Keep East Point Beautiful, East Point, GA

Keep East Point Beautiful,working with East Point Parks Services and P.A.T.C.H. (Progressive Action for Transforming City Habitat), planted two small orchards as a result on a grant received from the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. The project’s dual purpose is to plant trees for environmental benefit while providing a source of free, local food.

Planting of the trees for the Community Orchard took place on Sunday, Feb. 22. Some 20 volunteers came together to plant trees at the Historical Society and River Park . Thirty trees have been planted to date. Volunteer included KEPB board members, the community and P.A.T.C.H.

Sarah Visser, Keep Georgia Beautiful, 2014 40 Under 40

Sarah Visser, 37

Executive Director

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation


Visser keeps environmental awareness all in the family. As executive director for the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Visser works with a personal and professional passion to keep Georgia’s environment sustainable for generations to come – even her own. She describes her 4-year-old daughter as a “serious recycler” and takes her to community cleanup events, which Visser attends even on her own time on weekends.

Visser and the foundation provide training and resources for litter reduction, community cleanups and environmental sustainability to the more than 75 Keep Georgia Beautiful community affiliates, the largest network of its kind in the nation.

“Our goal is to help them be successful and change attitudes around environmental issues in communities,” she says.

Clearly, it’s something she’s working hard at in her community, in her work and in her home. – ES