KTB wins national award

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Keep Troy Beautiful’s efforts have earned national recognition.

The local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful earned the 2015 President Circle Award during the recent national conference in Orlando.

“We are excited to receive this award for the second year in a row, as it recognizes the hard work of the board, staff and many volunteers,” said Melissa Sanders, executive director of Keep Troy Beautiful. “We will continue to encourage individuals and community groups to work together and become mutually accountable to each other for doing their part in keeping our city a cleaner, happier and healthier place to live.”

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The award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.

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 Keep Troy Beautiful affiliate conducts a variety of programs throughout the year, including a recycling day each fall and a community-wide “team up to clean up” campaign each spring.

“There are many dedicated leaders and people in Troy who understand the importance of a clean, beautiful city for our residents and many visitors who come to Troy,” Sanders said. “We believe in our mission and that we will be able to accomplish great things for the City of Troy.”

Keep Troy Beautiful is an initiative of Mayor Jason A. Reeves.

“Our main goals are to increase recycling, eradicate litter, beautify our city, and promote community greening,” Sanders said. “Our programs are designed around these goals.”

Sanders said the Keep Troy Beautiful effort aims to inspire each individual to take responsibility for taking care of the community.

“It takes just one person, one school, one business, one organization to positively impact our community,” she said.