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Nov
28

Guest Blog: Nissan – Nissan Green Program

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly developed a collection of global goals for communities and businesses to use for addressing social issues like education, energy, and the environment by 2030. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are supported by Nissan , who in turn has updated its Nissan Green Program (NGP), a series of midterm e...
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Nov
19

Guest Blog: Port Aransas RETREET

Last June, RETREET's executive director, Grady McGahan, gave the keynote speech at the 50th Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference opening luncheon. He told the crowd all about RETREET's unique mission and diverse community, as well as the fortuitous series of events that brought both into being. After his presentation, representatives from Ke...
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Nov
13

GCAA 2018 Category 1: Salado

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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Nov
08

Volunteer Recognition – “Thank you!”

​ Gracias! Merci! Danke! No matter how you say it, "thank you" is the easiest and most powerful statement you can say to your volunteers. A simple thank you can solidify the positive experience they had with you and not only keep them coming back, but they will bring their friends, too. Thank you can make the difference between feeling appreciated ...
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Oct
30

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Odessa Beautiful and their Recycle Fashion Show Program

​ The mission of Keep Odessa Beautiful is to empower Odessans to recycle, prevent litter, and beautify our community. Our goal is to educate on the importance of proper waste disposal, waste reduction, and the conservation of our natural resources by encouraging our citizens to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We promote and coordinate litter preven...
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Oct
26

Volunteer Retention – Keep Them Coming Back for More

Now that you have recruited a database full of fabulous volunteers, how do you keep them coming back for more? Recruitment can be time consuming and you definitely don't want to start over every time you need volunteers. Make sure you keep notes on who you contacted and collect contact information from all of your participating volunteers.This will...
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Oct
16

Staff Blog: The Periodic Report - A Requirement for all Texas Nonprofit Corporations

Did you know that if your affiliate organization is a Texas nonprofit, you are required to file a periodic report with the Texas Secretary of State at least once every four years? If so, you can stop reading, but if this is news to you, read on! ​ Section 22.357 of the Texas Business Organizations Code requires all nonprofit corporations to fi...
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Oct
11

Guest Blog: Waste Management - Recycle Often. Recycle Right.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "one bad apple spoils the bunch?" The same is true for recycling, where one non-recyclable item can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials. A single, wrong item in the recycling bin represents a global problem that's preventing thousands of tons of recyclables from ever seeing a second life. Don't let this...
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Oct
08

Scenic City: Now Accepting Applications

​Keep Texas Beautiful and Scenic Texas are each organizations that support vibrant, healthy communities across our state. Partnering with Scenic Texas to form the Scenic City Certification Program has been a natural fit for Keep Texas Beautiful. Cities and towns with strong infrastructure standards prove to be resilient, distinctive cities known fo...
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Oct
02

Guest Blog: “Weekend Without Waste” To Coach Texans About Recycling

This weekend, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Keep Texas Beautiful are teaming up to help Texans become better recyclers. Dubbed the "Weekend Without Waste," events are being held statewide during the weekend of October 5 to educate as many Texans as possible on what, how and where to recycle. The "Weekend Without Waste" is part of the Coca-Cola ...
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Sep
27

Enter the Don’t mess with Texas® Song Search

Are you or your neighbors passionate about litter prevention? Does seeing trash blemish majestic bluebonnet-lined highways make them sad? Is your city inspired to do your part and more to keep Texas beautiful? Are you or anyone you know musically-inclined? Then your community may be the home of the next Don't mess with Texas music legend. Music sho...
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Sep
26

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Hutto Beautiful on Community Engagement and Hutto Pride

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.  Despite the extreme growth that Hutto has experienced in the last decade, the small-town spirit and heart of the community remains. ...
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Sep
19

Fall Sweep: A Cleanup for Everyone

September 22 is the official start of Fall. Cooler weather is in the forecast and it's a great time to get outside and improve your community! We've got you covered with our Second Annual Fall Sweep supply package . Schedule an event in your area and get FREE bags and gloves from Keep Texas Beautiful! ​ There are many ways to get involved in Fall S...
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Oct
04

Volunteer Recruitment – Attracting Young Professionals to Your Organization

Many of you have asked KTB staff how to get more youth involved in your organization. Some of you have adult volunteers that may not be as familiar with technology and social media. Others are concerned about sustainability and passing your hard work and passion on to future generations. Let's face it, none of us are getting any younger and if...
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Sep
11

Volunteer Recruitment – One Person Can Make a Difference

A lot of my presentations focus on recruiting large numbers of volunteers for a big event. This is popular and important information, but I want to stop and recognize that many of you also utilize individual volunteers.These individuals often form strong relationships with your staff and the community. This includes your board members and...
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Aug
29

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Denton Beautiful on 30+ Years of Beautification and Environmental Efforts

The History of KDB If you mention Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) to a Dentonite, you'll likely get a story about how they received a free tree from us, or how they love our murals around town. KDB's history expands over three decades of beautification efforts. In 1987, Denton's City Council saw a need to beautify their small college town. At that time...
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Aug
22

Guest Blog - Water Conservation and Beautification: Free Resources for Affiliates

It's been a hot, dry summer in Texas! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , temperatures were well above average across the state in May through July—with some areas even breaking previously-recorded highs. Meanwhile, our precipitation level was below average. As of August 14, 77 percent of the state was in some le...
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Aug
10

How to Volunteer: Adopt-a-Highway Program

A Texas-sized thank you for your interest in the Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteer program! We are always in need of volunteers willing to go the extra two miles to keep our roadways litter free. For over 30 years, the Texas -born program has encouraged citizens to showcase their pride by removing unsightly litter from state-maintained roadways. In f...
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Aug
08

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Pearland Beautiful on the Evolution of Pearland

Since 1982, Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) has been empowering Pearland citizens to take responsibility for their environment. Over the years our organization has gone through many changes, shaped by the needs of our residents. For example, in the late 80's KPB managed a once per week drop off center for aluminum cans. Now, we operate a full service...
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Aug
14

Staff Blog: KTB Staff Health Challenge

​Here at KTB, the end of Conference season marks the beginning of the Recharge, Rejuvenate, and Refresh season! To celebrate, this year we decided to compete in a Staff Health Challenge.  The ultimate goal of this challenge was to refocus our energy on keeping our bodies and minds beautiful, the same way we strive to keep Texas beaut...
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