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Governor Deal Gives Kudos to Georgia's Gwinnett County During Final Environmental Address
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Event Included Scholarship and Awards Presentation, Debut of Organization's New Logo and Governor's Speech Before a Crowd of Nearly 1000 Business and Community Leaders
By: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
In addition to the Governor's stirring speech, the event included the presentation of a $2,500 scholarship to Georgia Gwinnett College Junior, Candi Abbey and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's recognition of its 2018 Environmental Consciousness and Stewardship (ECoS) Award winners:
Green Business Leader of the Year:Republic Services
Green Community Partner of the Year:Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
Jim Steele Green Educator of the Year:Discovery High School
Green Government of the Year:Gwinnett County Department of Corrections
Green Recycler of the Year:MetroGreen Recycling
Connie Wiggins Environmental Legacy Award:Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners' Charlotte Nash
"As we came together to honor our ECoS Award winners and welcome Governor Deal to the stage one last time, it was incredibly moving to have the Governor honor Gwinnett County throughout his speech," said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. "He assured us that not only HE recognizes the hard work we're doing to make our county one of the cleanest, greenest and most livable communities in the nation, but that the rest of the state sees this, too. The work we are doing is incredibly important, not only for the well-being of our neighbors, but also for the viability of our community's economic development. A clean environment – free of graffiti and litter – proves attractive to companies considering a move here. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has an integral role to play in that equation, and it's truly wonderful to be recognized for that fact. I also loved Chairman Charlotte Nash's reaction to being recognized with the prestigious Environmental Legacy Award. She was so touched and surprised by this well-deserved honor. She plays an enormous part in making our county a 'community' – no small task given the size of Gwinnett County."
Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful also used the occasion to debut the eco-focused organization's new logo. Comprised of shades of blue, white and green, the mosaic tree shape of the logo represents how all of the elements of the organization work together to benefit the environment. The icon can be viewed as a vertical tree image or as an aerial view of the network between Gwinnett's greenspaces and water sources. The aerial view also represents the connection between Gwinnett's individual neighborhoods and the community as a whole. The logo was designed by the award-winning team at Lawrenceville-
To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, donate to its efforts, sign on to one of its programs or volunteer for an upcoming cleanup event, please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.
About Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful: Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc. (GCB) is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It boasts an expansive community-based network dedicated to finding long-term solutions to environmental and quality of life issues through individual action. The organization is guided by a Citizens Advisory Board that represents all sectors of the Gwinnett County community. A nationally recognized leader in creating cleaner, greener and more livable communities throughout Gwinnett, GCB involves more than 100,000 volunteers annually to clean and restore public places, recycle more, protect watersheds and develop the next generation of environmental stewards. To learn more about Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please visit www.GwinnettCB.org.
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