Bart Qualsett and Don Deitemeyer pick up litter on the east side of Highway 281 in conjunction with Grand Island Area Clean Community System (CCS). (For the Independent/Lauri Shultis)

Keep America Beautiful, a national community improvement nonprofit organization, presented Clean Community System of Grand Island with its President’s Circle Award recognition at its recent national conference in Baltimore.

The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of Keep America Beautiful in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.

In qualifying, CCS met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual community appearance index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering initiatives to end littering, improve recycling and beautify Grand Island’s community.

Clean Community System is one of Keep America Beautiful’s more than 600 community-based affiliates.

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective grassroots community resources is our local affiliates, which engage millions of Americans in volunteer service each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “Our affiliates provide real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. They enrich the communities they serve and help create opportunities for Americans to do beautiful things.”

Clean Community System has been the recipient of the President’s Circle since 2015.

“We encourage individuals and community groups to work together and become mutually accountable to each other for doing their part in making and keeping our community a cleaner, happier and healthier place to live” said Denise McGovern-Gallagher, executive director. “Clean Community System works with businesses, schools, neighborhood groups and local governments to enhance our neighborhoods by reducing, reusing, and recycling our world’s resources for future generations.”

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