For Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE -- the city received the President's Circle award from the organization Keep America Beautiful at a conference held in Washington, D.C.
"One of Keep America Beautiful's most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year," said Matt McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful.
In Port St. Lucie, the organization Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful has initiated a variety of programs in the city.
Using the adopt-a-street program, clean-up days and a little hotline, the organization was able to control and manage litter prevention.
In addition, it enacted a number of beautification projects that involved the residents in the community, including tree giveaways and creating a master tree-planting plan.
Through its recycling efforts, such as holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, the local organization was able to minimize the impacts of waste on the community.
The organization is able to do this by partnering with businesses and other members of the community, as well as using a number of volunteers to educate and increase awareness.
Upcoming events planned by Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful include a wholesale tree sale that will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Saturday of the month starting in April. The sale will take place at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, located at 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., in Port St. Lucie.
For more information about volunteering for the program or learning more about the wholesale tree sale, call Tina Giesler at (772) 873-6312.