For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year.
The awards recognize achievement in seven areas:
- Community Leadership and Coordination
- Public Awareness
- Beautification and Community Improvement
- Litter Prevention and Cleanup
- Solid Waste Management
- Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement
The competition distributes $2 million in funding from TxDOT across the ten communities, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven different areas: community leadership and coordination, public awareness, education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management and litter law and illegal dumping enforcement.
Access our Awards Toolkit for more information, tips and tools to help you with the application process.
Congratulations to the 2014 GCAA recipients, listed below:
Category 1: Up to 3,000
Category 2: 3,001 - 5,500
Category 3: 5,501 - 9,000
Category 4: 9,001 - 15,000
Category 5: 15,001 - 25,000
Burleson County, $180,000
Category 6: 25,001 - 40,000
Lake Jackson, $210,000
Category 7: 40,001 - 65,000
Category 8: 65,001 - 90,000
Sugar Land, $270,000
Category 9: 90,001 - 180,000
Category 10: 180,000+