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February 28, 2019, City Council Regular Meeting
7. Appearance by the Board of Keep Savannah Beautiful to Recognize them as a 2019 Recipient of the Governor’s Circle Award
Strategic Priority
Neighborhood Revitalization

The 2019 Governor's Circle Award is presented by Keep Georgia Beautiful for outstanding achievements in community beautification and environmental sustainability.

Keep Savannah Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful.  We collaborate with neighborhood and community partners to keep Savannah clean, green and litter free.  There are three areas of focus for the Keep Savannah Beautiful program:

  • Litter Prevention: We provide technical assistance to neighborhoods for neighborhood cleanups. We help them organize volunteer litter cleanup events as well as education about the challenges and methods of litter prevention.
  • Beautification: As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful, we acquire grants that can be used for beautification projects, tree planting, and other infrastructure improvements to build community pride.
  • Recycling: We promote effective recycling programs to reduce the volume of trash that ends up in landfills, or as litter along our roadsides in our community.

The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation has a 40-year history of doing the little things that make a big difference in Georgia communities. Created as a state program in 1978 by Governor George Busbee, we became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in May 2011. With offices at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, our unique structure as a public-private partnership allows us to benefit from the resources of citizens in all sectors: civic, government, and business. As the first-ever state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, we provide support to the largest network of local KAB affiliates in the country. Our 78 local programs represent 80% of Georgia's population.

The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation is guided by four basic principles:
  • Individual Responsibility: Improving the environment and quality of life of communities begins with personal responsibility and behavior change – individuals becoming engaged stewards of the environment.
  • Education: Education and awareness are the first steps to encouraging positive behaviors toward community improvement.
  • Partnerships: Broad-based community alliances including public, private and civic sectors are essential to achieve sustainable community improvement.
  • Volunteer Action: Engaging volunteers to extend the reach and multiply the impact of local initiatives that change individual behavior and improve the community environment.

Together, in conjunction with the City’s strategic vision, these principles and areas of focus create an extraordinary dynamic for vibrant, livable, and sustainable neighborhoods where Savannahians may live with pride.




Carliss Bates, Keep Savannah Beautiful Coordinator
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