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Jun
07

Tour Austin's Famous Bat Bridge with KTB!

This post was written by Noor Alhomsi, Digital Marketing Coordinator for Keep Texas Beautiful   Every year, nearly 1.5 million Brazilian free-tailed bats migrate to Austin roosting between the beams of the Congress Ave bridge. As evening falls, a spectacular sight can be seen as the bats emerge en masse to hunt. The columns...

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May
04

Beautify Texas Awards - 2022 Organizational Winners

Congratulations to our 2022 winners for the Beautify Texas Awards! These outstanding organizations will be honored at the BTA Luncheon during our 55th Annual KTB Conference in June. We hope you will join us in Austin to celebrate! Read on to learn more about these amazing Texas Organizations that work hard every day to keep Texas beautiful! Ebby Ha...

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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
21

Beautify Texas Awards - 2022 Individual Winners

Congratulations to our 2022 winners for the Beautify Texas Awards!  These outstanding individuals will be honored at the BTA Luncheon during our 55th Annual KTB Conference in June.  We hope you will join us in Austin to celebrate! Read on to learn more about these amazing Texans that work hard every day to keep Texas b...

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Mar
11

Keep Texas Birds Safe this Migration Season

Bird Migration

Written by Elizabeth Early, Communications-Programs Intern for Keep Texas Beautiful  From March 1st to June 15th, nearly two billion birds will fly through Texas on their migratory paths. When these birds travel through our cities and rural areas, bright artificial lights at night attract and disorient them which can result in fatal collisions...

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Nov
18

How to Involve Kids in Your Cleanup (with advice from a young person!)

This blog was written by Hannah Langley, a 2021-2022 KTB Young Texan Ambassador from Troy, about her experience including kids in a cleanup, why you should too, and steps to take to ensure success. I had an amazing experience hosting my first cleanup as a Keep Texas Beautiful Young Texan Ambassador! I was proud to see elementary-aged school ki...

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Oct
14

The Tale of Texas Arbor Day

Importance of Trees throughout History It's hard to overstate the importance of trees to our daily lives. They offer us basic needs like shade and oxygen, provide habitat for animals, and create beautiful landscapes for us to explore.  Trees are also important resources that provide us with lumber to build ou...

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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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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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