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Dec
21

Litter on the Bayou

Written by Dylan Manshack, Communications Coordinator for KTB Last month, Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), in collaboration with Texans for Clean Water and Indorama Ventures, hosted a boat tour of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas to witness first-hand the impact of litter on the waterway. Executive Director of KTB, Suzanne Kho, and KTB Board Presiden...
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Dec
21

Sustainable Landscaping: Planning for Spring

Written by Katie Harris, Intern for KTB  With spring just around the corner, many people are planning their upcoming landscape or garden layout. While planning your landscape, it is important to consider the impact on the surrounding wildlife and environment. Creating a beautiful landscape for your house or farm that beautifies your ...
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Dec
13

Mentor-of-the-Month: Timothy Hamilton

Written by Sara Walters, Program Manager for Keep Texas Beautiful Did you know that all Keep Texas Beautiful provisional and official affiliates have access to an Affiliate Mentor? KTB started the affiliate mentor program back in 2018 as a way to help meet the needs of the nearly 300 affiliates across the state. The program aims to provide guidance...
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Dec
06

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Wolfe City Beautiful

Written by Betty Teel Malone, Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Wolfe City Beautiful.Keep Wolfe City Beautiful is a new affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful. For more information about the process to become an affiliate please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit here for more info.Wolfe City is a small rural community, and in my eyes, the best pl...
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Nov
18

How to Involve Kids in Your Cleanup (with advice from a young person!)

This blog was written by Hannah Langley, a 2021-2022 KTB Young Texan Ambassador from Troy, about her experience including kids in a cleanup, why you should too, and steps to take to ensure success. I had an amazing experience hosting my first cleanup as a Keep Texas Beautiful Young Texan Ambassador! I was proud to see elementary-aged school ki...
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Nov
03

KTB's Volunteer of the Month: Babji Yalamanchili

Babji Yalamanchili, a native of India, is the organizer and founder of Keep Amarillo Clean and Keep the Panhandle Clean. With his wife, Dr. Devi Yalamanchili, the two are working their way across school districts, counties, cities, and towns in the Texas Panhandle garnering support for what every Texan should be able to get behi...
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279 Hits
Oct
25

Making Halloween Décor Sustainable

Autumn is here which means pumpkin patches, cooler weather (hopefully), and most importantly Halloween! This season, consider ditching the energy inefficient plastic Halloween decorations and opt for these cute, sustainable, and kid-friendly decorations instead! Let those creative juices flow into new sustainable decorations for your haunted house....
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Oct
19

The Tale of Texas Arbor Day

Importance of Trees throughout History It's hard to overstate the importance of trees to our daily lives. They offer us basic needs like shade and oxygen, provide habitat for animals, and create beautiful landscapes for us to explore.  Trees are also important resources that provide us with lumber to build ou...
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Sep
01

2021 Rebuilding Texas Fund Grant winners announced

Keep Texas Beautiful is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Rebuilding Texas Fund Grants. These grants will support restoration or replanting projects to the winning communities in the wake of the February winter storm. The winning communities are:  Keep Abilene Beautiful Keep Big Spring BeautifulKeep Brushy Creek BeautifulKeep Chandle...
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Aug
13

Creative and Safe Options for Fall Cleanups

Did your Fall Sweep get canceled in 2020? Are you tired of waiting for the pandemic to end so you can clean up your community?  The wait is over!  With a successful pandemic Fall Sweep and Great American Cleanup under our belts, we have lots of great ideas for you to get out there and engage your community! Check ...
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Jun
17

Meet our 2021 Beautify Texas Award Winners - Individual Categories

Blog Post written by Karen Maldonado, Project Manager. Most of us are starting to emerge from a long hibernation during the pandemic.  We stayed at home for work and school, postponed visits with family and friends and avoided local stores and eateries.  This slowed many of our affiliates down, too, but it did not...
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941 Hits
Jun
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Chandler Beautiful

Blog post written by Nancy Bertholf, Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Chandler Beautiful.  Being a small town affiliate of KTB usually means your volunteer pool is small and funding sources are minimal. Chandler, a city of 3,400 today, has doubled its size in the past 25 years but has also doubled its determination to provide its residents with p...
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May
24

Guest Blog: Keep Surfside Beach Trashbag Program

Blog Post Written by Michelle Booth, Tourism Specialist, Village of Surfside Beach  My husband, Rob, and I moved to Surfside in the winter of 2014. Our first summer in Surfside was 2015, and we started to notice all the food and trash people would bring in with them to the beach and how much they would leave behind! We...
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May
14

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Paris Beautiful

Blog post written by Julia Trigg Crawford, Chairperson, Keep Paris Beautiful/Make Lamar County Shine If you're like me, this past year opened your eyes to many things...the science of proper handwashing, the art of lighting the room for a Zoom call, and the reality of the unheralded superheroes who work among us like nurses, grocery store workers, ...
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Apr
28

Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Celebrates Parks and Trails Month

Blog post written by Amanda Maron, KGPB Coordinator, City of Grand Prairie - Solid Waste and Recycling Division Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program, taking place annually each spring from March through May. Keep Texas Beautiful recently introduced themed...
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Apr
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep San Saba Beautiful

Written by Sarah Saldivar, Executive Director, Keep San Saba Beautiful (KSSB) In 2007, the new City Manager, familiar with the guiding principles of Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), asked the City Council for assistance in preventing litter and in beautification. And so, began the formation of our affiliate, Keep San Sab...
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Apr
08

How YOU Can Help Reduce Roadside Litter

Blog Post Written by Colton Mitchell, KTB Intern.  April is Roadside Cleanup Month! Clean roadways are vital to environmental health, so it is super important to do our part to keep them as clean as possible. A large part of the pollution on roadways comes from things people throw out of their car windows, this is detrimental to our envir...
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Mar
26

Guest Blog: Costa Cleanups are keeping it clean on South Padre Island

Blog post written by Tonya Tallard, Founder of Costa Cleanups.  Costa Cleanups is a team of dedicated ambassadors and volunteers that focus on cleaning unmaintained, beautiful areas of shoreline littered with ocean trash in South Padre Island. Members of Costa Cleanups have been cleaning beaches and waterways for years, but Costa Cleanups...
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Mar
23

Beautify Texas Awards Past Winner Highlight: Martha Knies

Blog post written by Sarah Attwood and Stephanie Nestlerode of Keep Wimberley Beautiful Martha Knies exemplifies the unmatched volunteer spirit that characterizes the CAN-DO attitude found in Wimberley Texas. In 1992, before Wimberley's incorporation, Martha was having breakfast on the Square with her friends, when they started talking about a...
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Mar
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Brazos Beautiful

Blog post written by Erin Stewart, Executive Director, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Inc. Keep Brazos Beautiful has been proudly serving Brazos County since its formation in 1980. The non-profit was established after Jack and Dorothy Miller organized a very successful cleanup for the community and wanted to continue the beautification efforts. T...
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