Duluth, Ga., March 27 – As part of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation’s Annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol on March 18, Governor Nathan Deal presented awards to agencies throughout the state that have consistently had a positive impact on the environment within the communities they serve. Proud to be among the list of Governor’s Circle Award recipients was North Georgia’s own, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful.
“We are incredibly humbled to be included among such an impressive list of community-based organizations that are devoted to keeping their individual cities, counties and regions within Georgia clean and beautiful,” explained Connie Wiggins, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “It is wonderful that Governor Nathan Deal and Keep Georgia Beautiful are so devoted to the ‘big picture’ of honoring organizations like ours and encouraging us all to improve upon our efforts with each passing year. By working together, we can ensure that our state is among the most environmentally sound, naturally beautiful and economically thriving in the nation.”
The Governor’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates through their efforts to reduce litter, minimize waste and green local communities. To qualify for the Governor’s Circle Award, affiliates must be in good standing with Keep America Beautiful; conduct an annual Litter Index, calculate the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio and engage volunteers to take greater responsibility for their community environment. Additionally, the affiliate must be an active member of the Georgia network. Georgia is the first state in the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) network to create a Governor’s Circle Award modeled on KAB’s national good standing designation. This is the second year that Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has received this distinction.
“The affiliates receiving the Governor’s Circle Award represent the best of community improvement efforts”, said Sarah Visser, Executive Director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, “They are doing the hard work every day to keep their communities economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable”.
About Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF): Created in 1978 by Governor George Busbee, Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB), became the first state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. In 2011, the Keep Georgia Beautiful program merged with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Inc. which was created in 1985 to promote private sector financial support for worthwhile educational programs that enhance the environment and the quality of life in Georgia. KGBF coordinates a number of environmental efforts including the Great American Cleanup™ and the statewide Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling program. The Foundation is based on a fundamental premise that the environmental interests of the state of Georgia and the people who live here are best served when public and private interests work hand-in-hand to achieve common goals. Our connections with the public and private sectors aid us in our mission to support local Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates as they build and sustainable communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, water resource management and community greening. For more information about the KGB Foundation, please visit www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org or call the office at (404) 679-4910.
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 55-member 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 help prevent litter and graffiti, recycle and reduce waste, and increase environmental awareness. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and its programs, aspiring environmental stewards are invited to visit www.GwinnettCB.org.