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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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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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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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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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Feb
12

GCAA Category 7 Winner: The Colony

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
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Andrews Beautiful

Blog post written by Michael Rosales, President of Keep Andrews Beautiful and Community Outreach Coordinator with the City of Andrews. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." If you have never experienced what this quote is saying, then it might not make a lot of sense. But if you have…then this quote by Chris Grosser will make all the sense...
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Feb
04

Staff blog: Texas Legislative Session - The Basics and What to Expect in 2021

Blog post written by Sara Nichols, Program Director of Keep Texas Beautiful.  It's February 2021. This year has already seen the inauguration of a new President and new administration in Washington, and, perhaps a bit more quietly, the beginning of a new legislative session in Texas. The Texas Legislature meets every other year, in odd years, ...
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Feb
02

GCAA Category 6 Winner: Alvin

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
28

GCAA 2020 Category 5 Winner: White Settlement

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
26

Guest Blog: Dump Illegal Dumping

Blog post written by Jonathan Nolte, Take Care of Texas.  TCEQ defines Illegal dumping as disposing, allowing the disposal of, receiving, or transporting litter or other solid waste to any place that is not an approved solid waste site. It's a tricky behavior to prevent. Fortunately, Texas communities are rallying to turn back the clock on una...
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Jan
21

Guest Blog: Preparing for Wildfires in Texas

Blog post written by Erin O'Connor, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist III at Texas A&M Forest Service As a homeowner, you are not powerless in your defense against wildfires. By taking a proactive approach to wildfire prevention and mitigation, you can significantly increase your safety and your home's likelihood of survival during a catastro...
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Jan
20

GCAA 2020 Category 4 Winner: Levelland

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
14

GCAA 2020 Category 3 Winner: Lago Vista

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
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Harlingen Beautiful

Each month, we invite one affiliate to share their story on our blog and recognize them as our Affiliate of the Month. KTB is a network of nearly 300 community affiliates, which have the potential to educate 17 million Texans. Affiliates are qualifying cities, counties and/or communities that work alongside us in our mission to ...
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Jan
08

GCAA 2020 Category 2 Winner: Weston Lakes

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
05

GCAA 2020 Category 1 Winner: South Padre Island

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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