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Jan
15

GCAA 2018 Category 9: Abilene

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Jan
08

GCAA 2018 Category 8: Baytown

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Jan
03

GCAA 2018 Category 7: Grapevine

​ Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citiz...
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Dec
19

GCAA 2018 Category 6: Lake Jackson

​ Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citiz...
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Dec
18

GCAA 2018 Category 5: Katy

​ Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citiz...
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Dec
13

GCAA 2018 Category 4: Seabrook

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Dec
10

GCAA 2018 Category 3: Brady

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Dec
07

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Katy Beautiful on Celebrating Christmas in Katy

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful. Check out past highlighted affiliates here .  ​ Katy is known to many as the "huge suburb west of Houston," but what many people don't know is that the c...
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Dec
05

Staff Blog: Turning Holiday Heroes into Annual Champions for Your Cause

It's the holiday season and the season when 1/3 of donors are looking to give back and get a nice tax break in return. In fact, 12% of all giving happens in the last three days of the year. So, make it easy for them! Make your campaign easy to access on your website, ensure the least number of clicks and information collection possible on your...
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Dec
04

Guest Blog: Share These Tips and Infographic to Help Your Community Save Energy this Winter

Frosty weather has arrived in Texas. Although it's rare to see extremely low temperatures in much of our state, the cold weather still has an impact on your energy bill. Across Texas, heating accounts for 22 percent of a household's energy consumption, on average. And, due to rising fuel prices, most households in the United States can expect highe...
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Nov
30

GCAA 2018 Category 2: Nolanville

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Nov
28

Guest Blog: Nissan – Nissan Green Program

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly developed a collection of global goals for communities and businesses to use for addressing social issues like education, energy, and the environment by 2030. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are supported by Nissan , who in turn has updated its Nissan Green Program (NGP), a series of midterm e...
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Nov
19

Guest Blog: Port Aransas RETREET

Last June, RETREET's executive director, Grady McGahan, gave the keynote speech at the 50th Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference opening luncheon. He told the crowd all about RETREET's unique mission and diverse community, as well as the fortuitous series of events that brought both into being. After his presentation, representatives from Ke...
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Nov
15

Staff Blog: Recycling Resources For You

It's officially America Recycles Day (ARD)! If you don't know what ARD is, I wrote a blog a few years ago about the nationally celebrated holiday that focuses all on recycling and how it actually has its roots in Texas. Now, Keep America Beautiful administers the program and provides numerous resources and content for groups all across the country&...
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Nov
13

GCAA 2018 Category 1: Salado

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...
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Nov
08

Volunteer Recognition – “Thank you!”

​ Gracias! Merci! Danke! No matter how you say it, "thank you" is the easiest and most powerful statement you can say to your volunteers. A simple thank you can solidify the positive experience they had with you and not only keep them coming back, but they will bring their friends, too. Thank you can make the difference between feeling appreciated ...
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Oct
30

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Odessa Beautiful and their Recycle Fashion Show Program

​ The mission of Keep Odessa Beautiful is to empower Odessans to recycle, prevent litter, and beautify our community. Our goal is to educate on the importance of proper waste disposal, waste reduction, and the conservation of our natural resources by encouraging our citizens to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We promote and coordinate litter preven...
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Oct
26

Volunteer Retention – Keep Them Coming Back for More

Now that you have recruited a database full of fabulous volunteers, how do you keep them coming back for more? Recruitment can be time consuming and you definitely don't want to start over every time you need volunteers. Make sure you keep notes on who you contacted and collect contact information from all of your participating volunteers.This will...
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Oct
16

Staff Blog: The Periodic Report - A Requirement for all Texas Nonprofit Corporations

Did you know that if your affiliate organization is a Texas nonprofit, you are required to file a periodic report with the Texas Secretary of State at least once every four years? If so, you can stop reading, but if this is news to you, read on! ​ Section 22.357 of the Texas Business Organizations Code requires all nonprofit corporations to fi...
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Oct
11

Guest Blog: Waste Management - Recycle Often. Recycle Right.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "one bad apple spoils the bunch?" The same is true for recycling, where one non-recyclable item can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials. A single, wrong item in the recycling bin represents a global problem that's preventing thousands of tons of recyclables from ever seeing a second life. Don't let this...
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