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Jun
24

2021 Beautify Texas Award Winners - Organizational Awards

Blog post written by Kassidy Litchenburg, Programs Intern.  The past year and a half challenged all of us— from implementing virtual processes to rethinking approaches altogether, many groups made exponential progress in the face of the pandemic. While 2020 may have felt like a setback, Texans continued to move forward in good works! Six organ...
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Mar
03

GCAA 2020 Category Winner 10: Grand Prairie

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
19

Guest Blog: Take Care of Texas Sustainable Swaps

Creating less waste is one of the best ways to take care of the environment. If you take a look around your home, odds are you'll find several products that can be swapped out with more eco-friendly options. Here are a few swaps you can make in each room to create a more sustainable home! And for even more helpful tips and information, check out th...
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Nov
13

Keep San Angelo Beautiful Recycle 4 Bicycle Program

Blog Post Written By Charlotte Anderson, President of Keep San Angelo Beautiful As America Recycles Day quickly approaches, I'm so inspired by our amazing community. I think about 9-year-old Ella Elkins, a 5th grader at Ft. Concho Elementary who's been doing great things in San Angelo for a couple of years. She's made it her mission to educate...
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Nov
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Cuero Beautiful

Blog post written by Linda Henderson, President of Keep Cuero Beautiful.  General Douglas MacArthur once said, "Old Soldiers never die, they simply fade away." Years later, comedians paraphrased the ending; my favorite was, "Old teachers never die, they just lose their class." Keep Cuero Beautiful (KCB) contradicts this age-old saying. KCB's b...
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Oct
27

How to Approach Community Leaders to Create Change

This blog was written by Jessica Lerner, a digital marketing professional and a new social impact entrepreneur, about her experience working within her community to create change. Her current projects include Real Parks, an international parks directory encouraging conservation, and Jess Lerner Art, a photographic coastal art brand supporting effor...
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Oct
15

Keep Lewisville Beautiful Adapts to Cleanup Changes with a Green Bag Grant

Amy Wells is the Executive Director of Keep Lewisville Beautiful. On this blog, she shares her experience with utilizing a Green Bag Grant to adapt to new changes during a pandemic.  In the midst of COVID restrictions, Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) wanted to give back to our community and support volunteers, but with event restrictions and C...
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Sep
18

Staff Blog: 4 Tips for Reducing Waste with a Baby

I can now say that I have survived a year being a parent, which feels like an extra special accomplishment during this COVID pandemic. As any parent knows, the first year is filled with a lot of learning and trying to look like you know what you're doing. That's what this blog is all about! This year I've learned some tips and tricks that worked fo...
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621 Hits
Aug
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Orange County Beautiful

The Affiliate of the Month Campaign highlights the stories of our affiliates; hard-working, boots on the ground organizations, who are committed to keeping their communities clean and beautiful. Orange County was one of many affiliates affected by COVID-19. They were able to pivot and continue to be a resource to their community in these uncertain ...
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Jul
23

Guest Blog: Save Water this Summer

The sweltering summer months in Texas can be insufferable. Texas has faced severe drought over the last few years, making water conservation an essential piece of the 2017 State Water Plan. While we can't change the weather, there are simple actions we can take to cut back on water usage. Simple Ways to Use Less Water The average family in America ...
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1591 Hits
Jul
21

What to Expect at our Virtual Conference

Our 53rd Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference is a little over a month away, and we would like to answer any pressing questions or concerns of how to navigate our two-day virtual conference experience. The decision to host the event virtually still allows for an educational experience all while prioritizing the health and safety of all attendees....
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Jul
14

Keep Texas Beautiful and Recycle Cigarettes with TerraCycle!

Do you have a cigarette litter problem in your neighborhood? Not sure? Here is a proposition: the next time you walk your dog, go on a stroll with family and friends, or even run errands, take a look at the ground. See how many cigarette butts you pass along the way! If you answered yes to the above question, you probably know what I am going to sa...
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1547 Hits
Jun
23

Understanding the Positive Environmental Effects of COVID-19

In these last few months, COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on our everyday lives. From having to remember to wear a face mask when out in public to respecting social distancing guidelines, COVID-19 has affected us in numerous ways. Aside from it changing our everyday habits, the virus has led to healing the environment in positive and unthin...
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2908 Hits
Jun
03

Guest Blog: Secure Your Load - Saves Lives and Reduce Litter

Sixteen years ago this February I received the call that is every parent's worst nightmare. It was Harborview Hospital and the woman said: "is your daughter Maria?"I said yes and she said, "She is in critical condition. You need to get here as soon as you can." Maria was on her way home from work that night when someone ahead of her had lost a piec...
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May
28

Staff Blog: Recreating Responsibly During a Pandemic

As the weather warms up and stay-at-home orders are lifted across the state, Texas' parks and green spaces have seen a large increase in traffic. Spending time outdoors has become increasingly important for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as summer approaches and many camps and summer vacations cancelled, we expect that the increase i...
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May
21

Recycling Tips in the Bathroom

​The bathroom is full of products that can be recycled. Unfortunately, this area of the house can get overlooked when it comes to recycling in the household. Our friends at Unilever, who created the Love Beauty Planet line of shampoos and personal care products, is committed to making all their products recyclable and helping consumers live mo...
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Apr
30

Staff Blog: Tips for Sustainable Fashion

I am a reformed clotheshorse. I worked in e-commerce for an online boutique and one of the perks was an amazing discount. On top of it, I was one of the first to see each piece as they were received. It was easy to say, "that's cute, I'll buy it." It was a thrill to have the latest style before anyone else. I moved through my fashion career and sta...
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Apr
21

Proper Disposal of PPE During COVID-19

Before COVID-19 became a part of our lives, community organizations were picking up plastic bottles, cigarette butts and fast food litter.  We were fighting for Bottle Bills, Bag Bans and declaring war on plastic straws.  Current trends during COVID-19 show a different future coming for litter cleanups.  We are se...
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Apr
15

History of Earth Month

As we draw nearer to the 50th Earth Day on April 22, it is worth reflecting on the history and legacy that it represents. Earth Day is one of the most visible and effective environmentalist campaigns in American history. Understanding how it came to be and how it has operated over the last five decades is an important piece of understanding federal...
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Apr
13

Take Care of Texas While Saving Money at Home

If you're like the average Texan, you're probably trying out teleworking or potentially the new task of homeschooling your children. We see you—hang in in there! Spending more time at home has its perks—no commute, more time with family—but there are also unforeseen consequences, like using more resources (energy and water) and potentially creating...
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