UFPIA Wins 2nd Place in City-wide Clean Community Competition Contest

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Announces Clean Community Competition Winners

BALTIMORE, MD (October 29, 2012) – Joined by community leaders from every part of Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Saturday morning (October 27th) announced the winners of the first ever Clean Community   Competition. The announcement took place inside the War Memorial Building on North Gay St.

Since the April kickoff of the six-month long competition at the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup, seventy-one neighborhood associations developed strategies and took action to keep their communities clean. Winners and runners-up were chosen from four quadrants of Baltimore. The first place winners received $5,000 and the second place winners received $1,000.

And the winners of the first Clean Community Competition are:

NE Quadrant:1st Place: Greater Greenmount Community Association, Inc. and 2nd Place: Chinquapin Park Improvement  Association, Inc.

NW Quadrant:1st Place: Greater Remington Improvement Association and 2nd Place: Reservoir Hill Improvement Council

SE Quadrant: 1st Place: New Greenmount West Community Association and 2nd Place: Upper Fells Point Improvement Association

SW Quadrant: 1st Place: Gwynns Falls Business & Homeownership Group and 2nd Place: Winchester Improvement Association

Wheelabrator Technologies – Waste Management provided the prizes.

Participating Communities were judged on cleaning and recycling efforts that included an overall increase in recycling tonnage, community-wide use of trash cans with lids, decreases in alley and street cleaning service requests, among others. Extra points were awarded for adopting vacant lots through the ‘Power In Dirt’ initiative and for cleaning and applying clean-themed storm drain stencils.

Saturday’s event also served as the kick-off for the annual Mayor’s Fall Cleanup and for the unveiling of the City’s new trash jingle. Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx took time at the ceremony to praise the 126 communities who participated in the event. Total trash and debris collected tonage figures are being tabulated.

 Photo caption: Jan Mooney accepted the $1,000 check from the Mayor on behalf of UFPIA for the Clean Competition Contest. (Others shown are Mayor’s staff and those in costume as Rick Recycle, Bay Beauty, Leafy Lisa and Haz Man)