“Keep Hall Beautiful” Director to Speak at Sense and Sustainability Series March 31

Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful
Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful

Sense & Sustainability’s scheduled guest talk on Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 p.m. in the Senior Dining Room of Hopkins Dining Hall on the Gainesville historic campus will feature Kelly Norman, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful. Her talk, titled “Keeping Hall County Beautiful,” is free and intended for students, but faculty and staff are also cordially invited.

As director of the KHB organization, Norman coordinates public service programs designed to educate local residents about ways to protect the natural beauty and cleanliness of the greater Gainesville area. One of KHB’s signature programs is the Great American Cleanup. This is an annual nationwide initiative in which the national chapter of Keep America Beautiful requests all its affiliates to participate. The program consists of using community volunteers to conduct litter pickups, community cleanups, graffiti removal, clothes collections, illegal dumpsite cleanups and beautification projects such as planting gardens, trees and flowers.

“We request that faculty consider granting a small amount of extra credit to students for attending, for which I can provide verification,” said Rudi Kiefer, organizer of the Sense & Sustainability series. “The topic of the March 31 presentation will show students how to develop closer ties with the Hall County community.”

Norman is an active member and supporter of the Hall County Green Alliance (www.hallcountygreenpages.org), with which Brenau University is also affiliated.

“We are hoping to get more Brenau students to participate in some of our events and cleanups,” Norman said. “It’s a great way to meet people, take part in a fun group activity, and at the same time do something useful for the local environment.”