Special to the Journal
Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) celebrated 23 years of outstanding volunteer involvement at their annual Volunteer Celebration Luncheon. They saluted the 34,555 Dougherty County citizens who collectively donated over 243,685 hours of volunteer service to environmentally improve their community during 2010.
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Heritage Bank co-sponsored the luncheon. Lake Park Elementary School students entertained the audience prior to the award ceremony with environmental songs.
Ann Brim-Streat highlighted the year’s achievements by sharing that, through our volunteer’s untiring efforts, the following was achieved:
- 2,716 volunteers participated in Stash-The-Trash.
93 teams wearing KADB T-shirts removed 47 tons of debris from 131 miles of roadway.
- 15 schools participated in KADB’s Litter Free School Zone program. The students agreed to teach their peers, by example, that littering is an unacceptable behavior.
- 29 Adopt-A-Spot partners have adopted a previously unloved area of public property which they now beautify.
- 25 Adopt-A-Highway teams de-littered their two-mile stretch of state highway quarterly.
- 46 Graffiti sites were painted over during the year.
- 42 Trees were planted by 76 volunteers during our Arbor Day Celebration.
- Over 41,150 old telephone books were collected during the telephone book recycling drive.
- 133 different businesses pledged to Recycle in Their Workplace.
- 56 volunteers coordinated the collection of over 74,000 pounds of electronics. 397 monitors, 376 personal computers and 59 television sets were recycled.
- 175 tons of newsprint, 64 tons of cardboard, 18 tons of plastic, 20 tons of glass, 80 tons of magazines, 4 tons of aluminum and 34 tons of office paper were taken to the recycling sites.
- 301 pounds of unwanted outdated drugs were collected during “operation pill drop”
- 149 volunteers removed 1,010 pounds of debris during our sixth Rivers Alive cleanup.
- During 2010, 34,555 dedicated volunteers gave 243,685 hours of service valued at $4,942,519, but their service in terms of environmental impact…was priceless!
Streat noted that during the past 23 years, 1,379,978 volunteers had given an amazing 9,237,783 hours of volunteer service to our community and she gave kudos to today’s award winners who have been selected for their outstanding contributions to make our community more environmentally aware during 2010.
The Clean Business winner was Mauldin and Jenkins on Dawson Road. This business takes pride in the appearance of their facility, and they realize that the visual appearance of their establishment has a direct impact on the economic development of our entire community.
The Natural Resource Management Award was presented to Phoebe’s Willson Hospice House. This facility is the first Health Care Facility in the world to be designed an Audubon Silver Signature certified facility. To attain this designation Phoebe worked closely with its construction professionals to ensure biodiversity, conservation, environmental quality, and sustainable management were built into the project and would continue after construction.
The Beautification Award was presented to the Southgate Neighborhood Watch Association. This group is dedicated to making Albany crime free and visually more attractive. They placed association signs entering their neighborhood, and they have a very active patrol group that monitors neighborhood activities daily.
The Recycling Award went to Darton College, whose students and employees have embarked on a campus-wide Recycling program.
The 2010 Community Enhancement Award was presented to the Marine Corps League who partnered with KADB to visually improve the River Walk by removing debris on and off the paved river trail.
The Communication Award was presented to the City print shop for their outstanding design, layout and print of KADB’s environmental education materials.
The Environmental Education Award was presented to Linda Means for her dedication and hard work to educate our youth on the importance of the quality and quantity of our water supply. Linda has been a vital part of the water festival since its inception eight years ago.
Government Awards were presented to Ralph Douse, City Public Works Employee of the Year; Jimmy Conley, Dougherty County Public Works Employee of the Year; Annie Hill, Dougherty County Solid Waste Department Employee of the Year; Alfred Hunter, City Solid Waste Division Employee of the Year; Anthony Jenkins, Code Enforcement Employee of the Year
KADB’s Volunteer of the Year Award was Shirley Lawless. Shirley is a dedicated environmentalist. She is a member of the City Tree Board, and has participated in tree plantings, tree trimmings at the Trees of Courage on Westover Boulevard and Newton Road.