KMCB Receives $10,000 National Grant
Sept. 19, 2011 - Keep Montgomery County Beautiful today announced that it has received a $10,000 grant from national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, Inc. as part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Waste Management that encourages local solutions that improve community environments.

Now in its fifth year, the merit-based program received proposals from 60 affiliates across the country. Each proposal featured innovative projects designed to increase individual awareness about the local environment through hands-on participation and engagement opportunities.

The Keep Montgomery County Beautiful winning proposal focuses on its ongoing effort to create educational exhibits and programs which will enhance those currently at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The current exhibits serve to educate museum visitors on the importance of recycling and litter prevention. The additional proposed exhibits will serve to educate visitors on the importance of composting, the proper handling of electronic waste and ways to further reduce and reuse common household waste items.

Now more than ever, communities rely on grassroots nonprofits and their volunteers to engage in hands-on projects that build greater civic pride, create a healthier environment and improve the local quality of life, said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. We are truly grateful to Waste Management for the companys commitment to our mission, our affiliates, and to local stewardship efforts.

The Think Green grants provide us with a great avenue to demonstrate how Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful think green every day, said Frank Dockery, District Manager of Waste Management Stony Hollow Landfill. After all, supporting communities - making them cleaner and safer and helping improve their quality of life - is what our company and KAB is all about.

Waste Management supports KAB on numerous programs designed to increase recycling and support community sustainability. The company is also a strong supporter of Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup™, the nations largest community improvement program.


CONTACTS
KMCB Contact:
Jane Tomcisin Phone: (937)225-4999 Email:
tomcisinj@mcohio.org
Website:
www.kmcbohio.org

WM Contact:
Beth Schmucker
Phone: 330-806-5850
Email:
bschmucker@wm.com



About Local Affiliate
Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) is an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful program. KMCBs mission is to promote and participate in litter prevention, neighborhood cleanups, beautification efforts and community pride for Montgomery County, Ohio. Please visit
www.kmcbohio.org for more information.

About Waste Management

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also the largest residential recycler and a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The companys customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit
http://www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com

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
www.kab.org.

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