Jeremiah Harris and Eagle Scout Troop 251
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s third quarter Community Crusader of 2020 is Jeremiah Harris – a sophomore at Berkmar High School and Troop 251 Eagle Scout. As part of earning an Eagle Scout badge, he had to organize his own service project. Last month, Jeremiah in partnership with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and the Department of Water Resources removed trash, debris, etc. from and round the creek, lake and surrounding areas at the Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
His group’s efforts spanned two days and a total of 66 hours, 11 participants collected a total of 37 bags of trash, removed 31 tires and other debris, adding up to 1,500 pounds!
We asked Jeremiah a few questions about this project and here is what he had to say:
Why did you choose this project? “I have a passion about keeping the environment clean and healthy”.
What if anything would you like to share with the community about his good deeds, efforts and lessons learned? “It took good team work to get this kind of project completed successfully. I also recognized that when you’re doing good things, people are more likely to volunteer their own time. Plus, your project’s tasks get completed on time when you’re organized, communicate effectively, and being respectful when working with people of all ages”.
Thank you, Jeremiah and Troop 251 for your efforts in helping us keep Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. Your good deeds are greatly appreciated and will hopefully inspire others to get involved!
Is Your Company, Organization or Civic Group a Community Crusader?
Forget about being faster than a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! These are the REAL heroes of the Gwinnett County community! Each Quarter, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is proud to shine the spotlight on one outstanding local business, organizations or civic groups that demonstrates a standard of environmental stewardship that rises above the rest. Each recipient chosen for this special honor exhibits a level of eco-friendliness that extends beyond the walls of their local establishment and resonates out into the community. A clean, beautiful and thriving community is a benefit to all of us. As individuals, we get to enjoy the natural splendor and health benefits of clean air and water. As businesses, a clean and beautiful environment – free of graffiti on our walls and litter on our streets – lends itself to a healthy economy, as more and more people are drawn to the area. Our Community Crusaders take eco-consciousness to the next level by weaving it into the fabric of their corporate and civic culture or organizational mission, motivating their teams to ACT. Here are just a handful of ways a business can stand-out as an environmental steward:
- Expand or launch a recycling program at work and track your results
- Conserve water
- Buy green when purchasing or replacing products or equipment
- Use LED or compact fluorescent lighting
- Take ownership of the area that surrounds your place of business by hiring a landscape company or scheduling volunteers from the office to come in on weekends for planting parties or litter pick up days
- Adopt-a-Road near your business and ensure that it stays litter-free by regularly scheduling volunteers from around the office to police the area
- Report graffiti near your place of business
- Keep loading docks clean and check dumpsters every day to make sure they are securely closed
- Become part of a business reuse network like Georgia Industrial Materials Exchange
- Partner with GC&B to assist us with completing a project that requires special services, equipment and/or expertise
- Develop innovative new ways for your business to have a positive impact on the environment through cleaner manufacturing or building practices, reuse of materials or recycled products, and more!
To nominate your company, group or organization for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Community Crusader, please fill out the online form at the end of this page. If chosen, you will be featured on our website, social media pages and in one of our upcoming e-blasts. GOOD LUCK!
Do You Know Someone Who is an Unsung Hero?
Heroes don’t always wear capes! Sometimes they wear bright yellow reflective vests, gloves and work boots. Other times they wear floppy hats, gardening gloves and clothes covered in dirt. They go “above and beyond” the call of duty, aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and welcome the opportunity to devote their time and energy to personally solve an issue within the community. They might create unique works of art from recovered materials. They may teach children about the impact they could have as stewards of the local environment and inspire them to act. They could passionately advocate on behalf of the environment to local officials. They might organize and participate in neighborhood cleanup and beautification events. The list goes on and on, and these Unsung Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and ages. They do what they do out of love for the community in which they live – the community we all share.
At Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, we don’t want them to be “unsung” any longer! We want to sing their praises! If you know someone who brings new meaning to the phrase “environmental steward,” tell us about them. Please send the name of the person you are nominating along with their contact information and a short essay outlining all of the ways they demonstrate their dedication to the local environment to email@example.com. Nominees will be reviewed individually by the staff at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, and – if selected as our next Unsung Hero – will be featured on our website, social media pages and one of our upcoming e-blasts. He or she MIGHT even be recognized during our next Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful ECoS (Environmental Consciousness and Stewardship) Awards!