COUNTY PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

COUNTY PROGRAM RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

A Doña Ana County community beautification initiative was recently honored for its outstanding efforts in litter prevention at the 2011 National Keep America Beautiful Conference in New Orleans.

Keep Doña Ana County Beautiful was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation for its implementation of multiple community improvement and litter prevention programs, including 11 different litter eradication and prevention events in rural parts of Doña Ana County. The various events took place throughout the entire year and cleaned up 31 miles of roadways and 79 illegal dumpsites. Altogether, more than 5,300 volunteer service hours were used in the initiative.

“These projects have continued to make a positive difference in our community, which has helped to maintain and sustain our program,” said Officer Joe Padilla of the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Codes Enforcement and the coordinator for Keep Doña Ana County Beautiful.

The Keep America Beautiful (KAB) conference brought together leaders from across the country to share best practices and celebrate the successes of the last calendar year. Awards are open to all KAB affiliates, government agencies, nonprofit or civic organizations, and youth groups or schools for program activities from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. The honored organizations encourage individuals to make simple daily choices and engage in volunteer activities that improve their communities and their local environment.

“It is my privilege to honor Keep Doña Ana County Beautiful and celebrate its dedication in engaging volunteers to make its community flourish,” said Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “These award-winning partners, such as Doña Ana County, serve as a great inspiration in our national effort to keep America beautiful.”