December 6, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“KEEP MECKLENBURG BEAUTIFUL” HONORED NATIONALLY FOR EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE
Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County’s litter prevention initiative “Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful” has received the President’s Circle Award from the national “Keep America Beautiful” organization. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary effort made by affiliates to reduce litter, minimize waste, and beautify and improve their local communities.
Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful operates in the County’s unincorporated areas and towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. Keep Charlotte Beautiful operates inside the city of Charlotte.
The award was presented at Keep America Beautiful’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, December 2. In qualifying for the President’s Circle Award, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of excellence by conducting an annual litter index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and engaging volunteers to take greater responsibility for their community environment.
Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful celebrated its national certification in summer 2004 with its first litter prevention initiative - persuading candidates to pledge to have their campaign signs removed from public rights of way within 10 days of the primary and general elections.
Mecklenburg County is an affiliate member of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful and the County’s litter prevention coordinator, Brenda Barger, serves as executive director. “This award is a testament to the many people in Mecklenburg County who are dedicated to keeping our community clean,” said Barger. “To receive the President’s Circle Award in our first year of existence is truly an honor.”
Keep America Beautiful, Inc. is a national nonprofit public education and community improvement organization whose network of more than 540 affiliates engages individuals in programs that prevent littler and reduce, reuse, recycle and properly manage waste materials.