Future Farmers of America students help plant orchard for
Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful Edible NeighborWoods Grant project.
Keep Georgia Beautiful has a 40 year history of doing the little things that make a big difference in Georgia communities. Created as a state program in 1978 by Governor George Busbee, we became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in May 2011. With offices at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, our unique structure as a public-private partnership allows us to benefit from the resources of citizens in all sectors: civic, government, and business. As the first-ever state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, we provide support to the largest network of local KAB affiliates in the country. Our 78 local programs represent 80% of Georgia's population.
Our mission is to support local Keep Georgia Beautiful affiliates as they build sustainable communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, water resource management and community greening. Affiliates count on us to provide the technical assistance, professional development and capacity building knowledge needed to help truly increase sustainability statewide.
How? Affiliates do the dirty work! One person and one community at a time by:
- preventing litter
In many parts of Georgia, our affiliates are the only broad-based sustainability group in their community. They are also national leaders – many of Keep America Beautiful’s national initiatives have started with Georgia affiliates. These efforts yield amazing results; in the last 10 years we have reduced litter collected during the Great American Cleanup by 75%. Affiliates are also expert at leveraging resources: for every $1 of public funds invested in a Georgia affiliate they return an average of $24.97 in benefits to their community!