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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Keep Douglas Beautiful Receives Governor’s Circle Recognition

Photo of volunteers with Keep Douglas Beautiful banner

Keep Douglas Beautiful has received the prestigious 2023 Governor’s Circle Award for Outstanding Community Beautification and Environmental Sustainability Achievements. The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) presented the award for exemplary performance in litter reduction, waste minimization, and community greening. 

To qualify for the Governor’s Circle Award, affiliates must be certified and in good standing with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the national nonprofit that oversees state and local programming. Additionally, the affiliate must be an active member of the KGBF network. Certified KAB affiliates must effect meaningful, positive, and lasting change by directly addressing community needs in litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, and beautification.

“We believe everyone deserves to live in a clean, green, and beautiful environment,” said Natalie Johnston-Russell, executive director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. “The recipients of this award have made a tremendous effort to achieve that vision, and we’re thrilled to recognize their achievements.”

In 2023, Keep Douglas Beautiful participated in the Clear Your Clutter Event, Great American Cleanup, Tire Amnesty Week, Junk Free Week, Jackie Allen Park Cleanup, planted fruit trees at Jackie Allen Park, Greenway Trail Plogging Event, Madison Avenue Park Cleanup, and the Little Libraries Initiative. Over 100 volunteers participated in cleanup events from civic organizations such as Ambitious Young Men, American Legion Post 515, CHS NJROTC, City of Douglas Employees, CHS FCCLA, Coffee Middle School Soccer Team, Douglas-Coffee County Teen Court, Douglas Lions Club, Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council, Douglas Masonic Lodge, and many individuals.

“We are so excited to receive this recognition,” says Christian Mikell, KDB Executive Director. “It takes great community partnerships and awesome volunteers for our events to make each a success. We appreciate all the support from our local government, civic organizations, businesses, volunteers, and community partners.”

Special thanks to our Community Contributors: Chick Fil A, Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce, First National Bank of Coffee County, Lott Builders, Lowe’s, PCC Airfoils, Plants Plus & Bradley Adams, Premium Peanut, Sherwin Williams, and Sunbelt Greenhouses. 

To become involved with the Keep Douglas Beautiful Committee, contact Christian Mikell at (912) 383-0277, visit the website, or follow us on Facebook @KeepDouglasGABeautiful. 

Keep Douglas Beautiful (KDB), an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, promotes environmental sustainability and educates the community to take daily action to increase safety, reduce litter from our open spaces and waterways, improve recycling efforts, and keep Douglas beautiful.

About the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation: The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation has a 46-year history of doing the little things that make a big difference in Georgia’s communities. Established in 1978, we aim to educate and inspire Georgians to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environments. The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation supports more than 70 local affiliates across the state, and its programs represent 80% of Georgia’s population. We also strive to engage new communities and individuals in our efforts to end littering, promote recycling and waste reduction, and beautify communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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