Keep Champaign Beautiful, our local version of Keep America Beautiful, was recognized by the parent organization with a 2018 President's Circle Award for its "exemplary performance as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and for its commitment to clean, green, and beautiful communities."

From the press release:

In qualifying for the President’s Circle Award, the City of Champaign met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, administering initiatives to end littering, improved recycling, and beautifying Champaign. Keep Champaign Beautiful is one of Keep America Beautiful’s 600 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts are supported by millions of volunteers and help to create beautiful public spaces.

“The City of Champaign has only been an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful for four years, so receiving the President’s Circle Award in such a short time is a real honor,” said David Oliver, Code Compliance Manager.  “The Keep Champaign Beautiful program has been a great way to rally our community and to work together towards a shared goal of beautifying our community through events like America Recycles Day and other community cleanup events.”

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