KGIB and Brunswick’s Embassy Suites Earn Top State Distinctions

(L-R) Nissa & Ryan Hall / The League of Protectors; Lea King-Badyna / KGIB; Karen Bass / Brunswick’s Embassy Suites by Hilton; Christy Trowbridge / KGIB.

KGIB and Brunswick’s Embassy Suites Earn Top State Distinctions

BRUNSWICK, GA (December 5, 2016) – Over 200 Georgians attended the 38th annual Keep Georgia Beautiful awards luncheon recently in Atlanta, honoring individuals and organizations working to improve Georgia’s environment. The Keep Golden Isles Beautiful affiliate and its project partnerships were awarded top honors in three state categories:

  • Keep Golden Isles Beautiful was named AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR for 2016. Based on population size, four such awards are presented within the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation network of 78 affiliates with Keep Golden Isles Beautiful taking top honors in its population bracket.
  • The Embassy Suites by Hilton in Brunswick was presented the top business WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING AWARD.  Led by General Manager Karen Bass, Brunswick’s Embassy Suites is a leader in traditional/non-traditional recycling and energy efficiency efforts.
  • Keep Golden Isles Beautiful’s Lea King-Badyna was named 2016 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR. Presented to an affiliate director with under 10 years of service, King-Badyna received the prestigious “Lynn Cobb Award” on her third anniversary with Keep Golden Isles Beautiful.

“One person’s efforts can make a difference,” said KGIB executive director Lea King-Badyna. “Our volunteers, community partners and supporters play a great role in helping our community be the best it can be, and we have all achieved this top affiliate distinction together.”

The awards program honored Georgia’s Keep America Beautiful affiliates for their comprehensive environmental impact on the local economy. Since its inception in 1978, Georgia’s affiliate network has grown to be the nation’s largest, with 78 local affiliates serving 76% of the state’s population.

“We are thrilled to be honored at the state level and to represent the Golden Isles in such a monumental way,” said KGIB board chairman Creg Miller. “KGIB’s volunteers, staff and partners work hard and are dedicated to maintaining a clean and green community. Thanks to the efforts of many, we are making a difference in coastal Georgia and these awards are a ‘job well done’ to all who are part of the KGIB family.”

KGIB provides local programming, projects and efforts in the areas of litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling, community greening, water resources awareness and community education.


For more Awards Luncheon photos click HERE.



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