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Jan
28

GCAA 2020 Category 5 Winner: White Settlement

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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Jan
26

Guest Blog: Dump Illegal Dumping

Blog post written by Jonathan Nolte, Take Care of Texas.  TCEQ defines Illegal dumping as disposing, allowing the disposal of, receiving, or transporting litter or other solid waste to any place that is not an approved solid waste site. It's a tricky behavior to prevent. Fortunately, Texas communities are rallying to turn back the clock on una...

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Jan
21

Guest Blog: Preparing for Wildfires in Texas

Blog post written by Erin O'Connor, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist III at Texas A&M Forest Service As a homeowner, you are not powerless in your defense against wildfires. By taking a proactive approach to wildfire prevention and mitigation, you can significantly increase your safety and your home's likelihood of survival during a catastro...

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Jan
20

GCAA 2020 Category 4 Winner: Levelland

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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Jan
14

GCAA 2020 Category 3 Winner: Lago Vista

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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Jan
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Harlingen Beautiful

Each month, we invite one affiliate to share their story on our blog and recognize them as our Affiliate of the Month. KTB is a network of nearly 300 community affiliates, which have the potential to educate 17 million Texans. Affiliates are qualifying cities, counties and/or communities that work alongside us in our mission to ...

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Jan
08

GCAA 2020 Category 2 Winner: Weston Lakes

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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Jan
05

GCAA 2020 Category 1 Winner: South Padre Island

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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Dec
23

Guest Blog: Don't Spark a Wildfire This Holiday Season

Blog post written by Erin O'Connor, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist III at Texas A&M Forest Service Did you know humans and their activities cause more than 90% of wildfires in Texas? This winter season, Texas A&M Forest Service is urging Texans to avoid participating in activities that may start a fire. One spark ca...

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Dec
15

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful

Blog post written by Roxanne Flores-Achmad, Executive Director of Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful. Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful began in 2002 and currently has fifteen members, appointed by City Council as Commissioners. Our Commissioners represent the community, and we are fortunate to have a diverse group of individuals that bring new idea...

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Dec
08

How to Increase Biodiversity in Your Own Backyard

What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is the variety of species existing within an ecosystem. This includes plants, animals, and fungi. This is super important because increases in biodiversity boost overall ecosystem productivity and ensure natural sustainability for all life forms. Here is a list of easy ways you can increase biodiversity at home. 1...

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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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Nov
05

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
27

What to Do With Your Leftover Candy Wrappers

Halloween has finally arrived! Even though we are still working through a pandemic and this year's festivities will look different, one thing that can be guaranteed in almost every house is that there will be lots of candy. In 2019,  it was estimated that 95% of American households bought candy to celebrate Halloween and a combined $2.08 billi...

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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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Oct
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Tyler Beautiful

If there is one word to describe Keep Tyler Beautiful it would be community. Keep Tyler Beautiful (KTyB) was created in 1995 with the mission to encourage beautification, waste reduction, and recycling activities in the community. The success behind our beautification projects and recycling efforts is due to the men and women who invest t...

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Oct
08

Guest Blog: Latino Outdoors is #TogetherApart

Where The Wind Blows And The River Flows/Donde El Viento Sopla Y El Aire Fluye Dice Hola! My name is Josie Gutierrez and I am a Latina and the Program Coordinator for Latino Outdoors - Southwest. People often ask how I got involved with the organization. I say it was a mutual discovery. I started exploring the outdoors after my children had outgrow...

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Sep
30

Roadside Cleanups: A How-to Guide

Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) first began working together in the late 1960s. They shared the common goal of making Texas roadways attractive and safe for motorists, which has remained a priority for over 40 years. Since 1985, Keep Texas Beautiful has partnered t...

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