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Beautify Texas Awards

The Beautify Texas Awards recognize efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect the Texas environment.

The 2023 Awards process will open on Monday, February 7, 2023, and close on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 5 p.m. CST. Winners will be announced in May 2023 and recognized at the annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference in June 2023.

Submissions

In order to make nominations for any of the following awards, you need to create or login into an existing account.  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. Late, emailed, mailed, or faxed entries will be automatically disqualified.

Please note: Previous winners will not be eligible to win in the same category again until three years after their win. For example, 2020 winners will be eligible to win in the same category again in 2023. 

Individual Awards

Stan Weik

Leadership

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

This award recognizes an adult individual who supports the mission of KTB through extraordinary volunteer efforts and contributes 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 is defined as a student (elementary through post graduate), scout, youth advisory board member, etc.

Sadie Ray Graff

Educator

This award recognizes the efforts of an educator that provides instruction/programming to Pre-K through college students to encourage youth involvement and promote the KTB mission through environmental education.

Organizational Awards

Ebby Halliday & Maurice Acers

Business/Industry

Recognizes one business with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses. 

Outstanding Program

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

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 & Outreach

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

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

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.

HONOREES

Several of the Beautify Texas Awards are named in honor of notable people who were an important part of Keep Texas Beautiful’s founding and development over its 55+ year history. Let’s meet them:

Stan Weik

Stan Weik, together with his wife, Joanne, devoted his time, energy, and joyful spirit to elevating Keep San Saba Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), He served on the KTB board for many years, and served as its president in 2012. Over the years, Stan won many awards for his service including the Iron Eyes Cody Award from Keep America Beautiful, their highest honor, and the KTB Leadership Award.

OP Schnabel

O.P. Schnabel, a San Antonio insurance salesman, was a pioneer in spreading the anti-litter message. Upon returning from a trip to Switzerland in 1948 where he was struck by the cleanliness of the Swiss cities, Schnabel was inspired to organize the Beautify San Antonio Association. In 1967, he became the founding president of the Beautify Texas Council, later re-named Keep Texas Beautiful.

Ruthe Jackson

Ruthe Jackson was the first female president and a founding member of Keep Texas Beautiful. Ruthe served on the Grand Prairie City Council, serving most of her tenure as Mayor Pro Tem or Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, and won multiple awards and honors including the Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Environmental Award in 1977. Ruthe helped to establish the KTB Patch Program, and KTB’s Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Awards were named in her honor.

Sadie Ray Graff

Sadie Ray Graff was a Texas educator for more than 50 years. After retiring from education in 1971, she and her husband, Waldo, continued to serve actively in the Beautify San Antonio Association. She visited elementary schools to involve them in recycling and conservation projects. The Sadie Ray Graff Awards were named in her honor to recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the KTB mission through environmental education.

Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers

Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers were business owners with a passion for keeping Texas clean and beautiful. Ebby was well-known as the “First Lady of Real Estate.” Her enterprise. Ebby Halliday Realtors, is one of the largest privately owned residential real estate firms in the country. Acers secured the partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and named the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards.