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Nov
18

How to Involve Kids in Your Cleanup (with advice from a young person!)

This blog was written by Hannah Langley, a 2021-2022 KTB Young Texan Ambassador from Troy, about her experience including kids in a cleanup, why you should too, and steps to take to ensure success. I had an amazing experience hosting my first cleanup as a Keep Texas Beautiful Young Texan Ambassador! I was proud to see elementary-aged school ki...
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Nov
03

KTB's Volunteer of the Month: Babji Yalamanchili

Babji Yalamanchili, a native of India, is the organizer and founder of Keep Amarillo Clean and Keep the Panhandle Clean. With his wife, Dr. Devi Yalamanchili, the two are working their way across school districts, counties, cities, and towns in the Texas Panhandle garnering support for what every Texan should be able to get behi...
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Oct
25

Making Halloween Décor Sustainable

Autumn is here which means pumpkin patches, cooler weather (hopefully), and most importantly Halloween! This season, consider ditching the energy inefficient plastic Halloween decorations and opt for these cute, sustainable, and kid-friendly decorations instead! Let those creative juices flow into new sustainable decorations for your haunted house....
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Oct
19

The Tale of Texas Arbor Day

Importance of Trees throughout History It's hard to overstate the importance of trees to our daily lives. They offer us basic needs like shade and oxygen, provide habitat for animals, and create beautiful landscapes for us to explore.  Trees are also important resources that provide us with lumber to build ou...
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799 Hits
Sep
01

2021 Rebuilding Texas Fund Grant winners announced

Keep Texas Beautiful is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Rebuilding Texas Fund Grants. These grants will support restoration or replanting projects to the winning communities in the wake of the February winter storm. The winning communities are:  Keep Abilene Beautiful Keep Big Spring BeautifulKeep Brushy Creek BeautifulKeep Chandle...
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Aug
13

Creative and Safe Options for Fall Cleanups

Did your Fall Sweep get canceled in 2020? Are you tired of waiting for the pandemic to end so you can clean up your community?  The wait is over!  With a successful pandemic Fall Sweep and Great American Cleanup under our belts, we have lots of great ideas for you to get out there and engage your community! Check ...
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274 Hits
Jun
17

Meet our 2021 Beautify Texas Award Winners - Individual Categories

Blog Post written by Karen Maldonado, Project Manager. Most of us are starting to emerge from a long hibernation during the pandemic.  We stayed at home for work and school, postponed visits with family and friends and avoided local stores and eateries.  This slowed many of our affiliates down, too, but it did not...
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784 Hits
Jun
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Chandler Beautiful

Blog post written by Nancy Bertholf, Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Chandler Beautiful.  Being a small town affiliate of KTB usually means your volunteer pool is small and funding sources are minimal. Chandler, a city of 3,400 today, has doubled its size in the past 25 years but has also doubled its determination to provide its residents with p...
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May
24

Guest Blog: Keep Surfside Beach Trashbag Program

Blog Post Written by Michelle Booth, Tourism Specialist, Village of Surfside Beach  My husband, Rob, and I moved to Surfside in the winter of 2014. Our first summer in Surfside was 2015, and we started to notice all the food and trash people would bring in with them to the beach and how much they would leave behind! We...
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May
14

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Paris Beautiful

Blog post written by Julia Trigg Crawford, Chairperson, Keep Paris Beautiful/Make Lamar County Shine If you're like me, this past year opened your eyes to many things...the science of proper handwashing, the art of lighting the room for a Zoom call, and the reality of the unheralded superheroes who work among us like nurses, grocery store workers, ...
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576 Hits
Apr
28

Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Celebrates Parks and Trails Month

Blog post written by Amanda Maron, KGPB Coordinator, City of Grand Prairie - Solid Waste and Recycling Division Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program, taking place annually each spring from March through May. Keep Texas Beautiful recently introduced themed...
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865 Hits
Apr
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep San Saba Beautiful

Written by Sarah Saldivar, Executive Director, Keep San Saba Beautiful (KSSB) In 2007, the new City Manager, familiar with the guiding principles of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), asked the City Council for assistance in preventing litter and in beautification. And so, began the formation of our affiliate, Keep San Sab...
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Apr
08

How YOU Can Help Reduce Roadside Litter

Blog Post Written by Colton Mitchell, KTB Intern.  April is Roadside Cleanup Month! Clean roadways are vital to environmental health, so it is super important to do our part to keep them as clean as possible. A large part of the pollution on roadways comes from things people throw out of their car windows, this is detrimental to our envir...
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Mar
26

Guest Blog: Costa Cleanups are keeping it clean on South Padre Island

Blog post written by Tonya Tallard, Founder of Costa Cleanups.  Costa Cleanups is a team of dedicated ambassadors and volunteers that focus on cleaning unmaintained, beautiful areas of shoreline littered with ocean trash in South Padre Island. Members of Costa Cleanups have been cleaning beaches and waterways for years, but Costa Cleanups...
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1556 Hits
Mar
23

Beautify Texas Awards Past Winner Highlight: Martha Knies

Blog post written by Sarah Attwood and Stephanie Nestlerode of Keep Wimberley Beautiful Martha Knies exemplifies the unmatched volunteer spirit that characterizes the CAN-DO attitude found in Wimberley Texas. In 1992, before Wimberley's incorporation, Martha was having breakfast on the Square with her friends, when they started talking about a...
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1030 Hits
Mar
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Brazos Beautiful

Blog post written by Erin Stewart, Executive Director, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Inc. Keep Brazos Beautiful has been proudly serving Brazos County since its formation in 1980. The non-profit was established after Jack and Dorothy Miller organized a very successful cleanup for the community and wanted to continue the beautification efforts. T...
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775 Hits
Mar
03

GCAA 2020 Category Winner 10: Grand Prairie

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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Mar
19

Reducing Waterway Pollution

March is waterways cleanup month! Clean waterways are vital to human and environmental health, but they remain one of the most polluted parts of our world. Most of the litter found in waterways, not only those in Texas but those around the world, are a result of single-use plastics (things like plastic bottles, bags, food wrappers, etc.). Besides t...
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Feb
25

GCAA 2020 Category Winner 9: Tyler

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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Feb
23

GCAA 2020 Category Winner 8: Harlingen

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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