Clean & Green announces that it has received a $10,000 cash grant from national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) as part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Waste Management (WM) that encourages local solutions to improving community environments. The award was presented by Waste Management of Milton’s, Pam LaCourse at Clean & Greens annual meeting.
In the competition, KAB challenged nearly 600 local affiliates nationwide to present innovative and ambitious proposals for projects designed to educate and encourage community environmental stewardship. This year, 55 organizations submitted proposals and Green was one of the final 15 chosen to receive a WM Think Green® grant.
The winning proposal is to initiate an event recycling program that will provide the recycling of paper, plastics, and cans at all festivals that are held within City Parks and other public property. Clean & Green intends to be the community leader in festival recycling efforts; providing attendees the opportunity to make Pensacola a greener place to live. The goal is to decrease the amount of solid waste collected at festivals by 20%; focusing on a strategy towards educating festival attendees and properly disposing of recyclables. Clean & Green intends to utilize the grant to educate citizens and visitors at local festivals, and to demonstrate by example that recycling is an alternative to filling our landfill. We want to make it second nature for festival goers and organizers to separate recyclables at the events they attend/host.
“Our affiliates’ work at the grassroots level exemplifies the mission of our national organization by engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.” stated Keep America Beautiful president and CEO Matthew M. McKenna. “We are proud of Clean & Green and look forward to seeing the positive impact festival/event recycling has in the City of Pensacola.”
“WM is committed to providing environmental solutions to the communities it serves, and to being a trusted and valued community partner; so we strongly support KAB’s mission of community beautification,” said Barry Caldwell, WM senior vice president of public affairs and communications and chairman of the KAB board. “WM is very pleased to partner with KAB to support Clean & Green in implementing a creative solution that make its community cleaner and safer, and improves the quality of life for residents.”
The wide ranges of winning programs are creative and reflect the diverse interests and needs of the communities involved. These programs encourage recycling and reuse, provide hands-on environmental education, convey the importance of stewardship to the public through a variety of means such as public service announcements, videos and booklets, and enhance neighborhoods through beautification and community greening. Support of these initiatives marks WM’s continuing commitment to local community quality of life and to building awareness about sustainable resources for effective management of waste.
Waste Management partners with KAB on additional programs, which include community beautification grants and as a National Sponsor for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup™, the nation’s largest community improvement program.