WV Make it Shine Program

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The WV Make It Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making WV the cleanest state in the nation. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. It is the responsibility of the WV Make It Shine Program to coordinate the effort of these people to make our state shine. The WV Make It Shine Program is involved in several events each year. The annual events are listed below.

WV Make It Shine Teacher of the Year

In an effort to promote environmental stewardship and education in West Virginia, the WV Department of Environmental Protection is proud to sponsor the Environmental Teacher of the Year Award. Winners will be chosen in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Each winner will receive a $500.00 personal award, a $1000 award to be used in promoting STEM programs in their school, and an invitation to the Association of WV Solid Waste Authorities Annual Awards Banquet on October 23, 2017 at Pipestem State Park (includes one night lodging) to receive their award. To nominate yourself or another, please submit an application packet.  All entries must be received by September 15, 2017. 

For more information contact Terry Carrington, Make It Shine Coordinator, at terry.r.carrington@wv.gov, or 304-926-0499 ext. 1359.

For an application form, click here.

Lick Creek MIS Cleanup 2010
WV Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup
The statewide cleanup is held during the first two weeks of April each year. During this time, volunteers can receive assistance in conducting cleanups on public lands. The resources available include gloves, bags, hauling (in conjunction with the DOH), and landfill fees. 

For an application form, click here

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WV Make It Shine Earth Day Celebration, April 20, 2017
Each year, the Make It Shine Program sponsors an Earth Day celebration at The Clay Center in Charleston. During this event, school children are exposed to various displays regarding environmental protection, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Many of these displays are "hands on" for the students.

If you would like to be an exhibitor for this event, click here.

If you would like to register your class or school, click here.


image ORS cleanupOhio River Sweep
The West Virginia Make It Shine Program is happy to be a co-sponsor of the largest cleanup of its kind in the United States. Each June, communities all along the Ohio River pitch in to clean the river and its banks of litter. For more information on participating in the Ohio River Sweep, call 1-800-322-5530.

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Great Kanawha River Cleanup, September 9, 2017

The WV Make It Shine sponsors this river cleanup. Volunteers can participate at sights in all counties bordering the Kanawha River from Gauley Bridge to Pt. Pleasant. For more information about participating in the Great Kanawha River Cleanup, call 1-800-322-5530.

Locations to include:
Roadside Park, St. Albans
Winfield Beach, Winfield 
Kanawha Falls, Glen Ferris
Boat Ramp, South Charleston
*other sites to be added as needed

All locations are scheduled from 9:00-Noon. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for participating. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours or just to show your support for your community. Please call 1-800-322-5530 to register your group. Your registration helps ensure that enough supplies are available at each site.  

 Make It Shine Awards

WV Make It Shine Clean County Award
This award is given to counties in the state who have developed and implemented a comprehensive environmental program. Cash prizes are awarded to top achievers to help fund their continued efforts.

2016 Winners:

Berkeley County

WV Make It Shine Community Award
This award is given to communities who have worked to keep their environment clean and who have participated regularly in REAP programs. Communities designated as Make It Shine Communities will receive two road signs to place in their community.

2015 Recipients:
New Cumberland (Grand Prize Winner)
Beech Bottom
Nutter Fort

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