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Keep America Beautiful Presents State Agency Partner Awards To DEP, PennDOT


PA Department of Environmental Protection and PA Department of Transportation Recognized for Supporting the 2017 Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Great American Cleanup of PA


[February 6, 2018] " The PA Department of Environmental Protection and PA Department of Transportation were two of 13 Keep America Beautiful State Agency Partner Award recipients, presented at the annual Keep America Beautiful National Awards Ceremony, which took place during the recent 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The award recognizes state agency partners for their support of Keep America Beautiful state affiliates through partnership projects. This award recognizes the value Keep America Beautiful places on public-private partnerships.

The PA Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation were recognized for supporting the 2017Great American Cleanup of PA, a program of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.  

The Department of Environmental Protection provided program funding for the purchase of supplies and encouraged individual waste facilities participation.

PennDOT supported the initiative by utilizing its network of 7,500 AAH groups to promote and encourage participation in the Great American Cleanup of PA and distributed bags, gloves, and safety vests to all registered participants through its 67 county maintenance facilities throughout the state.  

Both agencies helped promote the Great American Cleanup of PA and encouraged community participation through a shared statewide campaign.

"We are grateful for the support of our state agencies. Both the PA Department of Environmental Protection and PennDOT play a critical role in the provision and distribution of supplies as well as helping promote the initiative. Both agencies are integral to the success of the Great American Cleanup of PA," said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

"Keep America Beautiful"s National Awards celebrates some of our country's most dedicated community leaders representatives from our affiliates and partner organizations," said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. "It's my privilege to recognize such valuable, mission-based work that our state agency partners achieve with their respective Keep America Beautiful state affiliate partners to help communities become more environmentally healthy and economically sound."


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About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful"s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to keep our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 126 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania's roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways.  To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit

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