Friday, April 29, 2011

Great American Cleanup: Join the Gwinnett Chamber in Making Gwinnett America’s Greenest and Cleanest Community!

Thousands of citizens will join Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and get in the saddle and "giddy up" to make Gwinnett America's Greenest and Cleanest community. The first step towards achieving this goal is to participate in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program.

The 2011 Great American Cleanup is reminding families and businesses that a greener and cleaner environment for us all starts in our own back yards. Giddy up for green and get involved! Beginning March 15, any interested local community groups and organizations can look in their own backyards for a project or visit and select a Great American Cleanup activity. All projects must be completed between March 15 and May 15 to compete for cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded based on the biggest transformation and impact on the community.

For more than 30 years, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has inspired the caretakers of our futureby building strategic alliances among citizens, businesses, civic organizations and government that motivate everybody to roll up their sleeves and produce real results on the ground, where it counts.

"Communities that are clean and cared for help deter crime and keep our streets and neighborhoods safe. Our organization is pleased to announce the Gwinnett Chamber as a strategic partner for our program", said Bartow Morgan, chair, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful.

"The Gwinnett Chamber is pleased to support this effort," said Jim Maran, president & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. "Green and sustainable communities provide a solid quality of life essential to business growth and recruitment. It is imperative to Gwinnett's long-term stability that we strive toward a greener and cleaner environment."

The Gwinnett Chamber will be participating in the Great American Cleanup by holding an all-day cleanup of Shorty Howell Park in Duluth on Friday, May 13. Chamber members are invited to join the Gwinnett Chamber to "play in the dirt" and give back to the community. Participants only need to bring/wear work clothes and bring garden gloves. The park staff will furnish the rest. There are picnic grounds, so it is encouraged that participants bring their lunch and eat in the pavilion. For more information, contact Pat Brannon at 770-232-88017 or Click here to register online.

In addition to participating in the Gwinnett Chamber's cleanup efforts, Chamber members and local organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate in their own cleanup efforts. A list of project activities can be found at www.

To get more information and download an application packet and report results, interested groups should visit

HOW TO Participate in the Great American Cleanup : Gwinnett Challenge!

The Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest annual community improvement program. Put a paintbrush in your holster, and make a difference in your community. Your work could win you cash prizes!

Take the reins

1. Get in the saddle: Choose at least one activity from the Great American Activity List

2. Head 'em up, move 'em out: Collect volunteers and resources

3. Don't stop kickin' till the clock stops tickin': Conduct your project by May 15, 2011

4. The round-up: Share your results! Submit a post-project summary by May 25, 2011 with 5-10 digital before and after pictures

5. Hi-yo, Silver!: Compete for cash prizes

What projects are elegible?

• City Slickers Need Forests Too (tree planting and care)

• Giddy-up for Green (beautification)

• Litter, there ain't room in this town for the two of us (litter


• Holler at the Squalor (dumpsite cleanups)

• Graffiti's a Goner (graffiti eradication)

• Recycling Round-up

• Neaten Up Your Neck of the Woods (neighborhood


Take our suggestion, or create your own project. So much to do, so get along lil' doggie!

What groups are eligible?

• Neighborhood or Tenant Associations

• School Groups

• Civic Groups

• Scout Groups

• Athletic Groups

• Churches

What are the prizes?

• Seven $500 cash prizes awarded! (1 in each of 7 categories)

• One winner will be chosen out of each category by a

Selection Committee

• Prizes are awarded based on the biggest transformation and

impact on the community

• Winning entries will be posted on GC&B website


Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services, Inc.

Connie Wiggins, Executive Director

Phone: 770.822.5187

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