Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Recognized with Award of Excellence from KAB


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Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Keep Indianapolis Beautiful with National Award

DALLAS, Texas (January 18, 2018) – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) was honored with the 2017 Affiliate Award of Excellence for distinguishing itself as an exemplary Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliate organization. KAB’s National Awards Ceremony, which took place today during Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 17-19, at the Fairmont Dallas.
KIB was recognized for a commitment to encourage local government, business and private citizens to work together to make Indianapolis a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live.
Sherrie Bossung, Eli Lilly and Company’s recently retired Director of Community Engagement, was also honored for her service to Indianapolis by receiving KAB’s 2017 Lady Bird Award. Bossung partnered with KIB President David Forsell a decade ago to start Lilly’s Global Day of Service.
“These imaginative, inspirational and transformative community leaders help bring to life creative, resourceful and meaningful programs in their communities,” said KAB president and CEO Helen Lowman. “It’s my privilege to recognize Keep Indianapolis Beatiful and President David Forsell for such valuable, mission-based work that helps their community be more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”
“We’re so proud to have this national recognition for our work,” said Forsell. “We listen to the community, and aim to meet their needs and aspirations for improving quality of life, from individuals adopting their blocks to our work alongside Indy’s largest employers to do community good. And, KAB appreciates we do all we can with every public or philanthropic dollar we secure to contribute to biodiversity as we beautify the city.” 
For a complete list of Keep America Beautiful National Awards recipients, click here.
The Keep America Beautiful National Conference, its premier educational and networking event, brought together nearly 400 leaders from Keep America Beautiful’s national network of affiliates, business leaders, policymakers and other experts who shared innovative ideas and proven strategies to help End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful believes everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
The 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference was made possible through the support of some of America’s leading companies, including: Leadership Sponsors – Altria, Lowe’s, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, SC Johnson, A Family Company and Wrigley Company Foundation; Stewardship Sponsors – Anheuser-Busch, Carton Council, Pratt Industries – Recycling Division and Steel Recycling Institute; Strategic Sponsors – Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Supporting Sponsors – Dipjar, insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. – Donation Division and Irio. Scholarships are provided by Altria, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Southwest Airlines and Wrigley Company Foundation.
About Keep America Beautiful 
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is our cornerstone. We empower generations of community stewards to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. Annually, KIB works with nearly 20,000 volunteers on nearly 900 community projects. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @kibiorg.