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Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Forms to Build and Sustain a Vibrant Ridgeland

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful joins a national network of Keep America Beautiful affiliates in a recent affiliation ceremony. Pictured are members of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful (KRB) with city officials and a representative from Keep America Beautiful (from left) Pat Busby, KRB member; Lea Anne Stacy, KRB member; Jan Richardson, KRB member; Gene McGee, Mayor; Alan Hart, director of community development; Sue Smith, Keep America Beautiful national director of education and training;  Drew Smith, code enforcement officer and KRB advisor; Mike McCollum, director of public works and KRB acting executive director; Claire Jackson, KRB member; and Phyllis Parker, KRB member.

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful joins a national network of Keep America Beautiful affiliates in a recent affiliation ceremony. Pictured are members of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful (KRB) with city officials and a representative from Keep America Beautiful (from left) Pat Busby, KRB member; Lea Anne Stacy, KRB member; Jan Richardson, KRB member; Gene McGee, Mayor; Alan Hart, director of community development; Sue Smith, Keep America Beautiful national director of education and training; Drew Smith, code enforcement officer and KRB advisor; Mike McCollum, director of public works and KRB acting executive director; Claire Jackson, KRB member; Phyllis Parker, KRB member; and Lynda Assink, KRB member.

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Forms to
Build and Sustain a Vibrant Ridgeland

Local Keep America Beautiful Organization Joins National Network of Affiliates  

 

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) welcomes Ridgeland to its expanding nationwide, community-based network of affiliates, with the affiliation of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons announced on February 25, 2014.

“As part of our Keep America Beautiful Network, Ridgeland has pledged to act as a catalyst for positive community change, with the goal of improving the quality of life for every resident,” said Lyons. “We welcome Keep Ridgeland Beautiful as an important part of our national affiliate movement, which is building and sustaining vibrant communities.”

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful will join more than 1,200 KAB affiliates and partnering organizations, including 24 statewide affiliates in the United States, and international affiliates in Canada, South Africa and the Bahamas. The KAB network of affiliates mobilizes more than an estimated 4 million volunteers each year to take positive action on environmental concerns. As a result, litter is being reduced, solid waste is being managed responsibly, citizens are improving vacant lots, highways and other public spaces, trees and flowers are replacing trash heaps and mounds of scrap ties, and recycling and composting efforts are expanding.

“Clean, livable communities are the foundation for strong local economies,” said Lyons. “Keep America Beautiful affiliates use litter prevention as an obvious place to begin the process of instilling pride and a sense of personal responsibility for the appearance and well-being of one’s community. 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 and religious organizations. Keep America Beautiful thanks Ridgeland for taking on this immense challenge.”

The Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Committee as required will maintain the affiliation with Keep America Beautiful, plan and execute the Great American Cleanup, assess the City’s Recycling program, participate in household hazardous waste day, judge the Christmas Parade and Yard Decorations in order to bring people together to create a vibrant community, maintain environmental stewardship and improve property values.

“I am pleased to report that we have an energized group of committee members that is looking to the future to implement its mission statement fostering environmental stewardship and making a direct positive impact on the Community,” remarked Mike McCollum, adviser to Keep Ridgeland Beautiful.

The Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Affiliation Ceremony was held on February 25, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in the Board Room of Ridgeland City Hall, 304 Highway 51, Ridgeland, Mississippi.

About Keep Ridgeland Beautiful

The Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Committee consists of a Chairman and nine committee members that are dedicated to improving the beauty and environment of Ridgeland. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful will keep as its mission the planning and execution of the Great American Cleanup, assessing the City of Ridgeland Recycling program, participating in household hazardous waste collection day, judging the Ridgeland Christmas Parade and Christmas Decorating Contest and other duties in order to bring people together to create a vibrant community, maintain environmental stewardship and improve property values.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliate and partners including state recycling organizations, the national nonprofit works with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, inspire generations of environmental stewards and generate positive impact on local economies. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org.

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