Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and local affiliates working in 14 Pennsylvania counties earned national recognition from Keep America Beautiful at its national conference recently.
The local affiliates include: Keep Blair Beautiful, Keep Harrisburg/Dauphin Beautiful, Keep Lancaster County Beautiful, Keep Northeastern PA Beautiful (covering Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike and Monroe counties), Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Keep Pittsburgh Beautiful/Allegheny CleanWays, Keep York Beautiful and Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling.
These Pennsylvania groups were recognized with the President’s Circle Award. The Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.
In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, the nine Pennsylvania affiliates met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of Ending Littering, Improving Recycling, and Beautifying the Pennsylvania landscape.
Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 620 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places.
“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”
“We are honored that Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and our local Keep America Beautiful affiliates have been recognized nationally for our efforts. Each affiliate has worked tirelessly to identify the needs of their local community and the partners and supporters that allows them to offer programs that meet those needs,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep PA Beautiful. “We commend and congratulate our affiliates for working towards our shared vision of a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania.”
The Keep America Beautiful National Conference, its premier educational and networking event, brought together more than 350 leaders from Keep America Beautiful’s national network of affiliates, business leaders, policymakers and other experts who shared innovative ideas and proven strategies to help End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities.
The 2017 Keep America Beautiful National Conference was made possible through the support of some of America’s leading companies, including: Title Sponsor – Wrigley Company Foundation; Leadership Sponsors – Altria, Lowe’s and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; Stewardship Sponsors – Anheuser-Busch, Steel Recycling Institute; Strategic Sponsors – Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Northrop Grumman; Supporting Sponsors – Foodservice Packaging Institute, Maryland Environmental Services and Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Scholarships are provided by Altria, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and The Share Fund.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.
Sign up now for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event through May 31.