KFB Newsletter
The Official Newsletter of Keep Florida Beautiful

Meet Savanna Christy, new Executive Director of Keep Florida Beautiful!
On June 1, 2020, Savanna took the reigns from Mary Jean Yon who held this position for the past five years. Savanna joined Keep Florida Beautiful (KFB) last February and has proven herself to be a source of energy and creativity. As a graduate of Florida State University with a Masters degree in Aquatic Environmental Science, her love of the environment is resolute. Prior to KFB, Savanna worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Among her many passions are scuba diving, snorkeling and spearfishing so it won't surprise you to learn that she is really into marine debris and finding ways to improve the quality of our waters. Another passion involves the KFB Youth Council which she has championed and promises to take them to all new adventures.

Mary Jean will remain with KFB through September in order to assist Savanna with the day-to-day running of the organization. During this time and after September, Mary Jean will be working with Keep America Beautiful on an as-needed basis as a National Trainer.

It is a time of new beginnings for both Savanna and Mary Jean and the excitement level runs high! Your support and participation is greatly appreciated as they step into their new roles!
GAC/Trash-Off Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great American Cleanup/Trash-Off forced the postponement and in some cases cancelation of many cleanup events statewide. Keep America Beautiful has now resumed the Great American Cleanup (GAC), running June 1 - October 18. Some Florida affiliates have events and projects planned, as part of the GAC/Trash-Off, following social distancing guidelines as well as the necessary health and safety precautions. Please contact your local affiliate for more information.
Affiliate Spotlight

Keep America Beautiful recently announced the winners of the 2020 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) grants. These grants are intended to help eradicate cigarette litter, beautify communities and educate adult smokers on the proper disposal of cigarette butts.

Congratulations to the following Florida affiliates for receiving one of these grants from a total sum of $500,000.

Keep Alachua County Beautiful
Keep Charlotte Beautiful
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful
Keep Putnam Beautiful

Did You Know?

In 2019, Keep Florida Beautiful's Return on Investment was over $8 for every $1 received which provided benefits to local Florida communities in terms of litter removal, new sustainability programs, recycling education, youth engagement and beautification projects.

You can JOIN THE IMPACT by enlisting your corporation, business, university, organization or other group in the Keep Florida Beautiful membership program!

For more information, please contact Savanna Christy.
Tip of the Hat

KFB Youth Council Member Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Ben Solomon, a senior at Pineview High School in Sarasota, joined the Keep Florida Beautiful Youth Council in 2018. It was clear from the moment he arrived that he was destined to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. This is no small feat as only 4% of scouts have earned this rank after dedicating years to fulfilling the requirements specified to succeed. KFB was honored to be part of this process, having sponsored Ben's Youth Council project last year, which was also a contribution to his Eagle Scout portfolio. The project involved the construction of wheeled, wooden boxes to hold trash and recycling receptacles at the Children's Garden of Sarasota in order to decrease littering and reduce contamination in the recycling stream - thereby, making a positive impact within the community. Ben will be leaving the KFB Youth Council to focus on college applications and his senior year but we hope to continue to see him in a volunteer capacity. Best of luck to you, Ben and well done!


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