May. 12, 2021
The Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Community Pride Award recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship by a business, individual, school, community organization or civic group that makes an outstanding commitment to litter control, recycling, beautification or general environmental stewardship.
The Community Pride Award was presented to Tim Arnold, Richland Township Supervisor, on May 10. Arnold was nominated by State Representative Craig Staats for his work to address and clean up litter in the 145th legislative district located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Arnold and the Richland Township Water Authority have organized the "Richland Township Road Cleanup Day" for approximately 15 years, removing close to a ton of trash from the regions roadsides each year. Volunteers have also removed over 100 tires over the years. Arnold provides lunch for those that participate. The annual cleanups are registered with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania
program which provides free trash bags, gloves and safety vests for the event.
“It was a pleasure to work with the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful organization and present Richland Township Supervisor, Tim Arnold, with the Community Pride Award. Mr. Arnold was recognized for his many years of organizing Richland Township’s Roadside Cleanup events. I’d also like to thank the many volunteers who come out each year and demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship,” said State Representative Craig Staats.
Arnold accepted the Community Pride Award from PA State Representative Craig Staats and Morgan Schuster, Bucks County Conservation District and Keep Bucks County Beautiful representative, at a recent awards presentation at the Richland Township monthly meeting.
“I’m honored to be recognized by State Representative Craig Staats and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful organization. This award may have my name on it but I’m just one piece of the puzzle, the credit for the successful Richland Township Roadside Cleanup Program truly belongs to our township residents who volunteer to come out each year. Without their help and dedication, the success of this program would not be possible,” said Tim Arnold, award recipient.
The community Pride Award is a part of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Leaders for a Beautiful Pennsylvania. Leaders for a Beautiful Pennsylvania showcases legislators and public officials “leading the way” in effort to keep their communities clean and beautiful, and also serves as a toolbox for leaders to access program tools and resources needed to initiate change. This initiative encourages officials to coordinate or join a local improvement project, whether it be a cleanup, planting at a local park, special recycling event or painting a community building. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful provides the program tools and resources to get you started.
“Clean and beautiful communities are the foundation for community and economic development. We are grateful for Tim Arnold and the many volunteers who give of their free time to improve their community,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “We encourage public officials to sign up to be a Leader for a Beautiful Pennsylvania and pledge to work together to keep our communities clean and beautiful.”
To nominate a constituent for a Community Pride Award, the nominator must be a legislator or public official who has signed the Leaders for a Beautiful Pennsylvania Pledge. Visit keeppabeautiful.org
and choose Keep It, then Leaders for a Beautiful Pennsylvania for more information.
Donna Pinkham, Media Contact
Office of State Rep. Craig Staats
Tel: (717) 260-6452
Stephanie Larson, Program Coordinator
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Tel: (724) 836-4121 ext. 104
From Left: Morgan Schuster, Bucks County Conservation District and Keep Bucks County Beautiful representative, Tim Arnold, Richland Township Supervisor and State Representative Craig Staats