Recognized as a Top Affiliate and for Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
For the second consecutive year, the City of Jacksonville and the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission have been recognized nationally by Keep America Beautiful in two award categories. This year, KJB earned a distinguished service citation in the Affiliate Award category and second place for its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. This recognition builds on KJB’s first-place wins in the same categories in 2010. KAB will present the awards to KJB at the 58th Annual National Conference at the end of November. The conference will be in New Orleans and affiliates nationwide will attend.
The most prestigious award is the Affiliate Award, which recognizes the best affiliate out of more than 600 in the nation. Jacksonville was recognized with a distinguished service citation for its successful litter prevention efforts including citywide cleanup and outreach events and its ongoing partnerships to plant trees and plants at local elementary schools.
“Residents in Jacksonville take pride in their city. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of people who care deeply about keeping this community clean,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “As we work tirelessly to recruit new business, the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission is playing a big role by making our city look its best.”
In addition to the Affiliate Award, Jacksonville’s efforts to reduce cigarette litter received second place in the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program category. Evaluations of all applicants were based on efforts to recreate at a local level successful program strategies outlined by KAB. The strategies include support for local anti-litter laws, efforts to influence behavior through public education, installation of ash receptacles and the distribution of portable and pocket ashtrays.
KJB, through funds donated by KAB, helped to reduce cigarette litter by placing cigarette receptacles at several public locations including Riverside, the Northbank Riverwalk, Downtown, the Eastside and the Southbank. The KJB commission also began a new Bait Tank partnership with St. Vincent’s Hospital, the Haskell Company and the St. Johns Riverkeeper. The Bait Tanks, installed along the St. Johns River, collect cigarette butts and educate the public on their impact on fresh and saltwater. Cigarette butts leach toxins into rivers, lakes and oceans and have an adverse impact on water quality and marine life. KJB is the first KAB affiliate in the nation, and Jacksonville is the first city in Florida, to install Bait Tanks.
A number of partners helped to make the ongoing campaign possible including the city’s Public Works Department, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Water Action Volunteer program and Jacksonville Transportation Authority. In addition, Downtown Vision, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote a cleaner and greener downtown Jacksonville, supported the program by lending its downtown ambassadors to distribute portable ashtrays to urban smokers.
The City of Jacksonville recognizes the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful commissioners and sponsors, as well as their partnering community agencies and volunteers.
Waste Management, Inc.
Bank of America
Anheuser Busch/River Network
Florida Inland Navigation District
Republic Services/Southland Recycling
Hubbard Construction Company
Keep America Beautiful
Henry Schein, Inc.
Clara’s Tidbits Restaurant
Publix Supermarkets Charities
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Henry Schein, Inc.
Lucy’s Crabcakes and Concession
For more information about Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, visit the city’s website at www.coj.net. For a list of all of the Keep America Beautiful 2011 Award Winners, visit www.kab.org. Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization.