BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakersfield businessman Ray Scott has been named president of the board of Keep California Beautiful, a nonprofit environmental education organization.
Scott, 52, is an administrator with refuse and recycling hauling company Price Disposal. He also chairs the waste reduction and recycling subcommittee of Keep Bakersfield Beautiful, one of 17 local affiliates of the state organization.
He became acting president of the Keep California Beautiful board Jan. 1 after his predecessor stepped down, but was confirmed as board president on Wednesday.
The term is four years.
Scott said he was excited about assuming the post because it will give him a chance to replicate some successful local programs statewide.
"My passion is for schools," he said. "As a hauler here in Kern County, we need to let others know about the things we have been able to do in Bakersfield to help kids learn about recycling and the environment."
Keep Bakersfield Beautiful helps schools with campus composting and recycling programs and sponsors the annual Greater Bakersfield Green Expo, slated this year for April 12 in Yokuts Park.
The expo includes a high school student art competition that awards scholarships to young people who make art out of found objects or recycled materials.
Another Keep Bakersfield Beautiful program is an e-waste recycling effort that keeps outdated electronics out of landfills.
Old televisions and computer monitors can be monetized, and proceeds from those collected in Bakersfield are donated to the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House, which provides low-cost temporary housing to families of hospitalized children.
Keep Bakersfield Beautiful also sponsors the "Litter: It's Beneath Us" campaign, a program of public service announcements, bumper stickers, print advertisements and other media, developed with creative and design assistance from The Bakersfield Californian.
Scott is married with two daughters and four grandchildren.
In addition to his work with Keep California Beautiful, he serves on Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall's Great American Cleanup committee. That's a nationwide annual event in which volunteers pick up trash, paint over graffiti and otherwise spruce up parks, schools, community centers and other public spaces.
Scott also serves on the Taft College Foundation board, has co-chaired the Arvin Green Arts Festival since 2009 and chaired the Kern High School District's Career and Technical Education Committee since 2012.
Jessica Felix is a community relations specialist with the City of Bakersfield's Solid Waste Division and coordinator of Keep Bakersfield Beautiful.
She said Scott was an excellent choice to lead the Keep California Beautiful board.
"Ray is a person who has been really great to work with on both a professional and personal level," she said. "He's truly passionate about his work, and in his projects, there's a real connection to the youth of Bakersfield."