Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DEP, PennDOT Receive National Recognition From Keep America Beautiful

The departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation were two of 13 Keep America Beautiful State Agency Partner Award recipients at the annual Keep America Beautiful National Awards Ceremony in January for their support of the Great American Cleanup of PA.
The award recognizes state agency partners for their support of Keep America Beautiful state affiliates like Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful through partnership projects and the value Keep America Beautiful places on public-private partnerships.
“Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards celebrates some of our country’s most dedicated community leaders – representatives from our affiliates and partner organizations,” said Mike Rosen, Keep America Beautiful senior vice president, marketing and communications, who served as emcee of the event. “It’s my privilege to recognize such valuable, mission-based work that our state agency partners achieve with their respective Keep America Beautiful state affiliate partners to help communities become more environmentally healthy and economically sound.”
“Through their individual and collaborative actions, volunteers are significantly helping to eliminate and prevent pollution to our lands and waters,” DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “By adopting local roads and parks, they really do help beautify our green spaces. We’re pleased to be an annual sponsor of the Great American Cleanup of PA.”
“We are very pleased to have been honored with the 2016 State Agency Partnership Award,” said PennDOT Secretary, Leslie S. Richards. “Our dedicated staff and enthusiastic volunteers are truly at the heart of this important endeavor.”
“We are grateful for the support of our state agencies. PennDOT provides tremendous support to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful through its Adopt-A-Highway program, utilizing its network of 7,500 AAH groups to promote the Great American Cleanup of PA and plays a critical role in distributing cleanup supplies,” said Shannon Reiter, President, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.  “The Department of Environmental Protection continues to provide program funding and is integral to the success of the Great American Cleanup of PA and our organization as a whole.”
Keep PA Beautiful and local affiliates working in 14 counties also earned national recognition at the same Conference.
Click Here for a complete list of National Awards recipients.
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.
(Photo: Shannon Reiter, Keep PA Beautiful President presents KAB Partnership Award to Patrick McDonnell, DEP Acting Secretary and Carl Wesneski, PennDOT Roadway Program Coordinator.)
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Keep PA Beautiful, Local Affiliates Working In 14 Counties Earn National Recognition

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