- Dec. 15, 2020
-- As 2020 winds down to a close – marking Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's 40th
anniversary, the environmentally focused nonprofit is proud to announce that it has been honored with its 7th Governor's Circle Award. Presented by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, the award recognizes exemplary performance in litter reduction, waste minimization, and community greening. In addition to being an active member of KGBF's network, to qualify for the Governor's Circle Award, affiliates must be in good standing with Keep America Beautiful – the national nonprofit that oversees state and local programming. Requirements include conducting an annual litter index, calculating the affiliate's cost/benefit ratio, and engaging volunteers in taking greater responsibility for their community spaces.
Over the course of 2020, some of the highlights of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's (GC&B) role within the community included: Devoting 312 combined hours from 104 volunteers to chip 1,500 trees into mulch during Bring One for the Chipper 2020
| Removing 9,650 pounds of trash from Bromolow Creek & Wetlands during Great Gwinnett Wetlands
2020 by teaming up with Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources and 55 volunteers in just three hours | and Gathering 4,763 gallons of latex paint, 28.13 tons of electronics and 28.14 tons of paper for shredding from 1,692 vehicles in five hours with Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management during America Recycles Day
2020 - just to name a few.
"This year proved more challenging than most for many nonprofits and companies," said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. "The same held true for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful as we had to make some tough calls regarding event cancellations – including the celebration of our 40th
anniversary. However, I am so proud of my team and board members in our ability to pivot to still meet the needs of our community and environment. We were still able to educate and motivate our neighbors to act and we managed to pull off several highly impactful events despite the pandemic. While we may not have achieved the big 'wins' as we have in the past due to the cancelled events, we were able to maintain our impact and take advantage of this time to plan for the future. We are honored to be part of an incredible network of KGBF and Keep America Beautiful affiliates. We inspire one another daily as we strive to inspire members of our corresponding communities to act on behalf of the environment."
Members of the Gwinnett County community are invited to visit www.GwinnettCB.org
to learn how they can play a more active environmental stewardship role close to home.