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Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Earns President’s Circle Award Recognition

Local Organization Recognized for Exemplary Performance, Standard of Excellence

Post Date:02/08/2017

City of Port St. Lucie
121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

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Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Earns President’s Circle Award Recognition
Local Organization Recognized for Exemplary Performance, Standard of Excellence

PORT ST. LUCIE (Feb. 8, 2017) – Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful was recently honored by its national affiliate for its work in helping to make Port St. Lucie a clean, green and beautiful community.

Keep America Beautiful presented Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful with its President’s Circle Award recognition at the recent national conference in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit and high standards of excellence.

“We are honored to receive this award year after year. This recognition further exemplifies that the City of Port St. Lucie is truly a leader in Florida when it comes to preserving and protecting our environment,” said Carmen Capezzuto, director of Port St. Lucie’s Neighborhood Services Department. “As one of the largest cities in Florida, government alone cannot take full credit for this achievement. A special thank you goes out to the hundreds of volunteers and staff that help us keep Port St. Lucie a desirable place to be.”

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of Ending Littering, Improving Recycling, and Beautifying the City of Port St. Lucie’s Community.

Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 620 community based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places. “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 Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”

Community Appearance Index-Litter Index: The Keep America Beautiful Community Appearance Index-Litter Index is a tool used by its affiliates to visually assess overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned or junk vehicles, and outside storage. A team of community, business and government representatives conduct the visual analysis using a scoring system ranging from 1-4, with “1” rated as “no litter” to “4” being “extremely littered.” Each year, affiliates grade their communities during a drive-by examination of the same areas at the same time of the year. This provides an indication of the success of each community’s anti-littering education and other anti-littering programs.

Cost/Benefit Analysis: This measurement tool enables Keep America Beautiful affiliates to demonstrate their ability to leverage community resources by determining the dollar value returned to the community for every dollar invested by government.

The Keep America Beautiful National Conference, its premier educational and networking event, brought together more than 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 2017 Keep America Beautiful National Conference was made possible through the support of some of America’s leading companies, including: Title Sponsor – Wrigley Company Foundation; Leadership Sponsors – Altria, Lowe’s and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; Stewardship Sponsors – Anheuser Busch, Steel Recycling Institute; Strategic Sponsors – Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Northrop Grumman; Supporting Sponsors – Foodservice Packaging Institute, Maryland Environmental Services and Owens Illinois, Inc. Scholarships are provided by Altria, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and The Share Fund.

About Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful: Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving the community environments.

About Keep America Beautiful: At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country in which every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 state and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To donate or take action, visit Follow KAB on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.


The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities. With over 179,000 residents, Port St. Lucie is Florida’s eighth largest city by population (South Florida’s 3rd largest city). The City occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, half way between Miami and Orlando. The City provides most traditional municipal services including law enforcement, water and sewer, and public works. For more information, please visit:

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