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Apr
16

Celebrate Earth Month

Spring is in full bloom! April is upon us, which means it is Earth Month! Earth Month is an entire 30 days dedicated to environmental education, impact, and appreciation. It's a great opportunity to observe the wonder of the planet, and to take steps to help improve it. In honor of this month long holiday, we created a guide of vario...
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Apr
02

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Grapevine Beautiful - Engaging the Entire Community

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful. Check out past highlighted affiliates here . Since its inception in 2002, Keep Grapevine Beautiful (KGVB) has been a benefit to the community by providing eng...
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Apr
02

Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Offs Across Texas

In 1985, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched an ad campaign to encourage citizens to take care of their state and stop littering. This slogan has been repeated countless times by presidents, athletes, super stars and ordinary Texans. We all know it well. "Don't mess with Texas!" In the 1990s, KTB joined the effort by encouraging...
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Mar
26

Staff Blog: Event Planning pt. 3

I'm back and sharing my final blog on event planning! By now, you all are experts on knowing your audience, defining your budget and determining your needs from my Event Planning 101 blog , and you now know how to navigate RFP's and BEO's from my second blog post . But after all this planning, comes the day of the event!  In my third and final...
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Mar
22

Guest Blog: Judging for Keep Texas Beautiful’s 2019 Award Season

The image of a great community stems largely from the quality of its public places – its roadways, green spaces, parks, trails, waterfronts, plazas, etc. It's easy to look at great public places and see them as nothing more than well-designed physical locations. But beneath the surface, these places are so much more. They are locations where commun...
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Mar
07

Staff Blog: Event Planning pt. 2

Have you heard? Early bird registration for our Annual Conference is officially open! Check out our website to learn about the many fun additions to this year's conference in Dallas/Rockwall, June 18-20. To celebrate, I'm sharing my second list of tips to help you plan any event.  A few week ago, I shared my Event Planning 101 blog , where I d...
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Mar
15

Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

​ Spring is the time of changing seasons and beautiful weather. It is also a time when countless people are taking time off to travel! Spring Break is finally here, and we composed a list of some handy eco-friendly travel tips to use during your next vacation! Every person in the world makes an impact on the planet. By living an eco-friendly life, ...
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Mar
01

Affiliate of the Month: From Dormant to Revitalized - How Keep Santa Fe Beautiful Came Back to Help the Community Find Peace After Tragedy

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful. Check out past highlighted affiliates here . Santa Fe, Texas is a quaint little town with a population of 13,200, located about 30 miles south of Houston, in ...
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Feb
28

Spring Cleaning With The Great American Cleanup

For 21 years, the Great American Cleanup (GAC)has been a signature program of Keep America Beautiful (KAB). On average, this nationwide event brings out 3.4 million volunteers in 20,000 different communities. The event runs from March 1 thru May 31 and encourages communities to improve themselves in various ways. Although started as a litter cleanu...
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Feb
25

Staff Blog: How Youth Can Spring into Action to Keep Texas Beautiful

Spring is just around the corner and at Keep Texas Beautiful we have many ways to get youth involved in keeping Texas beautiful. From contests to clean-ups, check out all the ways youth and youth groups can participate this spring! Don't mess with Texas® Art K-12 Art Contest Texas students currently enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade ar...
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Feb
20

Community Engagement in the Legislative Process

O n February 21, KTB is visiting the State Capitol for Keep Texas Beautiful Day. We'll  be visiting our elected officials to educate the new legislature on the value of KTB programs and the positive impact that our affiliates have in their local communities.  Follow along online and @KeepTXBeautiful on social media to learn about aff...
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Feb
12

Staff Blog: Event Planning 101

Hi there, Tina Litzner here, Operations & Events Manager at KTB. One of the many hats that I wear is event planning for all things Conference . This is my favorite part of my job. Keep Texas Beautiful has been churning out a conference for our members, volunteers and affiliates for many years. The KTB conference is a unique event...
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Feb
08

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Houston Beautiful - Forty and Fabulous!

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful. Check out past highlighted affiliates here . Houston, home to more than two million people and spanning close to 670 square miles, is currently the country's ...
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Feb
14

Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Guide

​Love is in the air! Valentine's day is just around the corner, and everyone is planning what gifts to give their loved ones. This year, ditch the wasteful paper cards and plastic chocolate boxes. Get your Valentine a more eco-friendly gift. It can be hard to think of environmentally friendly gifts, so we came up with a few ideas for you. These ide...
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Jan
29

KTB 101: Acronyms

Are you versed in the KTB lingo? When I began working at Keep Texas Beautiful, I admittedly was not. I actually printed a list of KTB acronyms to refer to, so I could know what everyone was talking about! Affiliates would call and email wanting supplies for the GAC (Great American Cleanup) and DMWTTO (Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off)...
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Jan
24

Share-A-Project: Learn from your Affiliates

​"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." -Bill Nye  Our growing Affiliate Network is home to many diverse organizations. On a day to day basis, Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) sees the success of each organization in big and small ways. While one affiliate is winning a recycling grant, another is on the news promoting their cl...
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Jan
22

GCAA 2018 Category 10: Irving

Category 10: Irving Population 180,001+ Landscape Award: $310,000 Irving lives up to its motto "We Have It All Together." A tiny village, established in 1903 and named for author Washington Irving, has grown into a 67.9 square mile city that welcomes three million visitors annually and represents a vibrant mix of ethnicities, faiths and countries o...
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Jan
17

Guest Blog: Scenic City Now Accepting 2019 Applications

Since 2010, the Scenic City Certification Program has recognized Texas municipalities that implement strong scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. The Program is a project of Scenic Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful, and 15 other statewide Program Partner organizations. Thanks to the solid support of this large base of associations, the ...
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Jan
15

GCAA 2018 Category 9: Abilene

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Jan
10

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful. Check out past highlighted affiliates here . Nacogdoches, a town as unique as its name, is coined as the oldest town in Texas. Pine trees, azaleas, and Japane...
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