Keep America Beautiful’s Director of Special Projects Sue Smith was invited by the United States Department of State to participate in Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful’s first civil society workshop in Georgetown, Guyana. The workshop aimed to share best practices of promoting environmental stewardship and equipping civil society organizations with knowledge and information about recycling, composting, and other grassroots actions civil society organizations can take on the environment.
The workshop was officially opened by United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt and facilitated by Smith, Dr. Rosh Khan of SocialRank Media and Steve Douglas of Bravo Arts. The Mayor of Georgetown, His Worship Hamilton Green, was also in attendance. Smith shared ideas and strategies on how to apply KAB’s five-step process to combat littering. Smith’s visit was made possible by the U.S. Department of State Speaker Program.
The workshop was attended by staff members of various nonprofit organizations such as Youths for Guyana, Georgetown Stabroek Leo Club, Caribbean Youth Environmental Network – Guyana, U.S. Embassy’s Youth Action Network, Enmore Youth Development Group, Global Shapers Georgetown Hub, Bravo Arts, Rotaract Club, University of Guyana, Linden Shines, Berbice Shines, Everything Makes Craft, and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.
Formally launched on June 1, 2014, the Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful project will continue until June 2015 with focused messaging on the environment through “education” and “action” elements. These will include a series of environmental workshops for civil society and private sector partners, training and collaboration with schools and environmental clubs, radio and TV public service announcements; the creation of protected green spaces, and weekly cleanups.
The Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful project is implemented by Youths for Guyana and receives financial support from the U.S. Department of State as well as corporate donors including ExxonMobil, Caribbean Containers Inc., the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Republic Bank.