The Keep Iowa Beautiful Board of Trustees has announced the 2018 annual award winners for enhancing the beauty, cleanliness, and attractiveness of the State of Iowa.  The four award categories are community, organization, corporate and individual.  The recipients will be presented their awards by Governor Kim Reynolds at the State Capitol on Monday, March 20 at 11:30 PM.

The Governor will also be presenting five Byers Environmental Scholarships to graduating high school students that will be continuing their education in environmental studies at an Iowa College or University.   She will be proclaiming April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month with a ceremonial proclamation signing.

“The KIB award program is designed to recognize special people and organizations that have gone the extra mile to help build stronger Iowa communities,” said Miriam Erickson Brown, Chair of the KIB Board of Trustees.  “A more attractive community improves the economic vitality and cultural climate where we live and work.”

The award winners are:

The Donald F. Lamberti Hometown Pride Vision AwardWILLIAM J. FULTZ—For his countless years of volunteer service making Iowa a stronger and better place to live.

The Robert D. Ray Community Award for ExcellenceCITY OF VARINA—A Hometown Pride community with a visionary spirit.

Corporate Award of ExcellenceOUR IOWA MAGAZINE—An outstanding magazine promoting Iowa’s beauty and quality of life making our state the number one place to live in the USA.

Organization Award of ExcellenceMAINSTREET DOWNTOWN RESOURCE CENTER—For the partnership with KIB’s Hometown Pride Program making our state the number one place to live and work.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Governor Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.   KIB is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods and communities in improving the economic vitality and cultural health of Iowa.  KIB is helping build stronger communities to develop sustainable futures. 

Note to media:  Interview and photo opportunities will be available at the Governor’s Office on Tuesday, March 20 at 1:30 pm.  Copies of the proclamation will also be available.