KTB has the largest environmental and community improvement network in the state, comprised of nearly 300 community affiliates, which have the potential to educate 19 million Texans.
Affiliates are qualifying cities, counties and/or communities that work alongside us in our mission to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their communities. These organizations are comprised of volunteers who organize local cleanups, design and implement recycling programs, and educate local populations about issues like sustainability and water quality. KTB affiliates are as diverse as they are dedicated; some are all-volunteer organizations while others have a paid staff. Some are a recognized arm of local government while others originate in church groups or youth organizations. No community is too big or too small - the hill country of Utopia has a population of less than 250 full-time residents, while Houston has more than two million.
Affiliates not only organize local events and programs based on their community's needs, but also participate in KTB-sponsored programs such as Great American Cleanup and Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off.
Affiliates recruit volunteers from all walks of life, from elementary students to garden clubs, service organizations to master naturalists to aid in grassroots efforts to improve the environment. The thread that runs through each and every affiliate is the desire to affect positive change in their communities.
KTB staff wants to ensure prospective affiliates have the resources and tools necessary within their community to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. A board, commission, or committee consisting of grassroots representatives from the public, private and civic sectors is a vital part of the long-term success of an affiliate. KTB staff will assess each prospective affiliate and work with the affiliate to provide direction during the crucial time of affiliate formation.