Less than a decade later, that program – Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Inc., an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful, Inc organization. – is again being recognized as a leader when it comes to cleaning up litter here, and to help keep it from happening in the first place.
Mecklenburg County’s Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful recently received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award at the President’s Circle Award Luncheon, during Keep America Beautiful’s 57th annual National Conference in Orlando, FL. The award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit to reduce litter, minimize waste and recycle, and beautify their local communities. It is the seventh time Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful has been recognized by the award.
‘We are honored to be recognized by Keep America Beautiful for the work the KMB Board does throughout the year,” said Jake Wilson, executive director of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. “We’re looking forward to the challenges the New Year will bring.”
In qualifying for a 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, according to Wilson. In addition, award recipients must conduct activities in Keep America Beautiful’s three core focus areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification/community greening.
KMB encourages residents of Mecklenburg County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their environment, thereby resulting in a community of pride and choice for people to live, work and recreate. Among its unique projects is an all-volunteer recycling effort at Bank of America Stadium, where more than 45 tons of bottles and cans have been collected outside the stadium on Panthers game days over the last two seasons.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.