Norfolk Environmental Programs Recognized

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Keep Norfolk Beautiful (KNB) and its thousands of volunteers recently received national recognition for exemplary performance as it works toward a clean, green, and beautiful community.

In qualifying for the President’s Circle Award, KNB met the following standards of merit:

  • Its annual Community Appearance Index (using indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti and other factors to assess beautification efforts);
  • A cost-to-benefit analysis showing the impact of KNB efforts
  • Holding programs to combating littering, promote recycling and beautify Norfolk.

“One of (our) most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons, in awarding a President’s Circle Award to Keep Norfolk Beautiful.

“Keep Norfolk Beautiful is very proud to receive this year’s recognition on behalf of the 6,000 volunteers who have given 17,000 hours to make Norfolk a better place to live, work and play,” said Lisa Renee Jennings, public service coordinator for Public Works.

On the regional level, KNB and the Norfolk Environmental Commission were recognized by the Elizabeth River Project for several efforts, including a demonstration of a pollinator meadow (photo), expanded oyster shell recycling, wetland education workshops, tree giveaways, and a My Block is Beautiful program to engage youth in litter cleanups, painting rain barrels for distribution, and recycling.

Keep Norfolk Beautiful leads citizens to environmental stewardship by providing education and volunteer opportunities to create safe and inclusive neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.norfolk.gov/KNB.

source: City of Norfolk Virginia

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