March 11, 2013
From Bulletin staff reporters:
The Harvest Foundation has approved a Pick Up the Pace! grant to the Gateway Streetscape Foundation to support an anti-litter campaign called Put Litter in its Place!
The $10,000 grant will support the production of documentaries and public service announcements, to create a civic pride challenge to set the benchmark for the Cleanest Community in Virginia, according to a release.
“Put Litter in its Place! will address the problem from multiple viewpoints,” said Lizz Stanley, Gateway Streetscape executive director, in the release. “Our focus will be on the aesthetic impact, environmental impact, and economic impact. It is our hope that this anti-litter campaign will result in an immediate and visibly noticeable reduction of litter in our area. Over the course of the campaign, we will monitor progress through photo-documentation of roadways, recreation areas, and illegal dumping hotspots.”
“It is a pleasure to partner with Gateway Streetscape on an anti-litter campaign that will heighten awareness of the visual and underlying environmental problems created by litter, as it relates to the health, safety, and welfare of every person who lives, works or visits in the Martinsville/Henry County area,” said Nancy Cox, Harvest Foundation director of programs.
The Pick Up the Pace! small grants program is designed to engage more people and organizations in the transformation of Martinsville and Henry County. The goal is to encourage everyone to “pick up the pace” to make this a community of choice, the release said.
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