By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer
(June 25, 2020) The Town of Berlin is seeking to become an affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful program, the Town Council was told Monday night, as Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood read Mayor Gee Williams’ letter of request to the nonprofit organization.
Established in 1953, Keep American Beautiful provides “a framework for community education and hands-on stewardship that seeks to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities,” a statement on its website said.
It accomplishes that with the support of many partners, from military contractor Northrup Grumman to candy company Mars Wrigley, to associations such as U.S. Composting Council.
As an affiliate, Berlin would have access to a national network of peers, training opportunities, tools and resources and community impact grants.
In his letter, Williams said “in the past decade there has been a widespread and successful community effort to not only preserve but enhance our historical and environmental heritage.”
He added that the town has been committed to environmental stewardship and economic development.
Berlin has a multi-year campaign, Grow Berlin Green, that is managed by a coalition of Assateague Coastal Trust, Lower Shore Land Trust and Maryland Coastal Bays Program to inform both residents and business owners about the long-lasting benefits “of strong environmental stewardship practices and policies,” Williams said in the letter.