2011 National Arbor Day Awards

Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful was given the Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management for its outstanding efforts to engage volunteers in tree-planting initiatives. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful demonstrated that volunteers are an essential piece of community forestry management when it worked with thousands to plant trees and transform a six-mile stretch of land along Interstate 70. KIB partnered with Eli Lilly and Company for the corporation's annual day of service to restore the road that runs between the Indianapolis International Airport and the downtown area. After two years of planning the logistics of shutting down an interstate for 12 hours and organizing more than 8,000 tree planters, the volunteers came together to plant 1,600 trees, 1,000 shrubs and 72,000 perennials and native grasses to enhance four interchanges along the interstate.

This year’s winners are:

Award winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation,and environmental stewardship.

Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored each year at our annual Arbor Day Awards celebration held in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.