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America Recycles Day + STAR

First day of school pictures are starting to flood social media feeds, and before we know it, we'll be trading the stifling Texas heat for some cooler fall weather and the much-needed back-to-school routine. For recyclers across Texas and beyond, the start of school also means that one of our favorite holidays, America Recycles Day , is right aroun...
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Keep America Beautiful Presents Pflugerville's Sarah Young with First Place Youth Recognition Award

Pflugerville's Sarah Young was recognized for her outstanding commitment to improving her community environment with the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) First Place Youth 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 where KAB affiliate leaders from across the country share their best practices and celebrate their successes of the past year. The Keep America Beautiful Youth Recognition Awards are open to individuals or groups who exhibited an outstanding commitment to improving their community environment and who comprehensively support the Keep America Beautiful mission through their projects and programs implemented in the community. Young was nominated by Keep Texas Beautiful.Sarah Young was recognized for outstanding community work and leadership. She is a founding member and Youth Director of Discover Green - Young Environmental Leaders, Inc., a young-led environmental movement, dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment; empowering students to take action through environmentally-focused projects; and taking action to protect the environment for current and future generations.

Young is also involved in Girl Scouts, 4-H, the city of Pflugerville - Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lower Colorado River Authority as a Water Quality Monitor.  Having earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, Keep Texas Beautiful's Youth Award of Excellence and Texas One Star Foundation's First Lady Rising Star Award, Young is committed to being a role model to others.

"It's my privilege to honor sarah young and celebrate her dedication to improving the quality of life in central texas," said cathie gail, executive director of keep texas beautiful. "in the spirit of keep texas beautiful, sarah serves as a role model to local youth, affecting change through education and awareness of environmental issues."

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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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