Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission

The Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission is a City Council-appointed group formed in 1980 to undertake the task of promoting litter prevention, recycling, beautification and general environmental awareness through educational projects designed to reach all segments of our community. VB Clean Community Volunteers, Inc. is the nonprofit that supports the VBCCC's activities. In Virginia Beach, presentations and educational resources are provided to school clubs, community organizations and business on litter prevention and awareness. The Clean Community Commission and Waste Management work together to provide great Volunteer opportunities for Virginia Beach residents.

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 Grant Opportunities

VBCCC provides grants of up to ​​$250 to schools, ​ community-based environmental and educational organizations, youth groups, and individuals who meet the selection criteria.

The forms for the Environmental Youth Grant are below.

 Keep Virginia Beach Beautiful

The Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission now serves as the governing body of the Virginia Beach Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Affiliate. KAB welcomed Virginia Beach to its expanding nationwide, community-based network of affiliates, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in City Council Chambers. Susan Burkhardt, KAB Affiliate Marketing and Training Senior Director, addressed the Virginia ​Beach City Council to make the announcement.
 
The VBCCC and Keep Virginia Beach Beautiful will provide numerous community greening and litter reduction-related volunteer opportunities.​​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

 Commissioners

​Daneil Baxter​

VBCCC Chair
 

Dan Baxter is the Business Recycling and Outreach Coordinator for the City of Newport News and a retired US Navy Air Traffic Controller. With an Associate from TCC in Science and Bachelor's from ODU in both ​Environmental Geology and GIS/Land Use Management, Dan has been an involved in the Commission since volunteering with Clean the Bay Day in 1992. Dan has served on numerous boards and commissions in the region including Clean The Bay Day and the Virginia Beach Council of Civic Organizations. Dan serves on the Board of Directors at the Glenwood Community Association, Coastal Community Church Youth Outreach, and as Chairman of the askHRgreen.org Litter Control and Recycling Committee.​​​​

Larry Banks 

VBCCC
Vice Chair​
 

Larry Banks has served in the U.S. Navy for 22  years ​and is community service lead with the Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach. With degrees in Psychology and Computer Science, Mr. Bank's work in community service is extensive. In addition to serving as Vice Chair on the VBCCC, he is involved with Princess Anne Elementary School, Toys for Tots, J & A Racing, Virginia Beach Special Olympics, NAS Oceana Youth Sports Programs, Meals On Wheels, Samaritain House, Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughter, Virginia Aquarium and Resource Center. When asked what he enjoys most about being a VBCCC Commissioner, it's no surprise that Mr. Banks answered, "The great things we do in the community as a commission".

​Jennifer Powell

VBCCC​ Commissioner
 

​Jennifer Powell served ten years active duty U.S. Navy and is a current active member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. She was certified as an instructor, qualified as a Master Training Specialist and hand selected to serve as the leading supervisor for advanced and basic training divisions at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC). Early in her career she was a Law Enforcement Specialist, stationed in Groton, CT and in the Middle East providing force protection for U.S. Armed Forces assets, property and personnel. She was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal in 2011, Sailor of the Year in 2010, Instructor of the Year in 2009, three Navy Achievement Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various awards and citations for her volunteer involvement in the community. ​​

Following active military service, she transitioned to a Police Officer, in Uniform Patrol  for the Portsmouth Police Department, Portsmouth, VA, while serving as a General Instructor, Field Evidence Technician, basic mountain bike certified, Intox Model EC/IR II Breath Alcohol Operators' (Breathalyzer), Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency Instructor certified on Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings and Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents and Flying While Armed Certified. She was awarded for Team of the Quarter, Second Quarter 2013 and Officer of the Quarter, Fourth Quarter 2012. Jennifer is currently employeed with the City of Chesapeake. 

Jennifer Powell has Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice, Associates of Arts in Computer Studies, and a Certificate in Correctional Administration from University of Maryland University College, MD. She completed the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy and received her Law Enforcement Officer Certification in 2012. 

​She's volunteered in organizations at almost every duty station while active duty Navy for 10 years. In this area shes volunteered with the Aquarium, Special Olympics, Foodbank of Southwestern Virginia, Samaritan House, J&A Racing Events (Shamrock, Rock n Roll ½ Marathon), Fallen Heroes Freedom Festival and Life Rolls On (surfing event). Jennifer loves being connected with the community and giving back through generosity. 

Nancy Degges

VBCCC Treasurer
 

​Nancy Degg​es is a Certified Public Accountant with an Associate degree from Tidewater Community College and Bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University. Nancy has volunteered with the VBCCC for decades and has a long history of volunteerism, serving as a Keep Detroit Beautiful Teen before moving to Virginia Beach in the 70’s. Nancy is also involved with her Civic League, American Heart, and the Virginia Beach SPCA. Nancy is a firm believer that everyone can do something to keep Virginia Beach clean and beautiful.​

George Denice

VBCCC
Commissioner
 

George Denice retired from the City of Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture after serving thirty-two years as an Administrative Specialist. He served as a City liaison to the Clean Community Commission since 1984 and upon retirement in 2010, was appointed by City Council as a Commissioner. George attended Virginia Wesleyan College and received a BA in Political Science. George is also volunteers with Master Gardeners, Extension Leadership Council, and Kempville Lake Architectural Review Committee. George serves on VBCCC due to his desire to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.​

Scott Kellam

VBCCC
Commissioner
 

Scott Kellam is an HVAC electrical contractor and president of Kellam Mechanical. Scott achieved his Business degree from Elon University and holds a Master's Degree in HVAC and Electrical from the Virginia State Board of Contractors. Scott, a lifelong Virginia Beach resident, is extremely involved in the community. Scott proudly supports the Virginia Beach Education Foundation as a project liaison and is further involved with the HVAC industry via the Air Conditioner Contractors Association (ACCA) and Plumping, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC). Scott accepted an invitation to become a board member of VBCCC in 2014 to promote community involvement with providing a clean and healthy environment for our community.​

Anne
Mannarino

VBCCC
Commissioner
 
Dr. Anne Mannarino, a native of England, spent most of her early educational career with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a science teacher. She has worked as an assistant principal in both middle and high schools and was the Science Instructional Coordinator for the secondary school science program in Virginia Beach. After a stint as curriculum coordinator for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement program at the College of William and Mary and statewide, she joined Regent University's Martinson Math and Science Center as the Project Director of Standards Within Integrated Real-World Learning. Dr. Anne Mannarino received her Doctor of Education Degree and Education Specialist Degree from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She earned her Masters in Science Education from the College of William and Mary and received her BS. in Environmental Biology from London University, England. Anne volunteers as an environmental facilitator for national programs such as Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Project Wet and also volunteers as director of Region 2 Virginia Association of Science Teachers.​ Anne began working with VBCCC when she was an educator in Va Beach schools and involved her students in local environmental activities.

 

Josie Sprague

VBCCC
Commissioner
 

Josie Sprague​ is a retired high school business teacher from California. In addition to volunteering for the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, Josie volunteers at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center as a docent. Josie feels that her role as a commissioner, and at the Aquarium, is an opportunity to ​educate about environmental issues.

​Deborah
Greenfield​

VBCCC
Commissioner
 

Debbie Greenfield is a retired teacher and principal who moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She holds a BA in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Western Carolina University. She also volunteers at the The Virginia Beach library teaching adults with developmental disabilities to read. Debbie joined the VBCCC in 2016 to focus of creating a clean environment for future generations and educating about recycling.

Julie Searcy

VBCCC
Commissioner
 

​Julie Searcy worked as an Environmental Health Specialist, Senior, at the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Beach District after attending Old Dominion University, earning a B.S. in Geography with a Natural Resource Management emphasis. After participating in Clean the Bay Day for many years, helping with groups participating in Adopt- A- Highway program, and getting involved with by participating in the Helping Hands program, Julie was appointed a VBCCC Commissioner in October, 2016.  Julie says she is most rewarded by working along with other community members to clean up litter from our beaches, roadways, and other areas that have been littered, in order to provide a healthier environment for people and wildlife.

 Meeting Minutes

The Com​mission meets on bi-monthly basis. These meetings are held the second Thursdays in January, March, May,  July, September, and November of each year. These evening meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Virginia Beach Landscape Management building, at 4141 Dam Neck Road.​ 
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