Launched in 1953, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) is closing in on nearly 70 years as a powerhouse for the planet. Envisioning a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live, Keep America Beautiful is at the helm of a thriving network of more than 700 state and community-based affiliates, local leaders, businesses and millions of volunteers. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) is exceedingly proud of our status as a Keep America Beautiful® affiliate. In 2020, we celebrated 40 years as an environmentally focused nonprofit dedicated to pursuing KAB’s mission here at home: “To inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.”
Over the last seven decades, KAB has promoted anti-litter and recycling campaigns, teamed up with first ladies and presidents, launched iconic PSA campaigns like the “Crying Indian” and “I Want to Be Recycled,” inspired countless community improvement projects and so much more. Every year, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful takes part in national Keep America Beautiful programs like America Recycles Day, Great American Cleanup and the Green Youth Advisory Council. While KAB got its start in New York City when a group of corporate and civic leaders met to bring the public and private sectors together to develop and promote a national cleanliness ethic, Georgia represented the first statewide program in 1978 – then as Georgia Clean & Beautiful, now known as the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF). In step with our friends at KGBF, we remain committed to setting an example of environmental advocacy for the rest of the nation to follow.
The nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization suggests these 10 Tips to Celebrating Keep America Beautiful Month. To help you tackle four of those tips, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful…
- Offers a wealth of Volunteer Opportunities all year long! From Great American Cleanup (which we present as a year-round endeavor) to Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Stream to a variety of cleanup/recycling events, we make it easy for you to give back to your community;
- Will host our upcoming Earth Day Recycling Event on April 24 at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds as an opportunity to recycle in celebration of this Earth we all share;
- Is proud of Gwinnett County’s beautiful, award-winning parks & recreation system – offering the perfect arena to launch a Plogging exercise regimen – combining jogging with litter reduction – so pull on your sneakers and grab a trash bag;
- Provides the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful website, which is filled with ways you can Reduce Reuse and Recycle – from our blog articles to our What You Can Do suggestions
With Spring in full swing, it’s a great time to get outdoors and make a difference for your community. We hope you will join us in celebrating Keep America Beautiful Month as we honor an organization that was the impetus for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and hundreds of other homegrown affiliates dedicated to unlocking our local community’s potential. Learn more about Keep America Beautiful at www.kab.org.