More than 200 Georgians attended the 35th Annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, December 11 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. The annual program honors individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia’s environment.
“Today’s program celebrates and recognizes 35 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, 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 percent of the state’s population.
“We’re proud of our partnership with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, and of the impact its affiliates are making in communities across the state,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, a major partner of Keep Georgia Beautiful. “They are instrumental in helping create places that attract investment and that enhance the quality of life for Georgia’s citizens and existing businesses.”
The Awards were made possible by the support of conference and awards partner Coca-Cola, steward level partner Georgia Department of Community Affairs and several corporate sponsors. The latter include patron level sponsors Georgia Beverage Association and Georgia Power; premiere level sponsor Georgia Pacific; and leader sponsors Chick-fil-A, Dart Container Corporation, Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation and SP Recycling. Sustainer level sponsors were Caraustar Industries, MillerCoors, Mohawk, Publix Supermarket Charities, SAIC, State of Georgia Employees – Charitable Giving Program, and Waste Management. Supporting sponsors were APCO Graphics, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores and MEAG Power.
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, visit www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org or call the office at 404-679-4910.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses. DCA does this through its three core functions: community and economic development; local government assistance; and safe and affordable housing. Community and economic development programs include a variety of resources and incentives designed to help communities spur private sector job creation and to help them meet their development goals. Local government assistance programs include planning, research, rural development, downtown development, volunteerism, building codes, and solid waste reduction. Housing programs include special financing for first-time homebuyers, development resources and rental assistance to benefit low and moderate income Georgia families and seniors, and homelessness prevention. For more information, please visit the DCA website at www.dca.ga.gov.
2013 Keep Georgia Beautiful Award Winners
Corporate Partner Award – New for our 35th Anniversary, 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 Coca-Cola Company
“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: City of Avondale Estates
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 Allatoona Community Association
Business: Coastal Courier
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: Wesleyan Woods Garden Club, Macon, Georgia
Government Agency: Clarkesville Main Street
Business: Caterpillar, Inc.
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: Emory Recycles at Emory University
Government Agency: Keep Cobb Beautiful
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 2012 Semi-Annual and Annual Report forms to KAB. This awards application covers program activities for the 12-month period through June 30, 2013.
Keep Liberty County 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 – Captain Andre Niles, Gainesville
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 – Stephen Lawson, Macon
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 – Daniela Cardona, Atlanta
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 – Michael “Pic” Petelle, Marietta
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 – Peggy Martin, Allatoona Community
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” – Jacqueline Dost, Keep Carroll 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” – Gloria Weston-Smart, Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission