In 1985, President Reagan launched the Take Pride in America campaign to promote stewardship of our natural, cultural and historic resources. All states followed with statewide programs of their own.
New Hanover County (NHC) was certified as a Clean Community member of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. in 1978 by the Chamber of Commerce and funded at that time by the Rotary Club. Known then as the Clean Community Commission, it was later funded as an outside agency by the County until July, 1992.
From 1992 until 2011, the organization was housed in the NHC Department of Environmental Management. For a couple of years commencing in 2011, KAB System of New Hanover County was apart of the NHC Department of Parks. Now we are completely independent.