Spring Sustainability

It springtime in Knoxville which means enjoying the fresh outdoors and doing activities you love in the cool Tennessee air. By making simple changes to our daily lifestyles, we can make a positive impact in our communities and to the environment. Here are four ways to enjoy a more sustainable spring! 


1. Garden.  Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to get outside and avoid harmful pesticides found in grocery store foods. There are easy, tasty greens you can grow in your own home or garden for springtime eating! Also, growing fresh flowers around your home is a great tip for adding color and beauty to your property. Choose native pollinator plants to revive the health of our local bees and butterflies! 




2. Clean with green products. When buying cleaning products, make sure they are environmentally friendly! Cleaners that contain harmful toxins, like chlorine and bleach, can be harmful. Eco friendly cleaners use citrus based solvents, vinegar, and essential oils to clean. 

Here are some simple cleaning mixes:

  • Combine liquid soap, lemon juice, borax and water to make a general cleaning spray
  • Combine baking soda and liquid soap for a tub-and-tile cleaner
  • Combine borax, washing soda and grated bar soap to make laundry detergent

For more recipes and product ideas: 



3. Donate any unused/unwanted items to a local thrift store. When spring cleaning, sort out the clothing or furniture items taking up space in your home. This will not only help you de-clutter, but also provides used necessities for other families or people in need! 

Local thrift stores:

Goodwill: http://www.gwiktn.org/

KARM: http://karm.org/karm-stores/

Community Chest Knoxville: http://communitychestknoxville.org/index.php


4. Reduce paper use.Paper towels and napkins are used in most households, but these create lots of waste. There are more sustainable options such as switching to cloth towels for cleaning up around the house! 


Share with how you are making your spring more sustainable, please comment below! Keep Knoxville Beautiful would love to hear from you! 

Get Involved This Spring!


At Keep Knoxville Beautiful, we organize and coordinate events with local groups to promote environmental beautification and community togetherness. This spring, we have several events organized around Knoxville to clean up our communities! If you are interested in volunteering in events around your area, please sign up to participate! We are always looking for helping hands to keep Knoxville beautiful! Check out our Upcoming Event page for details on signing up.

South Knoxville Cleanup

Saturday, March 17, 2018

9:00 AM  12:00 PM

Sam Duff Park

The community-wide South Knoxville Cleanup will be held on Saturday, March 17th from 9 am–12 pm, followed by lunch. The event will kick off at Sam Duff Memorial Park. Participating community leaders will meet at the kickoff event, pick up supplies, and then disperse into their own neighborhoods to pick up litter. Individuals who are not with groups can join the effort to clean the streets surrounding Duff Field.

Beaumont Ave. Cleanup

Saturday, March 24, 2018

10:00 AM  12:00 PM

Beaumont Magnet Academy 

This is a public event. Join Elkmont Exchange and members of the Beaumont community as we pick up litter along Beaumont Ave. and around Beaumont Magnet Academy. Volunteers will receive a free beer voucher from Elkmont Exhange and are invited to eat lunch afterwards in their barrel room.


29th Annual River Rescue

Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 AM  2:00 PM

Ijams Nature Center

Join us for Ijams Nature Center's 29th Annual River Rescue. Last year, almost 700 volunteers cleaned various sites along the Tennessee River and associated waterways and removed 11.5 tons of garbage! This year, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting 2 sites.


Turkey Creek Greenway Tree Planting

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 AM  12:00 PM

Iron Tribe Fitness

KKB will be planting 30 trees along the Turkey Creek Greenway!

2018 Orchids Awards

2018 Orchids Awards

Since 1979, Keep Knoxville Beautiful has hosted the Orchids Beautification Awards to recognize the architects, contractors, organizations, businesses, and artist that have strived to improve the beauty of Knox County.  These awards are so meaningful because the nominated landscapes and properties contribute to sustaining Knoxville's long-lasting beauty and splendor. These spaces stand out in rebuilding and rejuvenating communities affected by blight and degradation, positively inspiring others to maintain these standards within their lives and communities.