Lowe’s carries out our commitment to environmental sustainability through partnerships with leading nonprofits that improve the health, economy and beauty of the places we serve.
In 2013, we strengthened our partnership with Keep America Beautiful to continue to bring people together to build and sustain vibrant communities and inspire a hands-on approach to environmental stewardship. The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation donated $1 million to Keep America Beautiful to help deliver positive social and economic change to communities across the country.
Nearly 350 Lowe’s Heroes were among the volunteers who donated more than 66,000 hours of service to their local communities through Lowe’s-supported projects.
Lowe’s foundation awarded 75 grants, from $5,000 to $20,000, to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and participating organizations to reduce waste, increase recycling and generate a positive impact through community improvement projects such as disaster restorations, community gardens, tree plantings and downtown enhancements. Nearly 350 Lowe’s Heroes were among the volunteers who donated more than 66,000 hours of service to their local communities through Lowe’s-supported projects. Together, Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful completed nearly 600 community improvements projects in 2013.
The impact was seen from coast to coast and included:
- 102,248 pounds of litter collected
- 205 acres of parks and public land cleaned
- 39 miles of shoreline, 27 miles of roads and 10 acres of wetlands cleaned
- 973 trees planted
- 869,208 flowers and bulbs planted
- 55 playgrounds restored
- 174 beautification and community greening projects completed
- 458 community gardens planted
Keep America Beautiful celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013. Each year, the organization inspires millions of volunteers to take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places.
Lowe’s grants and volunteer assistance supported improvement projects in 75 cities, towns and counties, from Riverside, California, to Washington, D.C. The work ranged from restoring Louisiana wetlands destroyed by Hurricane Katrina to constructing urban community gardens that beautify empty inner-city lots, providing an opportunity for low-income residents to access fresh produce and support local food banks. More than 13,000 volunteers joined with Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful to improve communities across the country.
“The cumulative impact of the Lowe’s grant program continues to be remarkable,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Lowe’s Heroes are making a significant contribution in aiding our affiliates and partnering organizations to make sure communities across the country are more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”
Keep America Beautiful
Lowe’s Heroes volunteered their time and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation contributed a $5,000 grant to help Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful clean up a local roadway and park in northern Nevada.
Keep Beaufort County Beautiful and 30 Lowe’s Heroes teamed up to rehabilitate a historic home in Beaufort, S.C.
More than 13,000 volunteers participated in Lowe’s-supported projects with Keep America Beautiful in 2013, including this wetlands restoration project in Pointe-aux-Chenes, La.
Volunteers installed tree guards and gave a community garden a facelift in the Hunts Point neighborhood in South Bronx, N.Y.
More than 200 volunteers participated in a series of workdays to remove honeysuckle along a trail corridor in Kansas City. The invasive shrub chokes out the woodland’s biodiversity and creates visual barriers along the trail corridors.
Revitalizing Ohio Greenway