Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful has received a $10,000 “Think Green” grant from Waste Management to support the 2012 Community Roots Day on Oct. 27. Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful will use the grant to defray the cost of buying trees and shrubs that will be planted along New Walkertown Road and the Newell/Massey Greenway.
Waste Management awarded the merit-based Think Green grants to affiliates of Keep America Beautiful to support programs that increase local recycling efforts, expand public environmental education, or enhance local beautification and community greening initiatives. Ten grants were awarded, said Barry Caldwell, the chief communications officer for Waste Management and a past chairman of the Keep America Beautiful board of directors.
“Waste Management, KAB and its affiliates share the common goal of providing sustainable environmental and beautification programs that help enhance the quality of life of the communities we serve,” Caldwell said, “so we are pleased once again to support KAB’s affiliate network and the vital work they do.”
Keep Winston Salem Beautiful has also received a $5,000 grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to support Community Roots Day, said George M. Stilphen, the executive director of Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful.
“This additional funding is important since this is the 20th anniversary of Roots Day and we want to make a real impact on the community,” Stilphen said. Community Roots Day is a collaborative effort for Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, the Community Appearance Commission and the city’s Vegetation Management Department.
More information or volunteer online for Community Roots Day.