Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Keep PA Beautiful Programs, Local Affiliates Earn National Recognition

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful received top honors at the annual Keep America Beautiful National Awards Dinner, held during Keep America Beautiful’s recent annual National Conference in Orlando, Florida.  
“Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards celebrates some of our country’s most dedicated community leaders – representatives from our affiliates and partner organizations – who personify the words imagine, inspire and transform through the work they help lead every day to keep America beautiful in local communities nationwide,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO, Jennifer Jehn. “It’s my privilege to recognize Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for such valuable, mission-based work that helps their communities become more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”
Keep PA Beautiful earned recognition for the following initiatives and accomplishments from Keep America Beautiful:  
-- State Innovation Award – was honored for their recently launched website,, a community resource to fight illegal dumping.
-- America Recycles Day Award – Keep PA Beautiful local affiliates, Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful, Keep Juniata County Beautiful, PA CleanWays of Mifflin County and Keep Perry County Beautiful were recognized for their annual Tire War Competition that has collected over 30,000 tires since 2006.   
-- Great American Cleanup Award – was recognized for their Pick It Up PA Days program. This program, in partnership with the PA Waste Industries Association, helps offset the expense of trash disposal for participants of the Great American Cleanup of PA.
-- State Agency Partnership Awards – The Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection were recognized for their support of the Great American Cleanup of PA.
-- State Affiliate Recognition Award - Diamond Level – received the highest level of recognition for management and administration.
-- President Circle Awards – Presented to Keep PA Beautiful, Keep Lancaster County Beautiful, Keep York Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful for their management and program excellence.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to accept these awards on behalf of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. The success of our organization and its programs is a direct result of the dedication of our volunteers and on-going commitment of our affiliates, Business Council Members and partners, particularly the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association and the Pennsylvania Waste Industry Association.” said Shannon Reiter, President, Keep PA Beautiful.
The annual conference, Keep America Beautiful’s premier educational and networking event, brought together more than 350 leaders from Keep America Beautiful’s national network of more than 600 state and community-based 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.
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.
Sign up now for the 2016 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event through May 31.

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