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Waste Management Awards $150,000 in Think Green(R) Grants to Keep America Beautiful Communities

Submitted by: Keep America Beautiful

Categories: Community Development, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Sep 09, 2009 – 09:10 AM EST


STAMFORD, Conn., Sep. 09 /CSRwire/ - Fifteen Keep America Beautiful affiliates will share $150,000 in cash grants from Waste Management. The Waste Management Think Green® Community Improvement Grants are part of a nationwide effort that encourages local solutions to improving community environments.

Waste Management (NYSE:WM) is partnering with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) for the third year of the Think Green grants program. More than 580 local KAB affiliates were challenged to present proposals for ambitious projects representing a wide array of stewardship, community outreach and educational projects. Fifteen recipients were chosen from a nationwide field of 42 entries and will each receive a $10,000 award to bring their proposals to fruition.

"The ambitious work of KAB's affiliate organizations demonstrates our mission to engage individuals in taking greater responsibility for improving their community environments," said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. "We look forward to seeing all of these important projects become a reality thanks to the generosity of Waste Management's grant."

The wide ranges of winning programs are creative and reflect the diverse interests and needs of the communities involved. These programs encourage recycling and reuse, provide hands-on environmental education, convey the importance of stewardship to the public through a variety of means such as public service announcements, videos and booklets, and enhance neighborhoods through community beautifications. Support of these initiatives marks Waste Management's continuing commitment to local community quality of life and to also building awareness about sustainable resources for effective management of waste.

"The Think Green grants provide us with a great avenue to demonstrate how Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful think green every day," said Barry Caldwell, senior vice president of public affairs and communications and chairman of the KAB board. "After all, supporting communities making them cleaner safer and helping improve their quality of life is what our company, and KAB, is all about. Each of the affiliates has a project that will make its community cleaner and more beautiful."

Waste Management also partners with KAB on different programs, which include additional community beautification grants (target/showcase) and as a National Sponsor for Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup(TM), the nation's largest community improvement program.

Waste Management 2009 Think Green Grant Recipients:

  • Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, AL
  • Keep The Shoals Beautiful, AL
  • I Love A Clean San Diego, CA
  • Keep California Beautiful, City of Long Beach, CA
  • Keep Winter Park Beautiful, FL
  • Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, FL
  • Keep Citrus County Beautiful, FL
  • Keep Martin Beautiful, FL
  • Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful, FL
  • Keep Orlando Beautiful, FL
  • Keep Cobb Beautiful, GA
  • Brightside, Inc. (Louisville), KY
  • Keep Dorchester County Beautiful, SC
  • Keep Pearland Beautiful, TX
  • Keep Suffolk Beautiful, VA

About Waste Management
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit or

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Robert Wallace Vice President/Communications
Phone: 203-659-3016
Fax: 203-659-3017
Larry Kaufman Communications Manager
Phone: 203-659-3014
Fax: 203-659-3015
Kate Brasco Communications Specialist
Phone: 203-659-3038
Fax: 203-659-3039

For more from this organization:

Keep America Beautiful


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