, trash grabbers, gloves, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, and other necessary supplies). If your project is to implement regular, frequent litter cleanups by students, you can indicate that you would like your project funding to be utilized for purchasing litter cleanup supplies that can be kept long-term by the school. 

Please be specific in the application about what supplies you need for your project (include quantities, sizes, colors, specific brands, estimated costs, etc.)

We look forward to working with you to make Charleston clean, green, and litter-free!