Keep Irving Beautiful was one of more than 80 individuals or organizations recognized at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards for its commitment and passion to transform public spaces into beautiful places.“These imaginative, inspirational and transformative community leaders help bring to life creative, resourceful and meaningful programs in their communities,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO, Helen Lowman. “It’s my privilege to recognize Keep Irving Beautiful for such valuable, mission-based work that helps its community be more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”Keep Irving Beautiful was recognized for its work in the focus areas of:· Ending Litter — Hosting events, such as the Great American Cleanup and the annual Trash Bash; maintaining an active Adopt-a-Spot program with more than 70 locations throughout the city; promoting litter-free public spaces; and conducting an annual Litter Index survey.· Beautifying Communities — Volunteer paint projects at parks and recreation centers, tree plantings at the Campion Trails and the city’s tree farm.· Improving Recycling — Green Events Program where recycling receptacles are stationed throughout community festivals and special events; participating in America Recycles Day; educating about recycling through an environmental mascot skit.“Keep Irving Beautiful has been the Keep America Beautiful local affiliate for 27 years,” said KIB Board President, Jim Scrivner. “It is an honor to be recognized for the work the organization does in the community, which is a reflection of the commitment of the excellent volunteers and partners that we have in Irving.”The Keep America Beautiful National Conference—its premier educational and networking event—brought together nearly 350 leaders from Keep America Beautiful’s national network of affiliates, business leaders, policymakers and other experts who shared innovative ideas and proven strategies to help end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities.The 2019 Keep America Beautiful National Conference is made possible through the support of some of America’s leading companies. This group includes leadership sponsors: Altria Group, Keep Maryland Beautiful, Lowe’s, Reynolds American Incorporated, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; stewardship sponsor: Anheuser-Busch; and strategic sponsors: Keurig, Dr. Pepper, PepsiCo and Steel Recycling Institute. Conference scholarships are provided by Altria Group.About Keep Irving BeautifulKeep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.About Keep America BeautifulKeep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities. The nonprofit believes everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.Behavior change — steeped in education, research and behavioral science — is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. The nonprofit empowers generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join Keep America Beautiful on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.