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Plano, Texas Sets a Cleaner, Greener Standard

As the largest city in Collin County, Plano, Texas sets the standard in earning national praise for its quality of life, environmental initiatives and opportunities for economic development. In 2008, the City of Plano was recognized as among the “best of the best” nationwide by Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization.

As the largest city in Collin County, Plano, Texas sets the standard in earning national praise for its quality of life, environmental initiatives and opportunities for economic development. In 2008, the City of Plano was recognized as among the “best of the best” nationwide by Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization.

The City of Plano received the KAB President’s Circle Award at the President’s Circle Award Luncheon during KAB’s 55th annual National Conference in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit to reduce litter, minimize waste, and beautify their local communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, the City of Plano demonstrated exceptional achievement by conducting an annual Litter Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and engaging volunteers to take greater responsibility for their community environment. In addition, award recipients conducted activities in KAB’s three core focus areas of litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification/community improvement.

The City of Plano conducted a Litter Index this past winter; Plano rated a 1.05 on the Litter Index scale. In addition, more than 3,666 volunteers donated 11,161 hours last year, valued at $17.85 per hour, equaling $199,224 in benefits to Plano neighborhoods and roadways for every dollar of government funding received.

“By enabling people of all ages to participate in community improvement efforts, the City of Plano is represented among the best in promoting the values KAB espouses nationally,” said Matthew McKenna, KAB President and CEO.

For more information visit www.livegreeninplano.com and learn about the Live Green in Plano initiative which empowers individuals to take responsibility for enhancing their community through litter awareness and prevention, and community beautification. You may also contact Melissa Haggerty, Sustainability Communications Coordinator, at (972)769-4391.

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