Hugh McMillian – Lifelong Resident of Dacula
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Community Crusader of 2020 is Hugh McMillian. Over the past few years, lifelong Dacula resident, Hugh McMillian has taken it upon himself to clean up Ace McMillian Road – which is named after his paternal grandfather. Asa “Ace” Marion McMillian was born in September 1891 in the Harbins community. His wife was Mattie Lee Barrett of Grayson. Farming was Asa’s occupation, but fishing and hunting quail were his passions. He was one of the best around at training bird dogs. Hugh was fortunate to spend the first twenty years of his life just 250 feet from his grandfather’s house. In the early 1960s, the road was named after “Ace” by a committee of county volunteers because he was the oldest citizen who lived on the road and his lineage included some of the founding members of Gwinnett County. Once a dirt road where Hugh and his siblings rode horses, today Ace McMillian Road serves as a major route from Harbins Road to Bold Springs Road.
Following a family tradition of being good stewards of the soil and water, during 2020 alone, Hugh McMillian conducted 14 cleanups along Ace McMillian Road – filling 26 bags of litter. Last year, Mr. McMillian conducted 11 cleanups, collecting 30 bags of litter and one tire. Residents such as Hugh McMillian are the hidden heroes that take the initiative to help us keep Gwinnett clean, safe and litter-free. Thank you, Hugh, for being such a wonderful community crusader – we appreciate you more than you’ll ever know!
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!