Green Up Keene

 Keene is a City with Environmental Dedication 

Springtime in New Hampshire! As it starts to warm up, buds on the trees start to swell, flowers begin to poke out of the ground, and small furry creatures emerge blinking into the light. And as the piles of snow melt away, trash that has accumulated over the winter starts to come out of hiding from under the snowbanks.

Keene is a beautiful city but to keep it beautiful, it needs a little help. That’s why each spring since 2008, we have set aside a day when we ask our community to come together with the common goal of cleaning up our City.  Volunteers from all over the City all pitch in to pick up trash from our parks, neighborhoods and roadsides.  We have been gaining momentum each year as more and more volunteers have stepped forward to help clean up the city.

Save the Date:  Green up Keene has traditionally been held on the second Saturday in April.

Join us for the next Green Up Keene event on Saturday, April 9, 2015.

Contact the Department of Public Works for information on how you can help

2015's Green Up Keene event included over 650 volunteers from over 50 organizations including the City of Keene, Keene State College, Antioch University New England, local school groups, businesses, churches, scout groups, neighborhood groups and many other organizations and individuals all pitched in to help keep Keene beautiful. Thank you to all of you who helped out!

You can look at the 2015 map at the link below to see which groups signed up ahead of time to adopt an area to clean up.  Many other groups and individuals just showed up at the sign-in table at Railroad Square or at Keene State College on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 8:00am to Noon.

2016 Map

View: 2015 Green Up Keene "Adopted Area" Map

View Keene, NH Green Up Keene Pick up Routes

Typically, the City of Keene and Keene State College make garbage bags available to volunteers at the City’s Department of Public Works during the week before the event and at sign-in tables the day of the event.  Volunteers then go out to clean up the winter’s accumulation of trash on Green Up Keene Day or during the week leading up to it.  The map below shows designated pickup routes along which roadside cleanup trash may be left during the Green Up Keene event.  Crews from the Department of Public Works and Waste Management drive these routes during the cleanup event, and again on the following Monday, to remove roadside litter that has been collected by volunteers and placed in the blue “NH Beautiful” bags.

You can also find information about Green Up Keene at the City of Keene Public Works Department's Facebook page.

If you still have questions about Green Up Keene, contact Eric Swope (357-9836, ext. 6504) or Mike August (352-4879, ext. 6315) of Keene Public Works Department. 

Would you or your organization like to help keep Keene beautiful year-round? 

The City’s “Building a Spirit of Place” initiative provides an avenue for organizations and individuals “to enhance the appearance of their community, while building a sense of involvement and pride“.   One way to participate is to sign up to adopt a street or trail and commit to cleaning it up at least four times per year for at least two years.  For more information or to sign up, please check out the Building a Spirit of Place initiative at this link:


Our Mission

Green Up Keene Day brings together citizen volunteers from across the City of Keene to clean up roadside litter and keep the city beautiful while raising awareness of the community's advances toward being a "Green" city.  We promote citizen stewardship of our city and environment and we celebrate and rely upon the collaborative efforts of city government, local educational institutions, businesses and many organizations and individuals.  The event provides an opportunity to network and volunteer for various environmental or sustainability projects happening in the community. 

Volunteers come in all ages,
all shapes and sizes,
and all walks of life.