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Aug
13

Back to School: Youth Resources for Students and Teachers

The Back to School season is upon us! With students and teachers preparing to get back into the swing of their school daily routines, we have youth and educator resources ready to be used in every learning environment. Visit our Youth Resource Library where you can find listings of ready-made youth programs, lesson plans, and templates availab...
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May
14

Recycling and Waste Tips During COVID-19 from Waste Management

As we all focus on health and safety, we are spending more time at home. This has led to an increased amount of waste and recyclables, including health supplies like facial tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks and disposable gloves. One way you can help protect the environment and sani...
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May
11

Congratulations to our KTB Youth and Educator Award Winners!

At a time when school has become a sheltered, at home activity, KTB would like to remind you of all the fabulous youth and educators out there that spent last year doing great things in their community.  We received many applications for our KTB Youth and Educator Awards and we applaud all nominees.  Without further ad...
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Apr
23

Youth Advisory Councils - Involving Youth in Your Affiliate Leadership

There are millions of teens and young adults around the globe who are interested in getting involved and making a difference. Sure, they may choose their phones and use social media as their platform, but it doesn't mean they are any less powerful or important than the rest of us.  Take for example Mexican born activist&nbs...
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Apr
02

Learning to Save the Environment from a Social Distance

Are you at home with your kids now a lot more than you used to be? Are you looking for a fun and educational activity to do with them? The Junk Art Activity from the Waste in Place (WIP) curriculum is just the thing to combine education and fun! Waste in Place is a Keep America Beautiful educational resource developed for pre-K and up. It offers pa...
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Apr
02

Congratulations to our KTB Award Winners!

Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful reaches out across the Lone Star State to find amazing people doing stellar things to keep Texas clean and beautiful.  We search for leaders, volunteers, businesses and organizations working hard to make a difference in their communities.  After months of collecting and exploring applications we are proud t...
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Apr
01

Continuing Community Improvement

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has caused millions of people to self-isolate, per CDC social distancing guidelines. Public health officials recommend limiting the time we all spend in public spaces to slow the spread of the virus. Adopting these practices is necessary to contain the infection level to one that our healthcare system can bear. As we ...
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Feb
27

Engaging Volunteers through Citizen Scientist Programs

To prepare for our upcoming webinar, we thought we should give you some background on the role of citizen scientists and the related programs run by our guest speakers. What is a citizen scientist? The dictionary defines citizen scientist as, "a member of the general public who collects and analyzes data relating to the natural world, typically as ...
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Feb
19

Staff Blog: Speak at KTB's Annual Conference

Do you have a program or project that you're particularly proud of that has effected change in your community? If so, we would love to have you participate as a speaker for the Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference, which this year takes place June 15-17 in Houston. Speaking at the KTB conference is a great way to teach others about the successes ...
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Jan
29

Introducing our New Spring Cleanup Themes

It's Great American Cleanup time again! A new decade calls for new ways to cleanup our communities. Join us in 2020 with new themes and fun ways to get involved and improve yours. Keep an eye out for webinars, signature events, and monthly themes. March - This month, our friends at Keep San Marcos Beautiful invite fellow affiliates to join them in ...
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Dec
06

Interning with Keep Texas Beautiful: My experience working with a non-profit

 Coming up to my last semester in college, the anxiety of stepping out into the world and starting my career seemed quite overwhelming. It was a tad far-fetched to interview in such a competitive field with such little work experience outside of school. I needed an opportunity to advance in my profession before I crossed the stage. I need...
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Nov
15

GCAA 2019 Category 3: Whitehouse

 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 c...
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Nov
12

GCAA 2019 Category 1: Utopia

​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 citize...
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Oct
28

Guest Blog: Arbor Day - Texas Style

Hello to all you wonderful KTB folks. The official Texas Arbor Day is November 1, which starts the best time to plant trees in our great state. Mark your calendars, for this special day, as we want to encourage everyone to show your trees some love! Why do we have an Arbor Day you ask? Thanks to J. Sterling Morton's passion for trees and love of na...
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Oct
24

Fall Sweep - Involving Local Youth

Fall Sweep is now in full swing and we have an amazing 148 registrations this year!  That's even more than Texas participation in the Great American Cleanup! We are so excited that everyone has gotten into the cleanup spirit and can't wait to see all of your great wrap up data and pictures.   With less than half o...
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Oct
02

Guest Blog: 4 Things to Know About Household Hazardous Waste

What exactly is Household Hazardous Waste? The Environmental Protection Agency considers HHW to be "leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste." Products that may become HHW are often readily accessible and contain labels that read "DANG...
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Oct
01

Guest Blog: Why Do the Data? How Cleanup Data are Used and How You Can do it with Clean Swell

Since around the time that "trash" became part of our daily lives and waste management became a necessity, cleanups to keep it out of the environment have also been happening. While we don't know who "started" the community, waterway or beach cleanup, Keep America Beautiful and Ocean Conservancy have certainly been at the forefront of nationwide an...
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Sep
18

Navigating Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Texas

This year at our Annual Conference, we held a Disaster Preparedness and Management Focus Group to learn more about what's going on around the state with disaster preparedness and what work needs to be done. Because of the sheer size of Texas, environmental diversity and location on the Gulf of Mexico, the state must deal with threats on a regular b...
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Sep
11

Eight Simple Ways to be Prepared for a Disaster

You're not sure what, but something is pulling you to up your preparedness game, and Keep Texas Beautiful applauds you. Recently, the great state of Texas has seen a lot of natural disasters and other emergencies that leave us thinking about how our life could change in an instant. We can't avoid disasters, but we can prepare ourselves and our fami...
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Sep
05

The Future of Texas Water

Water conservation is an issue thought about frequently by most Texans, but the exact reasons for why it is needed are not often understood. Texas is a state that will almost certainly face water availability issues in the near future, and increased water conservation will almost certainly be required to ensure that all Texans have access to enough...
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