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Annual Conference

Thanks to all who attended the first-ever virtual KTB Conference! 

Keep Texas Beautiful’s (KTB) annual conference is an opportunity for community leaders across the state to come together to learn, educate and grow their networks and knowledge. For three days, KTB provides innovative keynotes, speakers, panels and sessions that tackle environmental topics like waste reduction, recycling education, and more. 

The 2021 Annual Conference will be held in Austin at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol on June 28-30, 2021. Stay tuned for more details. 

View the 2020 Conference Brochure

  • Tech How-To's

    Need technical help to successfully register for and access our Annual Conference? We are here to help! Check out the videos below to help you navigate our new digital experience. 

    Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to us for technical assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also contact Tina Litzner at 512-961-5257. 

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    When you're ready to join us:

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    2. Log in to your Hopin account that you created when registering for Conference.

    3. Join the event!  

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  • Schedule at a Glance

    All times are listed in Central Standard Time. Live updates during the event will be posted on our Conference Platform. All sessions/descriptions are subject to change. 


    MONDAY, AUGUST 24 - Pre-Conference

    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Board Essentials
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Combatting Illegal Dumping in Your Community, sponsored by the Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Endowment 
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.Intro to KTB & Affiliate Sustainability


    9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Kick Off & Keynote "The Anatomy of Resilience: Be Tired But Don’t You Quit"
    10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Sustainable Landscaping and Planting for Community Projects
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

    Lunch Break

    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

    State and National Solid Waste Policy Updates: What’s Currently Happening and What to Expect in the Future

    2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.Showcase: Affiliate Projects and Initiatives
    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

    Focusing on the Future: Engaging and Energizing Youth Panel

    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Networking Event


    9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Communications, Marketing, and Fundraising in the time of COVID-19 Panel
    10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Adapting to Cleanup and Volunteer Changes in an Ever-Evolving Time Panel
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

    Lunch Break

    1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    Don't mess with Texas Bingo

    2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.Powerful Partnerships: Sustaining Local Educational Programs Panel
    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

    Recycling Education and Outreach Panel

    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Closing Session
  • Yeti Cooler Raffle

    KTB Annual Conference Yeti Cooler Raffle, sponsored by AEP Texas 


    Win a Yeti Tundra 65 hard cooler, valued at $350! For five dollars, you can enter your name in the drawing for this state-of-the-art cooler branded with the AEP Texas logo AND support our efforts to keep Texas clean and beautiful. All proceeds for this raffle will benefit Keep Texas Beautiful. 

    Tickets are only five dollars! You can purchase an unlimited amount of tickets. Each $5 increment will add another entry to the drawing. Please fill out this form to submit your entry. 

    Entries close at 3:30 p.m. CT on August 26. Winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony at 5 p.m. on August 26. 

    We appreciate your generosity and wish you the best of luck. 

    Enter The Raffle

    Special thanks to our sponsor, AEP Texas for their support of KTB and commitment to environmental stewardship. For more detailed rules and regulations, visit Raffle Rules

    Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why did the conference go virtual this year? 
    Amid the ever-changing landscape surrounding COVID-19, the KTB Board of Directors made the decision to offer a virtual experience in lieu of the Houston event scheduled for September this year for the safety of all of our attendees. This was a difficult decision to make because our conference has always served as an opportunity to bring our entire network together, under one roof, to learn and network. But, your health and safety are our top priority, and we are committed to providing an equally valuable experience for you. 

    This decision also came after we surveyed affiliates on their current needs and changes surrounding the virus. We received consistent feedback that budgets for travel and professional development have been affected. So, we wanted to make sure to offer an educational experience that was inclusive to all during these challenging times.

    What can I expect? Who are the speakers?
    We will announce our conference speakers and panelists in late June. This year's conference theme is building resiliency and community through times of change. You'll engage with presenters and subject matter experts with insights into the challenges faced by Texans today. You'll also find the great content you've come to expect at our conference from affiliates across Texas and our many partner organizations.

    How much are tickets?
    Two-day, full access tickets are $99.

    How will registration work?
    Similar to our in-person conference, each ticket allows one person to attend. You will need to register and pay for each ticket separately. Each email address can only be used to purchase one ticket. Each conference registration ticket allows one person to join the two-day virtual conference experience. You will access the conference by logging in with the email address and password that you used to purchase the ticket.  If you are registering more than one attendee, you will need to open an incognito window for each email address to process individually.

    Instruction: Click here to register for the conference. If the link does not work, try accessing from Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. Then, click "Check Out" to pay for your registration. Next, enter your name, email address you want to be associated with this registration and create a password. *Please note you should have this password saved to access the conference. Next, you will be able to insert credit card information and register. 

    Once you are registered, a receipt for the transaction will be sent to the email address entered. Please check your spam folder if you do not immediately receive the email. For any questions regarding conference, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 512-961-5257. 

    I was a GCAA judge. Will I get a discounted registration?
    You will receive a link to purchase your ticket with a $25 discount applied automatically, no code necessary.
    How long will the sessions be?
    Sessions will range from one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes. You'll be able to interact with the panelists during all sessions through a built-in chat feature and interactive polls.
    Will there be breaks and lunch breaks?
    Absolutely! Everyone needs to stretch their legs. There will be 15-minute breaks between sessions and an hour break for lunch. We'll also have guided breaks with mini yoga and meditation sessions.
    What kind of internet connection do I need?
    We recommend a stable internet connection. To improve your connection speed, turn off other devices like smart TVs and avoid streaming to devices like tablets or phones.
    What kind of hardware do I need?
    You will need a computer and computer speakers or the ability to use headphones through your computer.

    Our conference platform has a mobile app with limited features. While still in beta, you can join from phones and tablets with limited functionality. You can view the Stage, view Sessions, view Expo, chat, and use the Networking features of our event. Closer to the event, we will send out detailed instructions about how to join the online conference.
    Can I access without a webcam or speakers?
    You can access the conference without a webcam. You will need a computer with a headphone jack or speakers to access the audio function. At this time, there is not a call-in option for the conference audio.
    Will I need to download any software or programs?
    No, you will not need to download any additional software or programs. Our conference platform is accessible from the web. Currently, our platform is accessible from Desktop (web) on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Other independent browsers that accept webRTC technology may be compatible. Please note that Safari is not fully compatible for video. Explorer/Edge is not compatible.

    How do I access conference? 
    You will access the conference by logging in with the email address and password that you use. A link for the event will be sent to the email address entered at registration. We encourage you to add the event to your calendar with the link for easy access. 

    Will recordings of the conference be available?
    Ticketed conference attendees will have access to recordings after the conference closes. 

    How can I help out?
    With the shift to an online event, the KTB staff is able to support all conference functions and does not need volunteer help at this time. But we love volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills, please reach out to your local KTB affiliate. 

    I had previously purchased a 2020 conference ticket for your in-person event. Will my registration transfer?
    We issued full refunds to the original payment method for your original registration. We hope you will register to attend this new, virtual conference with us and gain a similar educational experience from the comfort of your own home! 

    I had a reservation at The Westin Galleria. What will happen with my reservation?
    If you've made a reservation with The Westin Galleria, please call (888) 236-2427 to cancel your reservation. You can cancel up to two days before your reservation at no charge.

    Register for conference

    Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our top priority is the safety of our attendees, and we are committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and educational event. We look forward to connecting with you online in August at our first virtual conference! Special thanks to our partners, sponsors, speakers and attendees for your continued support!  

  • Pre-Conference Sessions

    Board Essentials 

    August 24, 2pm - 4pm

    Join us for this special pre-conference session of Board Essentials. This training is free for all affiliates as a benefit of your membership and $25 for all non-affiliate attendees. 

    You’ll learn about and discuss the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, and we’ll focus on the unique board leadership needs of KTB affiliates. A pre-session survey will be sent to attendees who register to better understand their current board structure, demographics, and needs related to board service. The collected data will be shared with session attendees and help inform the Board Essentials workshop.

    By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
    • Identify the top 10 roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards
    • Understand the role of staff vs the board, differentiating between governance and management
    • List best practices for board recruitment, retention, and evaluation
    • Outline effective strategies for financial oversight, especially in times of crisis
    • Explain how you can help your organization raise funds and awareness
    Who should attend?
    • New and existing KTB affiliate board members who want to serve their organizations well
    • Staff members of KTB affiliates with nonprofit designation who want a stronger grasp of the board’s role in nonprofit effectiveness and oversight
    • Anyone interested in serving on a Board

    Register to Attend

     Combatting illegal dumping in your community

    August 24, 2pm - 4pm

    Sponsored by the Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Endowment. Join this pre-conference session to learn more about how to deal with illegal dumping in your Texas community. John Ockels, of the Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center, will present attendees with a useful, easy-to-implement model for dealing with illegal dumping inside a Texas city. With slight modifications, it can also be effectively used in the unincorporated areas of a county. It is based on using escalating steps to deal with suspected dumping until a violator responds. Ockels will go through this process and cover some of the many laws that address illegal dumping in Texas today. Join this pre-conference session to learn more about how to implement steps at the local level to combat this huge problem in many communities.

    Ticketed registrants will be sent a recording of this session. 

    Register to Attend

     Introduction to Keep Texas Beautiful and Affiliate Sustainability

    August 24, 2pm - 4pm

    Introduction to Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) and Affiliate Sustainability gives new affiliates, new board members, new staff, prospective affiliates or affiliates just wanting to brush up on their KTB knowledge an overview of the Keep Texas Beautiful program. Designed to provide a solid foundation for affiliates, the training covers such topics as developing a board and program involvement, complete with resources KTB can provide for affiliates and tips on how to build a sustainable, productive affiliate for years to come.

    Register to Attend

  • Pamela Benson Owens

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    Pamela Benson Owens is the President and CEO of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc and is currently serving as the Acting Executive Director of Six Square. For 23+ years Pam has owned Edge of Your Seat Consulting, a unique consulting firm that is dedicated to assisting for-profit, nonprofit, and faith-based entities. The major focus of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc., is to provide methodologies that help manage perceptions and narratives about complex and challenging issues with courage and strategic passion. 

    She serves on the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Austin Community College and enjoys helping fundraising professionals in understanding not only the fundamentals of fundraising but also donor motivations. Pam leverages humor and honest storytelling to create memorable and applicable strategies for sustainable and substantive change. 

    She is a proud Texas A&M Aggie where she earned a degree in Journalism and a certification in Diversity Education, and completed her graduate work at St. Edward's University with a masters in Human Services with a concentration in Conflict Resolution/Mediation. Pam has also completed coursework at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she is working on a masters degree in Divinity. She resides in Austin with her spouse, Arlyn, and two kids, Preston and Allyson. 

  • Conference T-Shirt

    KTB Conference Shirt 2020We are excited to unveil this year's commemorative conference t-shirt!

    This year, we are selling our shirts online through Spreadshirt and offering it in two colors: grey and a heathered blue. You can get your own commemorative tee and rep the KTB conference for the low price of $16.49 plus shipping. The shirts are Unisex and are available in sizes Small-2X. 

    For more information on delivery time, sizing and more, please visit Spreadshirt. 

    Get Your Conference Tee


  • Sponsors

    Who Keeps Texas Beautiful? Supporters Do.

    Many organizations and individuals show their dedication to environmental stewardship through the support of Keep Texas Beautiful and its many environmental educations sessions at our annual conference. Learn about what company you could keep in helping keep our state beautiful.

    Please join us in thanking and recognizing our conference supporters. 

    H-E-B/Central Market
    Community Waste Disposal
    Waste Connections
    CenterPoint Energy
    AEP Texas
    Texas Disposal Systems
    Dos Equis
    Waste Management
    Mungo Creative

    Thank you to our conference exhibitors. During our conference, you'll be able to explore and interact with our booths online!

    Take Care of Texas

    Please join us in thanking and recognizing the outstanding commitment of our organizational supporters who support our mission throughout the year.

    2020 KTB Sponsor Block

Check out highlights from our past conferences: 

View conference candids, award photos and our GCAA winner's video from Rockwall.

View pictures online from our past events.

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