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Aug
08

Keep Smithville Beautiful - Murals, Murals, Everywhere - And Other Projects, Too!

Smithville is a small, rural town in Central Texas with a population arguably at about 4,000 people. Keep Smithville Beautiful (KSB) is a committee of the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce. Despite its small budget, KSB enjoys the support of a large network of volunteers and partners that help make sure that Smithville is working towards the goal...
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Jul
23

Scenic Cities 2019

This month, 21 Texas municipalities earned official Scenic City certification through the Scenic City Certification Program , a project of Scenic Texas , Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), and 16 statewide program partner organizations . These municipalities have demonstrated their commitment to enact high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and ...
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Jul
24

Legislative Session Round-Up for Affiliates

On May 27th, the Texas Legislature's 86th session concluded. Out of the 8,753 bills filed for the  session, 1429 were passed, a few of these of interest to KTB affiliates. These include allocations  of funds to parks in the state budget and a bill concerning the recycling industry. One interesting bill passed this session was Senate Bill ...
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Jul
18

Keep Texas Beautiful Honors 2019 Youth and Educators

We love working with and recognizing all of our outstanding youth and educators across the state. We're proud to show off our Keep Texas Beautiful Awards for this year's Youth and Educator recipients. This program honors extraordinary students, educators and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Each application is judged on...
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Jul
15

​Keep Texas Beautiful Honors 2019 Individuals and Organizations

Here at KTB, we're pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Keep Texas Beautiful Awards for Individuals and Organizations. The award program identifies individuals, businesses, media outlets and government agencies who have made an impact in their community and helped further our vision to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nat...
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Jul
11

Staff Blog: Carbon Offsets - What Are They And How Can We Help Reduce Our Footprint?

In the world of environmentalism, many hear buzz-words like "zero-waste" and "trash-free," but aren't really sure what the impact of these causes or actions are. We'll be unpacking some of this terminology on our blog and helping every-day humans, just like you, learn how you can positively create change in your community and your own personal envi...
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Jul
09

Affiliate of the Month: Helping to Keep Angelina County Beautiful is As Easy As AB/C

Working in Angelina County since 1984, Angelina Beautiful/Clean (AB/C) has a mission to educate and empower East Texans to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment and serves Angelina County and the surrounding area to help make it a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play. AB/C cultivates programs, services and education...
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Jun
10

Affiliate of the Month: 35 Years of Keeping Austin Beautiful

Here at Keep Austin Beautiful , we inspire and educate all Austinites to volunteer together, beautify green spaces, clean waterways and reduce waste every day. Austin is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. At Keep Austin Beautiful, we are increasingly focused on addressing some of the key environmental issues raised by...
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Jun
06

Sessions to Attend at our Annual Conference

We hope to see everyone at our Annual Conference in Rockwall from June 18-20! If you haven't registered yet and would like to attend, the deadline to register is ​June 11. Learn more and register at ktb.org/conference .  During the conference, there will be several educational sessions where you can learn more about how to improve your or...
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May
20

Texas' Required New Hire Reporting Form

As part of your process of onboarding new employees, don't forget that you need to file a New Hire Reporting Form with the State of Texas Attorney General's Office. Federal and Texas state laws require that employers report all new hires and rehires within 20 days of when that employee starts earning wages. If you have employees that require W-2s, ...
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May
01

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Aransas County Beautiful - Hurricane Harvey Silver Linings Playbook

We at Keep Aransas County Beautiful are humbled and honored to be chosen for as the Affiliate of the Month this May, as we know there are many great groups in Texas that have been around a long time that are certainly very well deserving.  As many may or may not know, Aransas County is now known as hurricane Harvey ground zero. When a communit...
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May
09

Conferencing, networking, celebrating, oh my!

​We are just over a month away from our Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference in Rockwall, Texas! The Conference is not only a time to educate yourself on our theme,  Navigating a Changing Texas , but also a time to have fun and build new relationships. We know some of you all have already started preparing your Conference itinerary, and we w...
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Apr
08

Guest Blog: Sure-Fire Ways to Save Water Around the House

In the United States, the average family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day, with indoor water use accounting for about 70 percent of this. As the second most populated state in the country, Texas has a large and continually growing demand for water. But, if all Texans work together, we can conserve billions of gallons of water each year. ...
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Apr
16

Celebrate Earth Month

Spring is in full bloom! April is upon us, which means it is Earth Month! Earth Month is an entire 30 days dedicated to environmental education, impact, and appreciation. It's a great opportunity to observe the wonder of the planet, and to take steps to help improve it. In honor of this month long holiday, we created a guide of vario...
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Apr
02

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Grapevine Beautiful - Engaging the Entire Community

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 . Since its inception in 2002, Keep Grapevine Beautiful (KGVB) has been a benefit to the community by providing eng...
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Apr
02

Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Offs Across Texas

In 1985, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched an ad campaign to encourage citizens to take care of their state and stop littering. This slogan has been repeated countless times by presidents, athletes, super stars and ordinary Texans. We all know it well. "Don't mess with Texas!" In the 1990s, KTB joined the effort by encouraging...
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Mar
26

Staff Blog: Event Planning pt. 3

I'm back and sharing my final blog on event planning! By now, you all are experts on knowing your audience, defining your budget and determining your needs from my Event Planning 101 blog , and you now know how to navigate RFP's and BEO's from my second blog post . But after all this planning, comes the day of the event!  In my third and final...
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Mar
22

Guest Blog: Judging for Keep Texas Beautiful’s 2019 Award Season

The image of a great community stems largely from the quality of its public places – its roadways, green spaces, parks, trails, waterfronts, plazas, etc. It's easy to look at great public places and see them as nothing more than well-designed physical locations. But beneath the surface, these places are so much more. They are locations where commun...
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Apr
23

Things to Do Near Rockwall, Texas

​ The Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference is only a months away and we are so excited! This year, it will be hosted in beautiful Rockwall, Texas at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Hotel . Volunteers, city officials, affiliates and more look forward to this event every year, and we know that many use this as an opportunity to explo...
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Mar
07

Staff Blog: Event Planning pt. 2

Have you heard? Early bird registration for our Annual Conference is officially open! Check out our website to learn about the many fun additions to this year's conference in Dallas/Rockwall, June 18-20. To celebrate, I'm sharing my second list of tips to help you plan any event.  A few week ago, I shared my Event Planning 101 blog , where I d...
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