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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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Jun
15

Meet our 2021 Beautify Texas Award Winners - Individual Categories

Blog Post written by Karen Maldonado, Project Manager. Most of us are starting to emerge from a long hibernation during the pandemic.  We stayed at home for work and school, postponed visits with family and friends and avoided local stores and eateries.  This slowed many of our affiliates down, too, but it did not...
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Apr
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep San Saba Beautiful

Written by Sarah Saldivar, Executive Director, Keep San Saba Beautiful (KSSB) In 2007, the new City Manager, familiar with the guiding principles of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), asked the City Council for assistance in preventing litter and in beautification. And so, began the formation of our affiliate, Keep San Sab...
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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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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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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
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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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
07

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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Dec
22

Guest Blog: Don't Spark a Wildfire This Holiday Season

Blog post written by Erin O'Connor, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist III at Texas A&M Forest Service Did you know humans and their activities cause more than 90% of wildfires in Texas? This winter season, Texas A&M Forest Service is urging Texans to avoid participating in activities that may start a fire. One spark ca...
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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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Oct
15

Keep Lewisville Beautiful Adapts to Cleanup Changes with a Green Bag Grant

Amy Wells is the Executive Director of Keep Lewisville Beautiful. On this blog, she shares her experience with utilizing a Green Bag Grant to adapt to new changes during a pandemic.  In the midst of COVID restrictions, Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) wanted to give back to our community and support volunteers, but with event restrictions and C...
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Oct
08

Guest Blog: Latino Outdoors is #TogetherApart

Where The Wind Blows And The River Flows/Donde El Viento Sopla Y El Aire Fluye Dice Hola! My name is Josie Gutierrez and I am a Latina and the Program Coordinator for Latino Outdoors - Southwest. People often ask how I got involved with the organization. I say it was a mutual discovery. I started exploring the outdoors after my children had outgrow...
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