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May
18

Mentor of the Month: Kim Casey

Kim Casey is the Executive Director of Keep Longview Beautiful. Keep Longview Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) organization run by Kim and 25 volunteer Directors. As the only employee of Keep Longview Beautiful, Kim is involved in every part of the organization's work. Keep Longview Beautiful is a busy community organization, so Kim keeps up with the day-t...

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May
04

The Lone Star Hiking Trail: Parks and Trails Cleanup Month

As part of the Great American Cleanup, May is designated as Parks and Trails Cleanup Month. Texas is home to thousands of miles of trails and hundreds of thousands of acres of parks. One trail of great significance in Texas is the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT). This trail is the longest continuous hiking trail in the state, connecting private land ...

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Apr
06

Mentor of the Month: Vicki Gist

Did you know that all Keep Texas Beautiful provisional and official affiliates have access to an Affiliate Mentor? Keep Texas Beautiful started the affiliate mentor program back in 2018 as a way to help meet the needs of the nearly 300 affiliates across the state. The program aims to provide guidance for new, struggling, or disengaged affiliat...

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Mar
30

Women's History Month: Ruthe Jackson

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Written by Elizabeth Early, Communications-Programs Intern Keep Texas Beautiful has a long legacy of extraordinary and innovative women. This Women's History Month, we want to celebrate the contributions that women have made to Keep Texas Beautiful's mission. At Keep Texas Beautiful, we believe that the conservation and beautification movements nee...

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Feb
23

Recognizing Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice

 Written by Elizabeth Early, Communications-Programs Intern Known as the father of environmental justice, Dr. Bullard is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University and has received achievement awards from the National Wildlife Foundation, Sierra Club, and the United Nations Environment Program. Dr. Bullard has had...

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Oct
22

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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Aug
05

Tips for Second-hand Shopping

Blog post written by Kassidy Litchenburg, Programs Intern at Keep Texas Beautiful. In case you haven't heard, vintage is the new black. All of a sudden, the newest trend is reselling, rewearing, and bringing back clothes from the past. In just the last 5 years, second-hand shopping has exploded in Texas, becoming its own sector of the economy (Sour...

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Jun
24

2021 Beautify Texas Award Winners - Organizational Awards

Blog post written by Kassidy Litchenburg, Programs Intern.  The past year and a half challenged all of us— from implementing virtual processes to rethinking approaches altogether, many groups made exponential progress in the face of the pandemic. While 2020 may have felt like a setback, Texans continued to move forward in good works! Six organ...

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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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Feb
26

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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Dec
08

How to Increase Biodiversity in Your Own Backyard

What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is the variety of species existing within an ecosystem. This includes plants, animals, and fungi. This is super important because increases in biodiversity boost overall ecosystem productivity and ensure natural sustainability for all life forms. Here is a list of easy ways you can increase biodiversity at home. 1...

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Aug
13

Back to School: Youth Resources for Students and Teachers

The Back to School season is upon us! With students and teachers preparing to get back into the swing of their school daily routines, we have youth and educator resources ready to be used in every learning environment. Visit our Youth Resource Library where you can find listings of ready-made youth programs, lesson plans, and templates availab...

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Aug
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Orange County Beautiful

The Affiliate of the Month Campaign highlights the stories of our affiliates; hard-working, boots on the ground organizations, who are committed to keeping their communities clean and beautiful. Orange County was one of many affiliates affected by COVID-19. They were able to pivot and continue to be a resource to their community in these uncertain ...

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Jul
21

What to Expect at our Virtual Conference

Our 53rd Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference is a little over a month away, and we would like to answer any pressing questions or concerns of how to navigate our two-day virtual conference experience. The decision to host the event virtually still allows for an educational experience all while prioritizing the health and safety of all attendees....

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Jun
23

Understanding the Positive Environmental Effects of COVID-19

In these last few months, COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on our everyday lives. From having to remember to wear a face mask when out in public to respecting social distancing guidelines, COVID-19 has affected us in numerous ways. Aside from it changing our everyday habits, the virus has led to healing the environment in positive and unthin...

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Apr
01

Continuing Community Improvement

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has caused millions of people to self-isolate, per CDC social distancing guidelines. Public health officials recommend limiting the time we all spend in public spaces to slow the spread of the virus. Adopting these practices is necessary to contain the infection level to one that our healthcare system can bear. As we ...

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Mar
12

Waterways Cleanup Month: Problems Facing Our Waters

This month, Keep Texas Beautiful is highlighting Texas's aquatic resources by designating March Waterways Cleanup Month. More than 80,000 miles worth of rivers, streams, and bayous crisscross Texas, adding to our state's profound natural beauty. Texas is home to 15 major rivers and 3,700 named streams (per Texas Parks and Wildlife), which are integ...

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Feb
12

Green Love: Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Tips

February is here, and with it comes cooler weather, Super Bowl parties, and, of course, Valentine's Day! Planning out the perfect date can be challenging, especially when you're trying to stay eco-conscious. However, with a little bit of thought and planning, you can show as much love for the environment as you do to your partner. Here are some use...

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Dec
13

GCAA 2019 Category 10: Brownsville

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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Dec
13

GCAA 2019 Category 9: Lewisville

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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