Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful Hosts 2014 National Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

400 civic and community leaders to explore strategies to build and sustain vibrant communities

STAMFORD, Conn. (Jan. 31, 2014) — Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon will welcome more than 400 community improvement leaders from across the nation when they gather at the 2014 Keep America Beautiful National Conference, taking place from Feb. 4-6 at the Westin Charlotte.

Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference is the premier educational and networking event for its national network of state and local affiliate directors as well as community and volunteer leaders.

The conference will bring together business leaders, policymakers and other national experts who will focus on cultivating new ideas and strategies to build and sustain vibrant communities;  update and enhance programs that lead to behavior change;  provide guidance on how to build public-private coalitions; share fundraising ideas and best practices; address urban blight through vacant lot restoration, urban gardens and public space recycling; and explore the power of youth and corporate employee engagement.

Conference keynote speakers include:

  • Vicki Wojcik, Ph.D., research director, Pollinator Partnership, and Richard Crespin, CEO, Crespin Enterprises, will explore the complex matrix that interacts with pollination issues, one of the defining issues of our time.
  • Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will speak about his city’s successful partnership with KAB affiliate Keep Indianapolis Beautiful at the annual President’s Circle Luncheon.
  • New York University Professor Robin Nagle, author of “Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City,”  will provide a “garbage-eye” view of the state of trash in America.
  • Shirley Sagawa, former presidential appointee in the first Bush and Clinton administrations and the lead planner for the White House Conferences on Philanthropy, will share her insights on effective storytelling for nonprofits.
  • Richard Crespin, the executive director of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and a Senior Fellow, Business Civic Leadership Center, US Chamber of Commerce, will address why public-private-civic collaborations fail and how to model success.
  • Consultant Roger Brooks will share his 20 universal truths in making downtown districts and communities vital.   

The 2014 National Conference also features the award-winning work of KAB affiliates, partnering organizations, and community leaders and volunteers at the annual National Awards celebration.

For a list of sessions and times, please go to KAB's National Conference website. On the day of the events, reporters and photographers should contact KAB on site at (704) 375-2600 and ask for the Keep America Beautiful registration desk.

America’s leading companies have made this conference possible. Title Sponsors – Waste Management and Wrigley Company Foundation. Leadership Sponsors – Altria, Bud Light and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. Stewardship Sponsors – Anheuser-Busch and Ingersoll Rand. Strategic Sponsors – The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, Dow, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Keep Charlotte Beautiful, Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation and Novelis. Supporting Sponsors – The Coca-Cola Company, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Keep North Carolina Beautiful, Re-TRAC Connect, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Steel Recycling Institute and Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit or follow us at @kabtweet on Twitter.



Media Center

Press Contacts

Lynn Markley
Sr. VP/Brand Development
Keep America Beautiful
Tel: 203.659.3072

Larry Kaufman
Director, Communications
Keep America Beautiful
Tel: 203.659.3014