Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful Named Keep America Beautiful Affiliate of the Year.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) was chosen as the First Place Affiliate of the year for 2012-13 in the 50,001 to 200,001 population category. As a local affiliate of the Keep Georgia Beautiful program and the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) program, KACCB positively affects the community by bringing state and national programs to Athens and engaging citizens in volunteer service. On an annual basis, KACCB administers seven litter prevention programs, eight recycling programs/events, and seven community beautification programs. It also participates in KAB America Recycles Day, the Great American Clean-up, National Planting Day, and the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. Last year, KACCB completed 29 workshops and held 23 outreach events with 8,763 community members attending. More importantly, it brought 23,763 volunteers into action for the community. The program also has a history of leadership in environmental education through the Athens-Clarke County Green Schools Program and delivers outreach education efforts to 5,800 students in 29 schools and daycare centers. KACCB – formerly the Clean and Beautiful Commission – was created in 1988 and certified as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) in 1989. Though the program changed its name in 1998 and became affiliated with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government's Solid Waste Department in 1999, KACCB has pursued KAB’s goals since its inception. Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, KAB works with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver sustainable impact. A video clip of the award presentation from the Mayor and Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 4 is available online through the Videos section of the website or through this direct link. For additional information, visit KACCB or call 706-613-3501 ext. 312.
KACCB has been named the 2012-2013 Keep Georgia Beautiful Affiliate of the Year
This very prestigious award honors one affiliate each year on their comprehensive work in litter prevention, community improvement, waste reduction, and how they sustainably leverage their program to improve the quality of life in their communities. "Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful is consistently one of the most innovative and successful affiliates in the state. KACCB is to be commended for the positive difference they are making every day in Athens-Clarke County's environment and we are thrilled to recognize them as affiliate of the year in their population category," says Sarah Visser, Executive Director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.
Georgia has the largest network of affiliates in the Nation with affiliates in 75 counties. KACCB staff will be recognized at Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation Annual Awards Event on December 11, at Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta.
KACCB will also be taking home second place for the Community Greening Award. This award recognizes efforts of a group to improve, beautify, and preserve the quality of life in their community. KACCB is being recognized for their Community Toolshed Program that helps volunteers and organizations implement community greening and beautification projects by providing tools, plants, and support for projects.