(February 18, 2015) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) received top honors at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Dinner, held during the recent 2015 KAB National Conference in Washington, D.C. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful was honored for its outstanding promotion of KAB’s mission statewide and for its program support for local affiliates in Pennsylvania. Established in 1953, KAB consists of a national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts aim to transform public spaces into beautiful places.
“Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup Awards recognize the outstanding success of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for its GAC program,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “It’s my privilege to honor Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for their important achievements and leadership.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to accept these awards on behalf of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. The success of our organization and its programs, particularly the Great American Cleanup of PA’s, is a direct result of the dedication of our volunteers and on-going commitment of our Business Council Members and partners, particularly the PA Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, PA Food Merchants Association and the Pennsylvania Waste Industry Association.”
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful earned recognition for the following initiatives and accomplishments from Keep America Beautiful:
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful earned the Diamond Level State Affiliate Recognition Award for management and administration. The Diamond Level is the highest level of recognition.
U.S. State Department of Transportation Partnership and Great American Cleanup Award – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was recognized for supporting the Great American Cleanup. The Pennsylvania DOT was one of seven Keep America Beautiful/U.S. State Department of Transportation Partner Award recipients.
“To reduce roadside litter and illegal dumping, KAB state affiliates must develop effective public-private partnerships,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Jennifer Jehn. “Our State Department of Transportation Partner Awards represents the fine work that state DOTs achieve with their respective KAB state affiliate partners.”
Best Statewide Promotion of the Great American Cleanup – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in partnership with the PA Department of Environmental Protection and PA Department of Transportation, for the development and circulation of a statewide public service announcement.
2014 Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award – Presented to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Keep York Beautiful for their management and program excellence.
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Award – Keep Lancaster County Beautiful received honorable mention for implementing the program.
Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference, KAB’s premier educational and networking event, brings together KAB’s national network of state and local affiliate directors, business leaders, policymakers and other national experts who focus on framing new ideas and strategies to build and sustain vibrant communities.
“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is honored and grateful to be a part of the Keep America Beautiful National Conference where resources and ideas can be shared with a broad network of partners,” explains Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, “We are honored to be recognized by this national organization.”
About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 113 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate and take action, visit kab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.