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Native Garden Grants Winning Projects

  On National Planting Day, September 9, 2017, Keep Texas Beautiful in partnership with AEP Texas awarded six affiliate communities the Native Garden Grant to create and maintain a native plant demonstration garden. They were: Keep Alpine Beautiful , Keep Cleburne Beautiful , Keep Gatesville Beautiful , Keep Grapevine Beautiful , Kee...
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KTB Awards: Individuals and Organizations

It's almost time for the 2018 Keep Texas Beautiful Awards! These awards recognize the efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect the Texas environment. The nomination reporting opens on January 15, 2018. All nominations and payment must be submitted online by Friday, February 16, 2018. Late, emailed, mail...
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Changes in the 2018 GCAA Application

Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, is excited to announce the 2018 Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA). For more than 30 years, these prestigious awards have been awarded Texas communities for outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. This year, ten winning communities will sh...
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Preview the 2018 GCAA Questions!

It's almost time for the 2018 Governor's Community Achievement Awards! Every year, 10 winning communities share $2 million in landscape awards in recognition of their efforts to keep their communities beautiful. For more than 30 years, these prestigious awards have been awarded to deserving communities across the state of Texas. This year, the appl...
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Helping Texans in Need: Quick Tips

There have been a lot of great pieces of advice about supporting those in need floating around on the internet post-Harvey, Irma and beyond. Borrowed from a friend of KTB, below are a few tips on how to help your family, friends and communities after a disaster.  Be VERY SPECIFIC in your offer to assist. It is difficult to think straight and m...
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Collin County's Lee Howe Receives Keep America Beautiful National Law Enforcement Award

Collin County Deputy Lee Howe was recognized for his outstanding work in the field of environmental law enforcement with the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Law Enforcement Recognition Award.

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities, presented the award during its recent National Conference in Charlotte, NC. The Keep America Beautiful Law Enforcement Recognition Awards honor the law enforcement professionals who have exceeded the duty requirements expected of their position and have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

Howe has served in law enforcement for over 40 years, and in 2009 was promoted to Environmental Enforcement Deputy, targeting illegal dumping in Collin County. With his leadership, Howe initiated a collaborative effort and created a critical team among County departments. He works with many of the cities, towns and rural communities in Collin County, and regularly assists with the annual City of McKinney Texas Trash-Off. His hands on approach sets a powerful example for his colleagues and yields tangible results in terms of reducing illegal dump sites.

"It's my privilege to honor Lee Howe and celebrate his dedication to improving the quality of life in Collin County," said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. "In the spirit of Keep Texas Beautiful, Lee affects change through education and awareness of illegal dumping."


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