NELSONVILLE, Ohio (February 16, 2012) – Keep America Beautiful, Inc. welcomes Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful to its expanding nationwide, community-based network of affiliates, with the certification of Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna announced today.
“As part of our Keep America Beautiful network, Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful has pledged to act as a catalyst for positive community change, with the goal of improving the quality of life for every resident,” said McKenna. “We welcome Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful as an important part of our national affiliate movement, which is keeping America beautiful, one community at a time.”
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful (see coverage map) will join over 1,200 Keep America Beautiful affiliates and participating organizations, including 24 statewide affiliates in the United States, and international affiliates in Canada, South Africa and the Bahamas. The Keep America Beautiful network mobilizes an estimated 4 million volunteers this year alone to take positive action on environmental concerns. As a result, litter is being reduced, solid waste is being managed responsibly, citizens are adopting vacant lots, highways and other public spaces, trees and flowers are replacing trash heaps and tire mounds, and recycling and composting efforts are expanding.
“Clean, livable communities are the foundation for strong local economies,” said McKenna. “Keep America Beautiful affiliates use litter prevention as the obvious place to begin the process of instilling pride and a sense of personal responsibility in citizens for the appearance and well-being of their communities. Our message is a clear and powerful one, and today many of our affiliates are spearheading the revitalization of entire regions and undertaking large-scale renewal projects in partnership with concerned citizens, businesses, government and civic organizations. Keep America Beautiful thanks Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful for taking on this immense challenge.”
“The Wayne National Forest looks forward to working collaboratively with our neighbors to engage individuals in southeast Ohio to take greater responsibility for enhancing their environment,” said Anne Carey, Forest Supervisor for the southeastern Ohio national forest. “It will help create a healthier and safer place to live, work and play, which will benefit local communities and the Forest.”
On April 14, Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful will join forces with Keep Ohio Beautiful and the Ohio Department of Transportation to host a Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup event. Activities start at 9am at the Wayne National Forest Welcome Center located off US Hwy 33 between Nelsonville and Athens. The event will end around noon.
About Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful
Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful is a thirteen county regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Established in 2012, the affiliate works as a collaborative group to engage individuals in southeast Ohio to take greater responsibility for enhancing their environment.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community improvement organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.