The Two Eco-Focused Organizations Will Host “Connecting People and Places: A Community Conversation” to Address Litter at Georgia Gwinnett College on October 5th
Lawrenceville, Ga. – June 24, 2021 – Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) announced today that plans are underway for a first of its kind event in October 2021. As a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, GC&B has been tapped to host and co-create “Connecting People and Places: A Community Conversation” – an environmental town hall intended to address the issue of littering on a hyperlocal scale. While it will be a hybrid in person and virtual event, the public will be afforded the opportunity to submit their questions – which will be selected at random to drive the conversation.
“Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is inviting the community, along with national and regional representatives to engage in a conversation about our community and litter. We are incredibly honored to have been selected from 700 national affiliates to get this conversation started,” said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for the Lawrenceville, Georgia-based, eco-focused nonprofit. “On the heels of the release of the Keep America Beautiful 2020 Litter Study, we know we’ve made great strides as a nation over the course of the last decade. There has been a decrease of 54% in litter along U.S. roadways since the 2009 Litter Study, but there is still so much more to do. Because litter prevention and engagement in litter cleanups require the commitment of the community to ensure the highest levels of success, it’s vital that we make community members part of the conversation”.
“Connecting People and Places: A Community Conversation” will be hosted October 5, 2021 in the LVIS Room at Georgia Gwinnett College. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will create a forum in which members of the Gwinnett County community can submit their questions and share their concerns.
“We are excited to participate in this conversation and share some of the insights we learned from our recently released national litter study as Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful engages their citizens to identify community improvement projects to reduce litter. We commend Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful for taking this initiative and serving as a national leader demonstrating how our network of 700 affiliates, and others, can use the scientific data and facts about litter to inspire community improvement action,” said Helen Lowman, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful.
About Keep America Beautiful: Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green, and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
The Keep America Beautiful Model for Change – steeped in education, research, and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice, and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 650 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.
About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GC&B) 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 and its mission of “Connecting People and Resources for a Sustainable Gwinnett,” please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.