Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful receives state recognition for environmental achievement

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful was once again presented with the Governor’s Circle Award for its outstanding achievements in community beautification by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation at the nonprofit’s Legislation Day on Feb. 14. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful was once again presented with the Governor’s Circle Award for its outstanding achievements in community beautification by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation at the nonprofit’s Legislation Day on Feb. 14.

The ceremony, which was held at the state capitol, honored the organization’s “exemplary” performance in litter reduction, waste minimization, community greening and overall environmental sustainability, a news release said.

“We believe that everyone deserves to live in an environment that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful,” said Natalie Johnston-Russell, executive director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. “The recipients of this award are an instrumental part of that mission, and we are thankful for their dedication and commitment.”

To help keep the county clean, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful conducts an annual litter index, calculates its cost-to-benefit ratio, engages volunteers to take greater responsibility in their community and is an active member of the Keep Georgia Beautiful network.

“We are truly honored to be recognized with a Governor’s Circle Award again this year,” said Schelly Marlatt, executive director for Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. “Of course, what is every bit as rewarding as the award itself is the opportunity to be part of a network of organizations all working together towards a common goal at the community, state and national levels. When you put all of us together in one room, it’s a powerful thing — making it easy to believe that we can take on any issue and we can accomplish virtually anything.”

In 2018, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful launched the Food Waste Warrior and Plant It Forward Community Garden programs in local schools, hosted its annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands, America Recycles Day and new Hazardous Household Waste events and awarded $3,500 in scholarships to local students.

“My staff, board members and I are incredibly proud to be affiliated with Keep America Beautiful and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, and we can hardly wait to see what 2019 has in store for us all,” Marlatt said.