Tuesday, December 8, 2015 678-321-4816
2015 Keep Carroll Beautiful Environmental Excellence Award Winners Celebrated
Carrollton, GA – More than 30 community members attended the 9th Annual Keep Carroll Beautiful Environmental Excellence Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, December 8 at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The food was generously provided by Simply Catering and KCB Board Member, Duane Sohl. The annual program honors individuals and organizations working to improve Carroll County’s environment.
“Today’s program celebrates and recognizes 10 years of collaboration by community members to keep Carroll County’s environment beautiful,” said Jacqueline Dost, Executive Director of Keep Carroll Beautiful.
The Environmental Excellence Awards recognizes businesses, non-profit organizations, and community volunteers in Carroll County that provide leadership in environmental protection and practice environmentally sound behavior in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction, recycling, and pollution. The categories include: individual, organization or group, small business, and large business.
About Keep Carroll Beautiful (KCB): Created in 2005 by the Environmental Projects committee of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Keep Carroll Beautiful (KCB) became the certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful serving all of Carroll County. In 2014, Keep Carroll Beautiful was awarded the first place honor for the Great American Cleanup activation from Keep America Beautiful. In 2013 and 2014, the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation bestowed first place honors upon Keep Carroll Beautiful for Waste Reduction and Recycling in the state of Georgia. In addition to this, Keep Carroll Beautiful Executive Director, Jacqueline Dost was honored with the Executive Director of the year award by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation in 2013. KCB coordinates a number of environmental efforts including the Great American Cleanup™ and E-recycling collections twice annually as well as managing more than 20 community garden sites in the west Georgia area. For more information about the Keep Carroll Beautiful, please visit www.keepcarrollbeautiful.org or call the office at 678-321-4816.
2015 Keep Carroll Beautiful Award Winners
Organization Award – This award recognizes an organization that has had extraordinary dedication and commitment of time and resources to make Carroll County a cleaner and better community for everyone.
African-American Male Initiative
University of West Georgia
The African-American Male Initiative Program is dedicated to the success of African-American male students. The primary goal of the AAMI Program is to increase retention, progression, and graduation (RPG) rates of African-American male students attending the University of West Georgia. This group regularly volunteers at Keep Carroll Beautiful events.
Small Business Award – This award recognizes a small business that strives to be a good environmental steward of our community.
Founded 5 years ago, SCRAP Bin is the only creative re-use center in the state of Georgia that has a permanent physical location. This business was incubated by Keep Carroll Beautiful, who served as its fiscal agent for the first 2 years that SCRAP Bin was in business. In addition to this, the two organizations also shared office space together until the early part of 2012.
Large Business Award – This award recognizes a large business that strives to be a good environmental steward of our community.
Flowers Baking Company
Villa Rica, Georgia
The Flowers Baking Company “Green Team” has been a dedicated group of the KCB Adopt-A-Road program for several years now. In addition to regular roadside litter clean ups, the Green Team also works to ensure that good environmental stewardship practices are in place within the company.
Individual Award – This award recognizes dedication by one or more individuals to improve the beauty and cleanliness of our community.
Troy & Pam Walker
This husband and wife duo has been actively volunteering with Keep Carroll Beautiful since they moved to the west Georgia area almost 5 years ago. In addition to their presence at most KCB events, Troy and Pam have been loyal financial supporters of the organization. They have also given generously of their time by constructing dozens of raised beds for community gardens and painting the office of Keep Carroll Beautiful. Pam often volunteers in the office at Keep Carroll Beautiful and Troy served as Board Chair from 2013 until October 2015 when he was transferred to the Atlanta area with his employer, Walmart.com.
Media inquiries as well as requests for complete list of previous award winners may be directed to Keep Carroll Beautiful, Assistant Director, Lindsay Pfau at (678) 321-4816 or email@example.com
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Local Community Gardens to Feed the Needy and Educate Youth
New Community Gardens Will Begin Sprouting up on April 18
Several local churches, schools and community groups have been selected to receive assistance from Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well initiative to start their own community gardens. Some of the gardens will be used to grow food for local needy families and others will focus on educating young people about growing and eating fresh, healthy vegetables and fruit.
“We’re bringing community partners together to help feed our neighbors and reach people who need fresh food,” said Denise Taylor, Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health, Strategy and Brand Officer at Tanner Health System. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity to educate the next generation about growing fresh vegetables and fruit.”
This effort kicks off on April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at The Home Depot in Villa Rica, where the groups will be building raised beds for their gardens throughout the day. Get Healthy, Live Well is providing the garden supplies and soil, and The Home Depot employees will teach the groups how to build the raised beds and help with construction.
There are 11 community partners who were selected to receive funding through Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well initiative, and they will be working on a total of 26 garden beds. The gardens will use 780 bags of soil and 16 rolls of weed barrier, and they will grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruit. Some of the crops will include tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra, corn and strawberries.
This marks the second year of Get Healthy, Live Well’s community garden project. Last April, the first community garden launched in Carrollton’s Knox Park and another in October at Stockmar Park in Villa Rica.
Community gardens provide residents with sustainably grown produce, neighborhood improvements, a sense of community and a connection to the environment. The gardens are a prime example of how local partnerships help create a stronger, healthier community.
Lifeline Mission, an outreach program of Midway Church, is one the community partners growing food for the needy. The group has a strong history of helping the poor in west Georgia.
“I like how this effort brings everyone together — not just a Baptist church or a Methodist church – but a whole bunch of community members working together to help those in need,” said Paul Gentry, director of Lifeline Mission.
Knox Park Community Garden is a partnership between Get Healthy, Live Well, Tanner Health System, Keep Carroll Beautiful, the City of Carrollton, Incredible Edible Carrollton, Carroll County Master Gardeners and The Home Depot. Stockmar Park Community Garden is a partnership between Get Healthy, Live Well, Tanner Health System, Keep Carroll Beautiful, the City of Villa Rica, Pine Mountain Gold Museum, The Home Depot and Carroll County Master Gardeners.
“We’re excited about having another opportunity to bring our community together to initiate positive change and improve the health of many residents of west Georgia,” said Taylor.
Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well initiative is working to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic disease for residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties by decreasing health disparities, reducing obesity rates, eliminating tobacco use, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. The collaborative is funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More information is available online at http://gethealthylivewell.org/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gethealthylivewell.
For Immediate Release CONTACT: Sarah Visser, Keep Georgia Beautiful
Friday, December 12, 2014 (404) 679-4910
2014 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners Celebrated
Atlanta, GA – More than 200 Georgians attended the 36th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon on Friday, December 12 at the Marriott Century Center. The annual program honors individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia’s environment.
“Today’s program celebrates and recognizes 36 years of collaboration by individuals, schools, corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies to keep Georgia’s environment beautiful,” said Kevin Perry, President of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.
The annual awards ceremony recognizes outstanding efforts in the areas of Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction & Recycling and Community Improvement. Individual awards are presented to a public works official, code enforcement official, elected official, student, male volunteer, female volunteer and executive director of the year.
The program also honors Georgia’s Keep America Beautiful Affiliates for their comprehensive environmental impact on the local community. Since its inception in 1978, Georgia’s affiliate network has grown to be the nation’s largest; with 77 local affiliates serving 76% of the state’s population.
The Awards are made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: change agent level partner Georgia Department of Community Affairs, patron level sponsors, Georgia Beverage Association and Georgia Power Foundation; leader level sponsors: Dart Container Corporation, Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, Georgia Pacific Foundation; sustainer level sponsors including Chick-fil-A, MillerCoors, Mohawk Industries and supporter level sponsors Caraustar, , Publix Supermarket Charities, State of Georgia Employees – Charitable Giving Program and Waste Management.
About Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF): Created in 1978 by Governor George Busbee, Keep Georgia Beautiful (KGB), became the first state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. In 2011, the Keep Georgia Beautiful program merged with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Inc. which was created in 1985 to promote private sector financial support for worthwhile educational programs that enhance the environment and the quality of life in Georgia. KGBF coordinates a number of environmental efforts including the Great American Cleanup™ and the statewide Bring One for the Chipper Christmas tree recycling program. The Foundation is based on a fundamental premise that the environmental interests of the state of Georgia and the people who live here are best served when public and private interests work hand-in-hand to achieve common goals. Our connections with the public and private sectors aid us in our mission to support local Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates as they build and sustainable communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, water resource management and community greening. For more information about the KGB Foundation, please visit www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org or call the office at (404) 679-4910.
Media inquiries may be directed to Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Executive Director, Sarah Visser at (404) 679-4910 (office) or email@example.com.
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2014 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners
Corporate Partner Award – This award recognizes a corporate partner that has made outstanding contributions in support of the Keep Georgia Beautiful System and that exemplifies the highest standards for corporate leadership in the environmental sector.
Corporate Partner Award: The Home Depot
“Bring One for the Chipper” Christmas Tree Recycling Award – Recognizes the Georgia community that recycles the most trees per capita during the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” campaign.
“Bring One for the Chipper” Award: Keep Roswell Beautiful
Litter Prevention – Recognizes educational and remedial efforts designed to change attitudes and behaviors, resulting in a positive impact on a community. Efforts may include litter cleanups, enforcement of litter/illegal dumping laws, placing garbage cans in needed areas, signage, storm drain stenciling, classroom education and presentations to civic/community groups.
Non-Profit/Civic Group: The Austin Smith Center for Development
Government: Keep Kennesaw Beautiful
Community Improvement and Greening – Recognizes efforts to preserve and improve the beauty of a community. Efforts may include outdoor classrooms, enhancement of areas, replanting and restoration of areas and maintenance of existing areas.
Non-Profit/ Civic Group: Keep Warner Robins Beautiful
Government Agency: Forsyth County
Business: Lowe’s Home Improvement, Cornelia
Waste Reduction and Recycling– Recognizes the efforts of organizations that provide environmental education or other conservation messages to change attitudes and promote responsible waste handling. Efforts may include source or waste reduction, recycling, composting.
Non-Profit/ Civic Group: Keep Carroll Beautiful, Inc.
School/Youth Group: Cousins Middle School Community Based Instruction Class
Government Agency: City of Snellville Recycling Center
Business: Dart Container Corporation
Keep Georgia Beautiful Affiliate Awards – Any Keep America Beautiful (KAB) certified affiliate in good standing with KAB is eligible to apply. “Good Standing” requires that your network service fee be paid in full as well as timely submission of the Semi-Annual and Annual Report forms to KAB. This awards application covers program activities for the 12-month period through June 30, 2014.
Keep Chatsworth Murray Beautiful
Keep Smyrna Beautiful
Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful
Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission
Keep Cobb Beautiful
The Code Enforcement Official of the Year Award – honors an individual who is directly employed in code enforcement activities by a city or county. The nominee demonstrates an ongoing commitment in his or her job.
Code Enforcement Official of the Year – Jim McLaughlin, Troup County —- more —
2014 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners (Continued)
The Public Works Employee of the Year Award – This award honors an individual who is directly employed in the solid waste or public works department of a city or county and has shown ongoing dedication to his or her job.
Public Works Employee of the Year –Charles Pope, Carroll County
The Student of the Year Award – This award honors a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication in raising awareness about solid waste issues, litter prevention, and/or the need for their peers to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resources and public lands.
Student of the Year – Kelly Childers, Crisp County
The Man of the Year “Steve Reynolds Award” – This award honors an outstanding man who has demonstrated lifelong leadership in raising public awareness about solid waste issues, litter prevention and/or the need for citizens to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resources and public lands. This award is dedicated to a volunteer or an employee who excels beyond his normal job description.
Man of the Year – Marcus Waters, Crisp County
The Woman of the Year “Carolyn Crayton Award” honors an outstanding woman who has demonstrated lifelong leadership in raising public awareness about solid waste issues, litter prevention and/or the need for citizens to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resources and public lands. This award is dedicated to a volunteer or an employee who excels beyond her normal job description.
Woman of the Year – Bejie Herrin, Cobb County
The Elected Official of the Year – Honors a state or local elected official that strongly supports environmental and community improvement activities.2014 represents the inaugural year for this award.
Elected Official of the Year – Mayor Robert A. B. Reichert, Macon-Bibb County
The President’s Award – Selected by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation Board Chair, the President’s Award recognizes someone that has made outstanding contributions to Georgia’s environment in support of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation’s mission.
The President’s Award – Representative Jan Tankersley
Executive Directors of the Year
“Lynn Cobb Award” – The award is named in honor of Lynn Cobb, who began as a volunteer with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Program at its creation and served as state leader for more than 20 years. Lynn has a passion for mentoring new directors and this award recognizes an outstanding director with less than ten years experience in the KAB system. Jacqueline Dost is the first recipient of this award.
Executive Director of the Year, “Lynn Cobb Award” – Kathy Reed, Keep North Fulton Beautiful
“Barbara Mason Award” – The award is named in honor of Barbara Mason, who dedicated her life to preserving the environment and establishing the Keep America Beautiful system in Georgia and the nation. Under her leadership, significant improvements were made in Georgia in the areas of waste reduction, conservation of resources, property maintenance, quality of life and beautification. This award recognizes an affiliate leader with an established record of success and is awarded to a director only once in their career.
Executive Director of the Year, “Barbara Mason Award” – Stacee Farrell, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful
Media inquiries may be directed to Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Executive Director, Sarah Visser at (404) 679-4910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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