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Beautify Texas Awards

Beautify Texas KTB Awards BannersThe Beautify Texas Awards include many of the same categories of the former Keep Texas Beautiful Awards. They are now organized into two main categories, Individual Awards and Organization Awards. The application period will open and close at the same time for all awards.

The Beautify Texas Awards application opens on February 22, 2021.
Applications close March 25, 2021 at 5 pm CDT.

The Beautify Texas Awards, formerly the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards, recognize the efforts of those working to enhance their community and protecting the Lone Star State. These awards range in honoring extraordinary volunteers, professionals, youth, educators, businesses, local/civic governments, organizations and specific projects and programs. One winner per category will be selected and recognized at the annual KTB Conference.

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Beautify Texas Awards info sheet

Beautify Texas Awards application

Limit 5 applications per category per nominator. We reserve the right to move any submission to a different category in which it fits better. Previous winners will not be eligible to win in the same category again until three years after their win. For example, 2018 winners will be eligible to win in the same category again in 2021. Late, emailed, mailed or faxed entries will be automatically disqualified.


  • Submission

    In order to make nominations for any of the following awards, you need to create or login into an existing account at https://ktb.secure-platform.com. A maximum of 5 nominations per nominator per category is allowed. We reserve the right to move any submission to a different category in which it
    better fits. There is no longer a fee to apply for the Beautify Texas Awards. Late, emailed, mailed or faxed entries will be automatically disqualified.

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  • Criteria

    • Background: Provide a profile of the organization or individual, including their history of sustained engagement with the local KTB affiliate and/or other community environmental organization(s). (10 points, 200 words maximum)
    • Impact: Provide a brief summary of the nominee’s project/program and how their efforts improved the community’s environment. Please include any results that were measured by their involvement. What impact will this effort have on future generations? (20 points, 300 words maximum)
    • Collaboration: Please explain the nominee’s efforts to work with others to achieve community goals. To what extent did the projects/program involve others in the community? Did their efforts lead to new partners who had not participated in the past? (20 points, 300 words maximum)
    • Innovation: Describe unique and/or creative ways in which the nominee went above and beyond the call of duty through their work or volunteerism. Describe how their efforts adjusted and adapted to the ongoing pandemic during 2020. (20 points, 300 words maximum)
    • Mission/Vision: Describe how the nominee contributes to the KTB mission "to inspire and empower Texans to keep our communities clean and beautiful" and vision to make "Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation". How have the nominee’s efforts helped make their community a better place to live, work, and play? (20 points, 300 words maximum)
    • Supplemental Materials: Used to substantiate the responses in your written application. Upload 5-15 items, such as newspaper articles, letters of recognition, photographs, awards and printed brochures. Supplemental materials must be from 2020. Please make sure your captions adequately describe the supplemental materials. (10 points)

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  • Important Dates

    All applications should detail programming, events and service from January 1 - December 31, 2019, All applications should detail programming, events and service from January 1 - December 31, 2020, with the exception of the Leadership Award since it is for lifetime achievement. The application will open on Monday, February 22, 2021 and close on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 5 p.m. CST​. Previous winners will not be eligible to win in the same category again until three years after their win. For example, 2018 winners will be eligible to win in the same category again in 2021.

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Individual Awards

Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award
The most prestigious award Keep Texas Beautiful presents, this once-in-a-lifetime professional distinction is awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in improving and enhancing the environment of their community, the state of Texas and beyond.

OP Schnabel Volunteer of the Year
Recognizes individuals who support the mission of KTB through extraordinary volunteer efforts and contribute to the betterment of their community.

Ruthe Jackson Youth Individual
This award recognizes the efforts and leadership of youth (as individuals and their collective efforts as a group or team) to beautify the community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks and neighborhoods. A youth individual (up to 18 years old) is defined as a student, scout, youth advisory board member, etc.

Sadie Ray Graff Educator
This award recognizes the efforts of educators that provide instruction/programming to Pre-K through college students to encourage youth involvement and promote the KTB mission through environmental education.

Organization Awards

Ebby Halliday & Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award
Recognizes one business with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses.

Outstanding Program Award
Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/county/state government departments, divisions or agencies supporting the KTB mission through a specific, continual program.

Outstanding Project Award
Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/county/state government departments supporting the KTB mission through a specific one-time project or event from the previous year.

Public Education and Outreach Award
Recognizes the public awareness and education efforts of civic organizations and city/county/state government departments in print and/or electronic media in supporting environmental issues. This award is also applicable to media outlets.

Ruthe Jackson Youth Organization Award
This award recognizes the efforts and leadership of youth-oriented organizations to beautify the community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks and neighborhoods. Youth Organization is defined as a scout group, student-led organization, youth advisory board, etc.

Sadie Ray Graff Educational Institution
This award recognizes the efforts of educational institutions that provide instruction/programming to Pre K through college students to encourage youth involvement and promote the KTB mission through environmental education.

 

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