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Grants & Awards

Individual and Organization Awards

Congratulations to our winners! The Keep Texas Beautiful Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have committed to enhancing their community and protecting the Lone Star State. This category identifies individuals, businesses, media outlets and government agencies who have made an impact in their community and helped further our vision to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. Thanks to all who applied this year. 

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To learn more about our winners and the work they're doing in their community, read our blog

Individual Award Categories & Winners 

After much deliberation, KTB leadership decided to streamline the Individual and Organization awards by offering fewer awards categories. These changes allow for increased efficiency from staff and elevate the prestige of the KTB awards program. Also, beginning this year, there will be no application fee for the KTB Individual and Organization awards, as well as the KTB Youth and Educator awards, which opened March 9th. Winners from both awards programs will be celebrated at the KTB Annual Conference in Houston from September 28-30, 2020.  A maximum of 5 nominations per nominator per category is allowed. We reserve the right to move any submission to a different category in which it better fits.

Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award

The most prestigious award Keep Texas Beautiful presents, this once-in-a-lifetime distinction is awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in improving and enhancing the environment of their community, the state of Texas and beyond.

Martha Knies of Wimberley

OP Schnabel Volunteer of the Year

Recognizes individuals who support the mission of KTB through extraordinary volunteer efforts and contribute to the betterment of their community.

Sandy Schmidt of Katy 

 Organizational Award Categories

Ebby Halliday & Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award

Recognizes one business with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses.

Market Street Allen #563

Outstanding Program Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/county/state government departments, divisions or agencies supporting the KTB mission through a specific program.

The Culinary School of Fort Worth

Outstanding Project Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/county/state government departments supporting the KTB mission through projects or events.

Young Men's Service League of Argyle

Public Education and Outreach Award

Recognizes the public awareness and education efforts of civic organizations and city/county/state government departments in print and/or electronic media in supporting environmental issues. This award is also applicable to media outlets.

City of San Marcos- Keep San Marcos Beautiful 

To learn more about each of our winners and their stories, check out our blog

Videos of Our Winners

Keep Texas Beautiful award winners were recognized at the virtual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference held August 25-27. Check out videos of our winners below. 

2020 Keep Texas Beautiful Award Winners

Sandy Schmidt, Volunteer of the Year Award

Latina Jezek, Educator of the Year Award

Martha Knies, KTB Leadership Award

The Elise Walker Outdoor Learning Center, Sadie Ray Graff Award for Educators and Educational Institution

City of San Marcos/Keep San Marcos Beautiful, Individual & Organization Award for Public Education and Outreach

KTB Social Icons Blog

Featured Content

Keep Texas Beautiful Honors 2019 Individuals and Organizations
Guest Blog: Judging for Keep Texas Beautiful’s 2019 Award Season



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