Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful initiative received a President Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful (KAB). The award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified KAB affiliates in building and sustaining vibrant communities. Specifically, Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful has met KAB’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index to visually assess overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter; calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio demonstrating their ability to leverage community resources by determining the dollar value returned to the community for every dollar invested by government; and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening. “The success of PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful initiative is a direct result of the dedication of its Steering Committee volunteers, Kathryn Armstrong, Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland, Joan Panek, Louise Riley, and Linda Shaffer – they each deserve a gold star. Ultimately, our work is about taking care of the communities of the Pemaquid Peninsula by keeping the area clean and beautiful, and we are proud to be of service in this way,” said Donna Minnis, PWA’s Executive Director.

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. “One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn. “Our affiliates, such as Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful, are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.” PWA became the first Maine affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in May 2014.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. For more information, visit PWA’s mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education.

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