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Brightside Wins Twice for Green Initiatives

Thursday September 27, 2007

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Brightside’s efforts to keep Louisville clean, green and beautiful have been recognized by national and local awards this week.

Brightside will accept the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association’s award for city roadside excellence at the group’s national conference in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 4.

“When you drive around Louisville, it’s clear the tremendous work Brightside is doing to beautify neighborhoods and intersections,” Abramson said. “It’s always rewarding when your hard work is recognized by others.”

The NRVMA Roadside Excellence award recognizes cities that make outstanding efforts to beautify medians and intersections. Brightside has worked on dozens of roadside beautification projects in the city, including planting thousands of daffodil bulbs that bloom along the downtown interstates every spring.

“Brightside is always looking for opportunities to involve communities in projects that help develop pride and foster a commitment toward keeping neighborhoods clean and green,” said David Cornett, who nominated Brightside for the award and serves as the Assistant Director/Roadside Manager of the Division of Maintenance for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “It was our honor to nominate Brightside for this award. It would be difficult to think of any one organization that deserves it more.”

Brightside also won the Pyramid Award for Governance from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE). The Pyramid Awards recognize the important role of nonprofits in the Louisville area. CNPE chose Brightside based on its revamped board organization, which energized Brightside’s governing committees and brought in an almost 20 percent increase in fundraising when compared to the prior year.

“We have worked hard to make sure our organization is lean and efficient so we can better implement our beautification projects in the city,” said Cynthia Knapek, director of Brightside. “The CNPE award is proof that we’re on the right track.”

The CNPE Pyramid Award will be presented at the organizations’ annual conference at the Galt House on Oct. 10.

Brightside will also share some of its successful youth education programs with the North American Association for Environmental Education on Nov. 15 in Virginia Beach, Va. Brightside was chosen from among nearly 600 programs to present at this annual conference.


Kerri Richardson, 574-1903 / 216-0426
Lisa Gunterman, 574-2339 / 216-9251


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