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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes 75 Individuals and Community Organizations with National Awards at 2016 National Conference

More than 75 organizations and individuals from communities across America received national recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards celebration, which took place Monday, Feb. 1, at Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards recognize the passion and dedication of Keep America Beautiful’s affiliates from across the nation as well as partner organizations and individuals who share Keep America Beautiful’s vision of a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live. 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.

“Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards celebrates some of our country’s most dedicated community leaders – representatives from our affiliates and partner organizations – who personify the words imagine, inspire and transform through the work they help lead every day to keep America beautiful in local communities nationwide,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO, Jennifer Jehn. “It’s my privilege to recognize such valuable, mission-based work that helps communities become more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”

Chris Vail, Director of Keep Keith County Beautiful, received the National Community Improvement Award for the Nonprofit/Civic/Community Service organization category for her submission of the efforts of Western Resources Group’s (WRG) recycling efforts.  This is the first time a Nebraska affiliate has taken the National Award.

Western Resources Group, located in Ogallala, NE, has been the household recycling facility in the community since April of 2015.  WRG is noted for taking the recycling circle to completion.  In addition to collection and coordination of the household recycling, they have also developed a product for the farm and ranching community for their animals.  WRG shreds the corrugated cardboard collected into eco-friendly animal bedding. The product, which began shipping to customers in October is a hit.  “There has been an overwhelming response from the area for this product,” said Kurtis Olsen, General Manager of WRG. “We have found the chickens, horses and hogs love our bedding, which is not only eco-friendly, but also it’s likely a healthier and cleaner alternative to what you currently use, and is especially good for horses with COPD or respiratory problems.”



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Keep Keith County Beautiful is an important part of the dynamics of Keith County, the City of Ogallala and Lake McConaughy  We are the organization that is the “go to” for any organized city and county cleanups, Lake McConaughy preservation and cleanup and school education on litter reduction and recycling.  We are a 34 year old organization that continues to benefit the community through litter reduction, recycling and beautification messages. Keep Keith County Beautiful has been a recipient of the Keep American Beautiful Presidential Circle award since 1993.

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