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Duluth Matters gets environmental award

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Officials report that the 2013 Great American Cleanup was a huge success in Gwinnett. More than 16,000 people rolled up their sleeves to enrich the community by making Gwinnett cleaner, greener and safer with 186 projects and events taking place throughout the county.

The Duluth Community came together recently for the Great American Cleanup effort, winning Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
The Duluth Community came together recently for the Great American Cleanup effort, winning Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful”s Beautify Your Space Award.

Several dozen community organizations accepted the Gwinnett Challenge to make a bigger impact in 2013.

Each group designed their own project and competed to earn a Challenge Title and cash prize. Eight community groups were selected by a panel of judges for making the biggest transformation and impact on their neighborhood and community. Each Challenge winner earned a challenge title and a $500 cash prize.

The Beautify Your Space title was earned by Duluth Matters. This group of volunteers beautified an old alley in downtown Duluth”s historic district by clearing out trash, resurfacing the walkway, and repainting three large walls. Councilmember Billy Jones started and heads up the Duluth Matters projects. This project is just one of many that have already been completed.

About Duluth Matters:

Duluth Matters was started in August of 2012 beginning with a work day at the Red Clay. Common areas downstairs, the stairwell, the front of the stage, the seating area, and the restrooms upstairs were painted. A donated refrigerator and two microwaves were also installed. Other projects focused on a vacant lot off Main Street that used to be Cash and Sons Automotive that was cleaned up and sod being placed on Main Street on the John Willis property. Material donations, food and drinks for the volunteers have been provided during each of the projects from generous citizens and businesses.

If you are interested in helping with a Duluth Matters project or have an idea for a project please email Billy Jones at bjones@duluthga.net. Also, join the Duluth Matters Facebook page so you can stay in the loop with all the projects, https://www.facebook.com/groups/222463187875657/. #