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Vietnamese Fishermen vs. Formosa Plastics on the Texas Gulf Coast

by Kirsten Sorensen Since the 1980s, Vietnamese fishermen on the Texas Gulf Coast have been at the forefront of environmental justice, battling the industrial pollution caused by Formosa Plastics. This long-standing struggle underscores the resilience and determination of a community fighting to protect their livelihoods and environment. Vietnamese Settlement on…
lara
May 30, 2024
Tips for Staying Eco-friendly during the Hot Texas SummerKTB Blog

Staying Eco-friendly During the HOT Texas Summer

Contributed by the 2023-24 Young Texan ambassador Leadership Council When it comes to summer heat, Texas doesn't mess around. When temperatures hit the triple digits, Texans know it's time to crank up the air conditioning or seek refuge in a cool pool. While these methods offer temporary relief from the…
lara
May 23, 2024
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Keep Texas Recycling: Connecting Communities through Recycling

by Zoe Killian, Keep Texas Recycling Program ManagerSince 1994, the Keep Texas Recycling program has expanded recycling access to and improved programs in rural communities across the state, impacting over 517,000 Texans. Community partners have recycled 333 million lbs of material, saved 550,000 cubic yards of Texas land from becoming…
lara
April 26, 2024
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4 Easy Steps to Completing a Community Project

by the Young Texan Ambassadors Leadership Council: Aishwaryaa Udeshi, Ocean Landreneau, June Kim, Priya Patel, Jennifer Cox, Sydney Brown, Abigail So, Saanvi Mylavarapu, Marleigh Alvarado, Claudia AmatoEmbarking on a community project requires dedication, but the rewards—strengthened community bonds, improved environments, and the joy of achieving a shared goal—are immeasurable.Identify an…
lara
April 24, 2024
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The 2024 Beautify Texas Awards Winners

The 2024 Beautify Texas Award Winners Keep Texas Beautiful's Beautify Texas Awards recognize efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect the Texas environment. These are the people who work to make their communities cleaner, safer, and more inclusive for residents and visitors. These awards range…
lara
April 22, 2024
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A Guide to Seasonal Allergies in Texas

By Amina Mukaty, 2024 Spring Programs InternHere in the Lone Star State, pollen is not just an irritant; it's a vibrant ensemble of tiny grains that make every season of the year eventful. From McAllen to Austin - Texas is home to a diverse range of pollen-producing plants, each with…
lara
April 12, 2024
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The 2024 Governor’s Community Achievement Winners

Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement. For over three decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has been recognizing Texas communities for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their…
lara
April 2, 2024
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Keeping Texas Recycling: Enhancing Recycling Accessibility Across Texas

by Karla Camacho, KTB Communications CoordinatorOver the past three decades, Keep Texas Beautiful’s Keep Texas Recycling (KTR) program and its network of community partners have made a remarkable impact on the Texas environment. Together, participating communities have recycled over  330 million pounds of material. This achievement has not only generated…
lara
February 28, 2024
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5 Black Texan Environmentalists and Organizations to Know in 2024

by Karla Camacho, KTB 's Communications Coordinator Cover Photo from Black Women WhoIn celebration of Black History Month, it is essential to recognize and honor the contributions of Black individuals and organizations in the environmental movement. Here are five remarkable Black Texan environmentalists and organizations who have made significant strides…
lara
February 21, 2024
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Yuengling and Keep Texas Beautiful Renew Partnership For 2024

NEWS PROVIDED BY D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc  06 Feb, 2024, 09:00 ET Limited-Edition Packaging and Special Events Support Texas Beautification Initiatives POTTSVILLE, Pa., Feb. 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Yuengling Company announced a 2024 partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) – a nonprofit organization that empowers Texans to keep our communities clean…
lara
February 6, 2024
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Small Actions to Give Back to the Environment in 2024

by Karla Camacho, KTB Communications Coordinator As we step into a brand-new year, let's make 2024 the year of positive change for our environment. Wondering where to start? Here are five small yet impactful actions you can take to give back to Mother Earth:Create a cozy corner in your backyard or…
lara
January 12, 2024
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Tackling the Litter Problem in San Marcos

by Kirsten Sorensen, Cleanups and Research Programs Manager KTB has had the honor of managing an EPA Grant through their Trash Free Waters program since 2020, extending project funds throughout the state to different organizations working to prevent the flow of litter into the Gulf of Mexico.  On December 5th,…
lara
December 18, 2023
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Sustainable Celebrations: Embrace Eco-Friendly Holiday Decor

by Karla Camacho, KTB's Communications CoordinatorThe holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and spreading warmth to those around us. As we indulge in the festive spirit, it's essential to consider the environmental impact of our traditions, including holiday decorations. Embracing sustainable practices in your festive decor not only…
lara
December 13, 2023
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What’s The Strangest Item You Found During Your Fall Sweep Cleanup?

by Kirsten Sorensen, Cleanups and Research Programs Manager Fall Sweep has officially wrapped for the 2023 season, and while the wrap-up reports trickle in,  we love hearing about your results! As many folks have learned from experience, you often run into things you don’t expect while out cleaning up your…
lara
December 5, 2023
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Preserving Habitat and Ecosystems with the Galveston Bay Foundation

KTB has had the honor of managing an EPA Grant through their Trash Free Waters program since 2020, extending project funds throughout the state to different organizations working to prevent the flow of litter into the Gulf of Mexico.  On October 27th, Kirsten Sorensen, KTB’s Research and Cleanups Program Manager,…
lara
November 29, 2023
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Texas Recycles Day

Texas Recycles Day has a rich history rooted in the Lone Star State. The event traces its origins to 1994 as a project of two employees of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Kevin Tuerff and Valerie Davis. Their idea was to promote recycling through a  campaign to boost recycling…
lara
November 14, 2023
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STOP Audit in Houston with Keep Pasadena Beautiful and Black Cat GIS

KTB has had the honor of managing an EPA Grant through their Trash Free Waters program since 2020. KTB extends funds throughout the state to organizations working to prevent the flow of litter into the Gulf of Mexico.  On October 25th, Kirsten Sorensen, KTB’s Research and Cleanups Program Manager, met…
lara
November 2, 2023