Weatherford Works Alongside Devon Energy During Cleanups

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The Great American Cleanup™ in OK Saves State Millions

Weatherford joined 32,000 Oklahomans and millions nationwide in the Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) that began in the spring. This national program of Keep America Beautiful’s national program is sponsored in Oklahoma by Devon Energy and coordinated by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB).

The City of Weatherford, as well as Weatherford’s Environmental Advisory Council, completed numerous tree plantings, community beautification projects, trash pickup and park restorations during their GAC projects. The city had more than 130 volunteers to help with recycling initiatives that have continued into the summer months.

With more than two tons of litter and debris collected, 500 pounds of electronics, and nearly 2,000 tires recycled, the city and its local sponsors were able to save the state $10,000 through their efforts alone.

The Environmental Advisory Council worked with several Devon employees at different locations throughout town. Monty Bruce, Devon’s production superintendent, called the cleanups a huge success and a great volunteer opportunity for his employees.

“We enjoyed working side-by-side with members of the community on this project,” said Bruce. “At Devon, a fundamental core value is to be a good neighbor, and we appreciate opportunities to partner with others to improve the quality of life in places where we live and work.”

Local sponsors and volunteers also included SWOSU, Weatherford Public Schools, United, Bar-S, the Weatherford Daily News and Western Oklahoma Metals - just to name a few.

The summary of Weatherford’s efforts is just one of the nearly 300 communities that participated this past spring. Participating groups range from a local 4H clubs to Oklahoma State Parks, all the way to big corporations like Devon. Oklahoma State Parks Programs Manager Tom Creider says the GAC is essential to keeping Oklahoma beautiful.

“Each spring, the GAC provides impetus and valued assistance to our collective efforts of beautifying Oklahoma. The Division of State Parks is most appreciative of the support and supplies that it receives from GAC sponsors and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful,” Creider said.

Devon joined forces with KOB in 2012 as the first statewide sponsor of the GAC in Oklahoma. Their sponsorship not only expands program reach, but also rewards environmental excellence through a statewide award and $1,000 prize given to one GAC participant each year.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.

For more information on your community’s participation and results, please contact Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.

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