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What’s New This Fall Sweep!

by Kirsten Sorensen, Research and Cleanups Program Manager Fall Sweep is in full swing, and KTB is ready to support your cleanups this season! We’ve been listening to what our affiliates and other volunteer groups across the state have shared with us, and we’re excited to share some new resources…
September 12, 2023
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The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace

by Mac Davenport, KTB Summer 2023 Communications Intern Cover Photo by Maegan LanhamEveryone has an important role to play in preserving our beloved outdoor spaces. Whether swimming in a local river, going for a day hike, or embarking on a backcountry camping trip, it’s essential to be conscious of the…
Mac Davenport
August 16, 2023
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Keeping Cool During Summer Cleanups

Image Credit: Jared TennantRecord-high temperatures across Texas make it difficult to spend time outside, but litter and pollution aren't going anywhere. Here's some tips on how to stay cool while cleaning up your community. Bring plenty of water and drink it often. When planning a cleanup, provide water bottles and/or…
Mac Davenport
August 9, 2023
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EPA Trash-Free Waters Projects

Check out what communities have been up to with the EPA Trash Free Water Projects! In efforts to prevent the flow of litter into the Gulf of Mexico, the EPA granted Keep Texas Beautiful funding to initiate efforts within Texas communities. Here are some examples of how the funds have…
Mac Davenport
August 3, 2023
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The Experience of a Young Texan Ambassador

by Sydney Brown, Young Texan Ambassador 2022-23As our Young Texan Ambassadors application has come to a close, we’re excited for the new cohort to get started as leaders in their communities. Sydney Brown was a member of the 2022-23 cohort of the Young Texan Ambassadors and is joining us again…
Mac Davenport
July 18, 2023
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LGBTQ+ Activism and Environmental Justice in Texas

by Mac Davenport, KTB Summer 2023 Communications Intern Cover Photo from LGBT OutdoorsJune is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and advocate for social change. We honor the history of queer activism–commemorating the Stonewall riots–and continue to fight for progress, as the queer community faces ongoing discrimination…
Mac Davenport
June 30, 2023
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Tips for Waterways Cleanups

Cleaning up waterways presents unique challenges and often requires extra preparation compared to other locations. Some of our affiliates have provided their tips and tricks to ensure a safe, smooth, and successful waterways cleanup. Do your due diligence ahead of time: learn how your waterways work, is it a lake?…
Mac Davenport
June 2, 2023
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Sustainable Practices: Composting

by Rae Datt, KTB Spring 2023 Program InternComposting is a relatively undervalued sustainable practice that could be better implemented in both public and private sectors to divert waste. Composting takes food and other forms of biological waste and converts them into plant fertilizer to improve soil quality, resulting in more…
Karla Camacho
April 24, 2023
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2023 Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-off Events

Great participation from the Henderson community! Several student organizations from the High School volunteered, and local civic clubs cleaned their Adopt-a-Highway sections. all photos c/o Leon Harris, Keep Henderson Beautiful Keep Weatherford Beautiful's Don't mess With Texas® Trash-off event is a fun competition where they break up the participants into…
April 20, 2023
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Climate Anxiety

by Rae Datt, KTB Spring 2023 Program Intern Climate anxiety (or eco-anxiety) is a newly recognized phenomenon where one experiences nervousness or fear about the consequences of climate change and feels hopelessness about the long-term sustainability of Earth. The increased access to information pertaining to the issue via social media,…
April 10, 2023
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Women’s History Month: Sadie Ray Graff

by Karla Camacho March marks the celebration of Women’s History Month, reminding us of the incredible contributions that women have made to society, especially within their local communities. Keep Texas Beautiful’s foundation and development are made with the help of several intelligent and influential women. Our mission is to inspire…
Karla Camacho
March 27, 2023
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Keep Pearland Beautiful’s Youth Education Council, Winners of the 2022 Ruthe Jackson Youth Organization Award

By Lenora Tollefson Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) is honored to have received The Ruthe Jackson Youth Organization award at the 2022 awards ceremony during the Keep Texas Beautiful Conference. KPB’s Youth Environmental Council (YEC) always strives to keep Pearland clean, green, and beautiful while planning their projects. Since its inception…
March 17, 2023
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Yuengling x KTB Collaboration

On February 25, 2023, The Yuengling Company will sponsor a cleanup event in Grand Prairie Join KTB, The Yuengling Company, and Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful to showcase the work of KTB and the nearly 300 affiliates across the state. We'll be volunteering to clean up Grand Prairie's exemplar park--Loyd Park…
February 7, 2023
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Young Texan Ambassador: Planning a Volunteer Clean-Up Event

Written by Priscilla Villarreal, Young Texan Ambassador LAREDO, TX - Planning an event is not as easy as it sounds, but with the assistance of Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Laredo Beautiful, it made me feel so at ease. First, I went ahead and spoke to the director of Keep…
January 11, 2023

Houston Road Trip: EPA Trash Free Waters

  Thursday, 03 November 2022 In 2020, KTB was awarded a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under their Trash Free Waters Program. This grant has been used to fund infrastructure, research and programming in three regions of Texas: Central, Houston/Galveston and the Rio Grande Valley. I recently had the opportunity…
November 10, 2022