For Immediate Release
Date: June 10, 2015
Energy company Kinder Morgan Inc. donated $20,000 today to a public-private partnership that is attempting to cut in half the amount of litter in Savannah.
The Keep Savannah Clean initiative launched seven weeks ago as the first comprehensive citywide public-private collaboration to fight litter in the community. The campaign uses a broad public education effort, citizen engagement through social media, and increased enforcement to target persistent litter. It was created by the City of Savannah, Parker’s convenience stores, and the Savannah Morning News, in conjunction with the nonprofit Keep Savannah Beautiful and financial support from more than two dozen local businesses and organizations.
“We are pleased to contribute to a campaign that aims to help keep Savannah beautiful,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan Vice President of Public Affairs. “Kinder Morgan is committed to being a good corporate citizen and a good neighbor to Savannah. We are honored to participate in the Keep Savannah Clean program."
Citizens can join the campaign and win weekly prizes by uploading photos of litter pickup efforts, or photos of those breaking litter laws, to www.keepsavannahclean.com or by using social media and tagging photos with #littercrew.
“I am extremely gratified to see our citizens and businesses such as Kinder Morgan step forward and become part of the solution,” Mayor Jackson said. “It’s going to take all of us working together to clean up our community.”
Since its launch on Earth Day, more than 1,200 have become fans of the campaign’s Facebook page, with an average reach of 2,350 people, and some videos receiving almost 8,000 views.
“We want to change behavior through education, awareness and enforcement, and believe this campaign will be a national model for anti-litter campaigns,” Co-Chairman Greg Parker said. “Savannah is the most beautiful city in America. It’s time to for all of us to stand up to keep her that way.”