Keep Erie County Beautiful Becomes Newest Keep America Beautiful Affiliate
Keep America Beautiful has more than 620 community-based affiliates at the state, county and local levels throughout the country. Each new affiliate goes through a comprehensive approach created with the help of behavior scientists to get at root causes of why people mistreat their local environment and how to change those behaviors.
Through the Keep America Beautiful affiliation process, community leaders analyze the unique needs of their communities and how specific challenges can be addressed to combat litter, improve recycling and beautify their local environment.
In the case of Erie County, Pennsylvania, a high priority is to combat illegal dumping, according to Erie County, Pennsylvania, Executive Kathy Dahlkemper.
On March 1, Keep Erie County Beautiful became the 12th Keep America Beautiful affiliate in Pennsylvania. The certification of this new affiliate marked the culmination of a public-private-civic partnership process that began in May 2016. The organization will be a program of the Erie County Dept of Planning and coordinated through the Erie County Recycling Program.