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Feb
20

Community Engagement in the Legislative Process

On February 21, KTB is visiting the State Capitol for Keep Texas Beautiful Day. We'll be visiting our elected officials to educate the new legislature on the value of KTB programs and the positive impact that our affiliates have in their local communities. Follow along online and @KeepTXBeautiful on social media to learn about affili...

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Feb
12

Staff Blog: Event Planning 101

Hi there, Tina Litzner here, Operations & Events Manager at KTB. One of the many hats that I wear is event planning for all things Conference. This is my favorite part of my job. Keep Texas Beautiful has been churning out a conference for our members, volunteers and affiliates for many years. The KTB conference is a unique event ...

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Jan
29

KTB 101: Acronyms

Are you versed in the KTB lingo? When I began working at Keep Texas Beautiful, I admittedly was not. I actually printed a list of KTB acronyms to refer to, so I could know what everyone was talking about! Affiliates would call and email wanting supplies for the GAC (Great American Cleanup) and DMWTTO (Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off)...

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Jan
17

Guest Blog: Scenic City Now Accepting 2019 Applications

Since 2010, the Scenic City Certification Program has recognized Texas municipalities that implement strong scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. The Program is a project of Scenic Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful, and 15 other statewide Program Partner organizations. Thanks to the solid support of this large base of associations, the ...

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Jan
09

Guest Blog: Engage and Educate Young Drivers with Drive Clean Texas Teacher Resources

We live Texas. We Breathe Texas. There's something special in the Texas air, whether its taking a deep breath of fresh country air after a long hike or inhaling the delicious scent of barbecue off the grill. Drive Clean Texas is here to encourage Texans young and old to do their part to keep the air clean, and it's citizens healthy. Last year, the ...

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Nov
29

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 en...

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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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Oct
15

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
08

Scenic City: Now Accepting Applications

​Keep Texas Beautiful and Scenic Texas are each organizations that support vibrant, healthy communities across our state. Partnering with Scenic Texas to form the Scenic City Certification Program has been a natural fit for Keep Texas Beautiful. Cities and towns with strong infrastructure standards prove to be resilient, distinctive cities known fo...

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Sep
27

Enter the Don’t mess with Texas® Song Search

Are you or your neighbors passionate about litter prevention? Does seeing trash blemish majestic bluebonnet-lined highways make them sad? Is your city inspired to do your part and more to keep Texas beautiful? Are you or anyone you know musically-inclined? Then your community may be the home of the next Don't mess with Texas music legend. Music sho...

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Sep
19

Fall Sweep: A Cleanup for Everyone

September 22 is the official start of Fall. Cooler weather is in the forecast and it's a great time to get outside and improve your community! We've got you covered with our Second Annual Fall Sweep supply package. Schedule an event in your area and get FREE bags and gloves from Keep Texas Beautiful! ​There are many ways to get involved in Fall Swe...

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Sep
05

Volunteer Recruitment – One Person Can Make a Difference

A lot of my presentations focus on recruiting large numbers of volunteers for a big event. This is popular and important information, but I want to stop and recognize that many of you also utilize individual volunteers.These individuals often form strong relationships with your staff and the community. This includes your board members and...

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Aug
22

Guest Blog - Water Conservation and Beautification: Free Resources for Affiliates

It's been a hot, dry summer in Texas! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, temperatures were well above average across the state in May through July—with some areas even breaking previously-recorded highs. Meanwhile, our precipitation level was below average. As of August 14, 77 percent of the state was in some lev...

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Aug
10

How to Volunteer: Adopt-a-Highway Program

A Texas-sized thank you for your interest in the Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteer program! We are always in need of volunteers willing to go the extra two miles to keep our roadways litter free. For over 30 years, the Texas -born program has encouraged citizens to showcase their pride by removing unsightly litter from state-maintained roadways. In f...

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Aug
06

Staff Blog: KTB Staff Health Challenge

​Here at KTB, the end of Conference season marks the beginning of the Recharge, Rejuvenate, and Refresh season! To celebrate, this year we decided to compete in a Staff Health Challenge.  The ultimate goal of this challenge was to refocus our energy on keeping our bodies and minds beautiful, the same way we strive to keep Texas beaut...

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Aug
01

Guest Blog: Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup rescheduled to October 6

​UPDATE: Event rescheduled due to rain.  Summer is almost over, so what better way to close it out than to help clean the beaches that bore the brunt of our summer vacations? Mark your calendar for the 32nd annual coast wide Fall Beach Cleanup on Saturday, October 6 at 30 sites along the coast. This year our fall cleanup coincides with th...

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Jul
19

Scenic Texas announces 2018 Scenic City Certifications

This month, 13 Texas cities earned certified Scenic City status for demonstrating strong municipal infrastructure standards, through a rigorous assessment process developed by Scenic Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful and 14 other Program Partner organizations. The Scenic City Certification Program offers cities an objective review of existing municipal i...

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Jul
13

The Return of RACA

Keep Texas Beautiful is excited to announce the return of our RACA program. RACA stands for River Access and Conservation Areas and is our designation for grant funding provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for river cleanups throughout the state. What is RACA? TPWD has signed lease agreements that allow pub...

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Jun
05

Out and About in Georgetown, TX

We are thrilled to host this year's Annual Conference in Georgetown, June 11-13. Before and after the conference, make sure to appreciate the culture, history and natural beauty this historic town has to offer! Boasting the "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas," this city is one of few cities running on 100% renewable energy - it's the pe...

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