Governor Deal Gives Kudos to Gwinnett County During Final Environmental Address

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Event Included Scholarship and Awards Presentation, Debut of Organization’s New Logo and Governor’s Speech Before a Crowd of Nearly 1000 Business and Community Leaders

Lawrenceville, Ga. – September 13, 2018 – On August 30, Governor Nathan Deal stood behind the podium in the Grand Ballroom at Infinite Energy Center to address the complex interconnection of Georgia’s economy and environment. Featuring his fifth and final appearance at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s (GCB) Environmental Address, Governor Deal made a point to praise Gwinnett for its treatment and return of waste water to the water supply – indicating that the County is setting an example for other communities to follow. Throughout his address, he touted the strides made since he became Governor in 2011 – citing impressive figures for unemployment, job creation, workforce development, attraction of companies to the state and more. As he spoke to a crowd of nearly 1000 business and community leaders, he shared his belief that economic growth is directly tied to quality of life and a “clean & beautiful” environment.

In addition to the Governor’s stirring speech, the event included the presentation of a $2,500 scholarship to Georgia Gwinnett College Junior, Candi Abbey and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s recognition of its 2018 Environmental Consciousness and Stewardship (ECoS) Award winners:

  • Green Business Leader of the Year: Republic Services
  • Green Community Partner of the Year: Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
  • Jim Steele Green Educator of the Year: Discovery High School
  • Green Government of the Year: Gwinnett County Department of Corrections
  • Green Recycler of the Year: MetroGreen Recycling
  • Connie Wiggins Environmental Legacy Award: Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners’ Charlotte Nash

“As we came together to honor our ECoS Award winners and welcome Governor Deal to the stage one last time, it was incredibly moving to have the Governor honor Gwinnett County throughout his speech,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “He assured us that not only HE recognizes the hard work we’re doing to make our county one of the cleanest, greenest and most livable communities in the nation, but that the rest of the state sees this, too. The work we are doing is incredibly important, not only for the well-being of our neighbors, but also for the viability of our community’s economic development. A clean environment – free of graffiti and litter – proves attractive to companies considering a move here. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has an integral role to play in that equation, and it’s truly wonderful to be recognized for that fact. I also loved Chairman Charlotte Nash’s reaction to being recognized with the prestigious Environmental Legacy Award. She was so touched and surprised by this well-deserved honor. She plays an enormous part in making our county a ‘community’ – no small task given the size of Gwinnett County.”

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful also used the occasion to debut the eco-focused organization’s new logo. Comprised of shades of blue, white and green, the mosaic tree shape of the logo represents how all of the elements of the organization work together to benefit the environment. The icon can be viewed as a vertical tree image or as an aerial view of the network between Gwinnett’s greenspaces and water sources. The aerial view also represents the connection between Gwinnett’s individual neighborhoods and the community as a whole. The logo was designed by the award-winning team at Lawrenceville-headquartered Accent Creative Group, which will spearhead the formal launch of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s rebranding campaign – including the organization’s new mission-based tagline “Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett.”

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About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful:  Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please visit