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Our annual Clean & Beautiful Community Award competition and Just Desserts event are on-hold for the 2016 program year. Check back in early 2017 for information about a new community and volunteer recognition event! 


The Clean & Beautiful Community Awards and Just Desserts reception is an annual event that we host in November to recognize community councils, neighborhood organizations, Cincinnati schools, business associations, and individual volunteers for organizing litter prevention, beautification, community improvement, and recycling projects during the previous program year.

Over 200 guests attend to celebrate communities and individuals who, through ongoing efforts, are utilizing public-private partnerships to improve their streets, business districts, parks, and neighborhood assets. Award entries are judged by a variety of City employees, corporate sponsors, and partner organizations. First place winners receive $500 each, second place $250 each.

Congratulations to the following 2015 Award Winners:

Great American Cleanup Project Award Winners

  • 1st Place: North Avondale Neighborhood Association
  • 2nd Place: Newport East Row Historic Foundation
  • 3rd Place: East Price Hill Improvement Association and Safety CAT
  • Honorable Mention: The Cincinnati Police Department and Hawaiian Village

Urban Revitalization Award Winners

  • 1st Place: West McMicken Improvement Association for their Mosaic Wall Murals
  • 2nd Place: Hartwell Improvement Association for its Galbraith Road Triangle Bed project

Sustainable Community Award Winners

  • 1st Place: Walnut Hills High School for their Environmental Sustainability initiatives
  • 2nd Place: Price Hill Safety CAT for its Summer Youth Work Program
  • 3rd Place: North Avondale Montessori School for its school recycling program

Growing Green Habits Award Winners

(specifically for projects initiated by and/or led by youth)

  • 1st Place: Cincinnati Christian Schools for their Environmental Educators program
  • 2nd Place: Sedamsville Civic Association and Community Development Corporation for their community garden and youth art project
  • Honorable Mention: Madisonville Youth Community Council

Iron Eyes Cody Award Winner

Lowe’s Heroes

Five Star Volunteer Award Winners

(Award Winner, nominating organization)

  • Linda Ackerman, Price Hill Safety CAT
  • Gary Dangal, Walnut Hills
  • David Doepke, Walnut Hills High School
  • Rama Kasturi, Walnut Hills High School
  • Jody Pol, Mount Washington