Keep Sarasota County Beautiful wins national recognition

Presentation made at recent conference in Orlando

Image courtesy Sarasota County
Image courtesy Sarasota County

Keep Sarasota County Beautiful received the 2015 Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award at Keep America Beautiful’s recent national conference in Orlando, the county has announced.

“The award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities,” a news release says.

“In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening,” the release adds.

“Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 600 statewide and community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places,” the release continues.

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of community-based affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn in the release. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound,” she added in the release.

“We are delighted to be honored again this year as a recipient of the President’s Circle Award,” said Wendi Crisp, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful program coordinator, in the release. “It’s a testament to the efforts of our staff and volunteers who work to fulfill our mission of enhancing and promoting public interest and participation in the general improvement of the environment throughout Sarasota County.”