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Community Appearance Index

Help your community and make $50 by volunteering to help score Pearland’s appearance. 

The Community Appearance Index is an annual roadside litter audit. The results provide metrics that help determine the impact of litter on the quality of life in the community. They also help set goals and develop effective community improvement education programs and projects.

Why do we conduct this audit?
Litter is more than just a mark on our landscape. Litter is costly to clean up, impacts our quality of life and economic development, and eventually ends up in our waterways and oceans. […] Litter cleanup costs more than $11.5 billion each year. The indirect costs of litter are also considerable. For example, litter in a community decreases property values by 7 percent.


The Community Appearance Index (formerly Litter Index) is a great tool for tracking litter prevention and education. The scores change over time and between locations, allowing KPB to map out the problem areas and deploy Adopt-A-Road and other groups to specific spots around Pearland.

What will I be doing if I volunteer?
Volunteers have different roles in the audit – some navigate and 3-4 volunteers per vehicle observe the type and volume of litter they see. The information collected is compiled into a report and sent to Keep America Beautiful to be added to a national database. Volunteers will be provided with clear instructions on how to assess litter along with score sheets for recording the level of litter present from 1 (Minimal or No Litter) to 4 (Extremely Littered).


A total of approximately fifty half-mile segments of road will be audited over the course of two days in six zones across the city. Each day will consist of twenty-five segments and will take approximately 2.5-hours to complete (including training). Volunteers will be provided with breakfast (or lunch), water, snacks, and a $50 gift card for their participation. If you are in need of volunteer hours, you may receive a verification letter in lieu of the gift card for your participation. Transportation is provided by Keep Pearland Beautiful.

What are the dates and times available?
We are conducting the CAI over the course of 2-days:
– March 15, 2024, 10:00AM – 12:30PM
– March 16, 2024, 8:00AM – 10:30AM

What are the requirements to participate?
– Be 18 years of age or older.
– Ability to ride in a vehicle for up to 2 hours without a break.
– Ability to see and identify litter and debris up to 50ft away.
– Ability to read, write, and understand English.
– KPB Members are given priority for participation but volunteering is open to the public.
(Don’t have a membership? Click here to become a member.)
– Must be a City of Pearland resident.


Volunteers are accepted on a first come basis. We ask that if you sign up, that you show up as a minimum number of volunteers is required to successfully complete this audit.
  • Is there an age limit for participation?

    Yes. Participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the event.

  • Will a vehicle be provided for this audit?

    Yes. Keep Pearland Beautiful will provide the vehicle. You will not be required to use your personal vehicle.

  • How many people per vehicle?

    There will be approximately 5-8 people in the vehicle at a time. The vehicle used is a passenger van.

  • Do I need to bring anything with me?

    We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle but all other supplies that you will need are provided on the day of the event.

  • Will training be provided?

    Yes. There will be a 30-minutes training prior to the start of the audit.

  • Can I bring a friend or family member?

    Keep Pearland Beautiful selects participants according to multiple factors. We cannot guarantee that you will be placed in a group with a friend or family member. Additionally, we ask participants to keep talking to a minimum while the audit is in progress so we discourage you from signing up with close friends and family.

Hourly Schedule

Friday, March 15, 2024

- 10:00AM - 12:30PM
CAI Group A

Saturday, March 16, 2024

- 8:00AM - 10:30AM
CAI Group B


Mar 15 - 16 2024


All Day

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Stella Roberts Recycling Center
5800 Magnolia Pkwy, Pearland, TX 77584


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