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May
28

Staff Blog: Recreating Responsibly During a Pandemic

As the weather warms up and stay-at-home orders are lifted across the state, Texas' parks and green spaces have seen a large increase in traffic. Spending time outdoors has become increasingly important for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as summer approaches and many camps and summer vacations cancelled, we expect that the increase i...
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May
14

Recycling and Waste Tips During COVID-19 from Waste Management

As we all focus on health and safety, we are spending more time at home. This has led to an increased amount of waste and recyclables, including health supplies like facial tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks and disposable gloves.One way you can help protect the environment and sanit...
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May
12

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Wilson County Beautiful

What a Wild Ride it's Been: Our beautification ups and downs What a roller-coaster our work has been over the last few decades. Starting slow and steady in 1999, the association was ready to roll. The ride enjoyed highs and lows for a while until the inevitable trudging along lead into a dark tunnel of the unknown. For several years, the ...
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May
11

Congratulations to our KTB Youth and Educator Award Winners!

At a time when school has become a sheltered, at home activity, KTB would like to remind you of all the fabulous youth and educators out there that spent last year doing great things in their community.  We received many applications for our KTB Youth and Educator Awards and we applaud all nominees.  Without further ad...
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Apr
23

Youth Advisory Councils - Involving Youth in Your Affiliate Leadership

There are millions of teens and young adults around the globe who are interested in getting involved and making a difference. Sure, they may choose their phones and use social media as their platform, but it doesn't mean they are any less powerful or important than the rest of us.  Take for example Mexican born activist&nbs...
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Apr
21

Proper Disposal of PPE During COVID-19

Before COVID-19 became a part of our lives, community organizations were picking up plastic bottles, cigarette butts and fast food litter.  We were fighting for Bottle Bills, Bag Bans and declaring war on plastic straws.  Current trends during COVID-19 show a different future coming for litter cleanups.  We are se...
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Apr
06

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Levelland Beautiful

Levelland, county seat of Hockley County, is located on the Llano Estacado, 30 miles west of Lubbock and established in 1912 by C.W. Post. Levelland's population is 13,762 and is the 189th largest city in Texas. Keep Levelland Beautiful is happy to serve this rural community on the move.  Just like so many other affiliates, the current pa...
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Apr
02

Congratulations to our KTB Award Winners!

Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful reaches out across the Lone Star State to find amazing people doing stellar things to keep Texas clean and beautiful.  We search for leaders, volunteers, businesses and organizations working hard to make a difference in their communities.  After months of collecting and exploring applications we are proud t...
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Feb
27

Engaging Volunteers through Citizen Scientist Programs

To prepare for our upcoming webinar, we thought we should give you some background on the role of citizen scientists and the related programs run by our guest speakers.What is a citizen scientist?The dictionary defines citizen scientist as, "a member of the general public who collects and analyzes data relating to the natural world, typically as pa...
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Feb
19

Staff Blog: Speak at KTB's Annual Conference

Do you have a program or project that you're particularly proud of that has effected change in your community? If so, we would love to have you participate as a speaker for the Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference, which this year takes place June 15-17 in Houston. Speaking at the KTB conference is a great way to teach others about the successes ...
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Nov
11

Staff Blog: State of Recycling in Texas pt. 2

In March 2018, we published a blog about the state of the recycling industry and how the China Sword (China's import ban on contaminated material) was affecting recycling markets, and therefore, recycling programs all across the country. It's been about a year and a half since we wrote that blog, and with America Recycles Day coming up this week, w...
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Oct
03

Affiliate of the Month: Clean and Proud for 33 Years Keeping Abilene Beautiful!

Welcome to Keep Abilene Beautiful, where for over 33 years, we have served our community. Our very first Executive Director was Donna Albus, who now sits on the city council and is a force to be reckoned with. She has such a philanthropic heart and a commitment to the beautification of Abilene.​Abilene continues to be one of the best mid-sized citi...
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Jul
23

Scenic Cities 2019

This month, 21 Texas municipalities earned official Scenic City certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), and 16 statewide program partner organizations. These municipalities have demonstrated their commitment to enact high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and pub...
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Jun
10

Affiliate of the Month: 35 Years of Keeping Austin Beautiful

Here at Keep Austin Beautiful, we inspire and educate all Austinites to volunteer together, beautify green spaces, clean waterways and reduce waste every day.Austin is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. At Keep Austin Beautiful, we are increasingly focused on addressing some of the key environmental issues raised by r...
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Jun
05

Sessions to Attend at our Annual Conference

We hope to see everyone at our Annual Conference in Rockwall from June 18-20! If you haven't registered yet and would like to attend, the deadline to register is ​June 11. Learn more and register at ktb.org/conference.  During the conference, there will be several educational sessions where you can learn more about how to improve your org...
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Feb
28

Spring Cleaning With The Great American Cleanup

For 21 years, the Great American Cleanup (GAC)has been a signature program of Keep America Beautiful (KAB). On average, this nationwide event brings out 3.4 million volunteers in 20,000 different communities. The event runs from March 1 thru May 31 and encourages communities to improve themselves in various ways. Although started as a litter cleanu...
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Feb
20

Community Engagement in the Legislative Process

On February 21, KTB is visiting the State Capitol for Keep Texas Beautiful Day. We'll be visiting our elected officials to educate the new legislature on the value of KTB programs and the positive impact that our affiliates have in their local communities. Follow along online and @KeepTXBeautiful on social media to learn about affili...
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Feb
12

Staff Blog: Event Planning 101

Hi there, Tina Litzner here, Operations & Events Manager at KTB. One of the many hats that I wear is event planning for all things Conference. This is my favorite part of my job.Keep Texas Beautiful has been churning out a conference for our members, volunteers and affiliates for many years. The KTB conference is a unique event w...
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Feb
05

Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Guide

​Love is in the air! Valentine's day is just around the corner, and everyone is planning what gifts to give their loved ones. This year, ditch the wasteful paper cards and plastic chocolate boxes. Get your Valentine a more eco-friendly gift. It can be hard to think of environmentally friendly gifts, so we came up with a few ideas for you. These ide...
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Jan
29

KTB 101: Acronyms

Are you versed in the KTB lingo? When I began working at Keep Texas Beautiful, I admittedly was not. I actually printed a list of KTB acronyms to refer to, so I could know what everyone was talking about! Affiliates would call and email wanting supplies for the GAC (Great American Cleanup) and DMWTTO (Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off)...
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