PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful initiative received a President Circle Award at the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards Dinner, held during the recent 2015 KAB National Conference in Washington, D.C. The KAB President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.
In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, 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.
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.”
“What a remarkable first year we have had as Maine’s first Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful!” said Donna Minnis, PWA’s Executive Director. “This President’s Circle Award comes on top of three grant awards that enabled us to give recycling bins to the local towns and to make major improvements at our nature preserves. The incredible launching of KPPB was made possible because the PWA Board of Directors had the foresight and wisdom to pursue KAB affiliation, and our successes to date are a result of the dedicated passion of the KPPB Steering Committee volunteers, Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland, Joan Panek, Louise Riley, and Linda Shaffer. Ultimately, it is the communities of the Pemaquid Peninsula that benefit from our work to keep the area clean and beautiful, and we’re excited to be of service in this way.”
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. For more information, visit kab.org.