Press Release: Volunteers at the Heart of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's Success

On Heels of Great Days of Service 2017, Eco-Focused Nonprofit Extends Gratitude to Local Environmental Stewards

Lawrenceville, Ga. – November 6, 2017 – On Saturday, October 21st, more than 130 volunteers gathered with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources to take part in Gwinnett Great Day of Service 2017. In a matter of hours, the group removed 4,280 lbs. of trash along the banks of the Yellow River and stenciled over 200 storm drains to minimize litter that can get into our waterways in the area surrounding the Lower Yellow Watershed in Snellville.  This event was one of several cleanup events the eco-focused nonprofit and its partners plan and implement each year, illustrating that the dedication of its volunteers is key to the success of its community-based endeavors.

“We have awesome volunteers,” said Sumner Gann, Program Manager for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. “It always blows me away to see all of the people who come out to our events in support of this community. In addition to cleanup events, our organization is focused on advocation, education and engagement of residents and local businesses on behalf of our environment. We coordinate a number of programs – like Adopt-a-Road and Adopt-a-Stream – in which people with a spirit of volunteerism can take part in our year-round efforts. We are also extremely grateful to our partners at Gwinnett County Departments of Water Resources and Parks & Recreation, as well as at Anderson-Livsey Elementary School for their part in making Gwinnett Great Days of Service 2017 a success.”

To thank individuals, businesses and organizations that demonstrate a spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the Gwinnett community through eco-friendly endeavors, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful recently honored Rubicon, Yellow River Water Trail, City of Peachtree Corners and Lanier High School during its annual ECoS (Environmental Consciousness and Stewardship) Awards on October 11th. GCB awarded its highest honor – the 2017 Connie Wiggins Environmental Legacy Award – to Rudy Bowen of Home South Communities and the Georgia DOT Transportation Board for his role in initiating the Georgia Inmate Program to cleanup state highways, in addition to the many unspoken acts of stewardship he performs on behalf of the Gwinnett County community.

To volunteer for upcoming events and explore year-round programs, aspiring environmental stewards are encouraged to visit

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