We hope to see everyone at our Annual Conference in Rockwall from June 18-20! If you haven’t registered yet and would like to attend, the deadline to register is June 11. Learn more and register at ktb.org/conference.
During the conference, there will be several educational sessions where you can learn more about how to improve your organization’s outreach and operations, beautification and recycling efforts, and general information about the state of Texas’ environment. If you are interested in community sustainability efforts, a great session to go to would be An Introduction to the Master Composter Program and an Overview of Recycling in Texas, which will be held on Tuesday, June 18 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. and hosted by Jordan Fengel from the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling. This session will give attendees information on the state of recycling in Texas as well as information on how to start backyard composting in your community. Another interesting educational session is Connecting the Drops: How your Organization can do more for Texas Water. This presentation will provide information on how your organization can help address current water conservation challenges in Texas and how your current water conservation programs can be expanded. This session will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19 and will be led by Sarah Richards from Richards Consulting.
There are also several sessions that have more to do with affiliate operations and will be a great resource to all our affiliates in attendance. One of these is the Small and Rural Affiliates Roundtable, led by representatives from Emory, Rancho Viejo, Smithville. The roundtable will be an opportunity to talk about and workshop some common problems these kinds of affiliates face. The roundtable will take place from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Another helpful workshop for affiliates is Marketing Show and Tell: A Marketing Primer, led by Ryan Smith of Keep Allen Beautiful, taking place on Thursday from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. This session will include a Marketing 101 presentation with information and examples, followed by a Q&A session, so be sure to bring any questions you might have.
Another can’t-miss session is the Disaster Preparation and Management Focus Group led by Cheryl Price, our Americorps VISTA member who’s come on board to strengthen preparedness programs for vulnerable communities and assist KTB affiliates in building long-term community resiliency. Join this focus group to help Keep Texas Beautiful learn more about what is going on around the state with disaster preparedness and management and be a part of this important conversation.
These are just a few of the sessions that will be offered, so be sure to check the schedule to some of the other great sessions offered this year. Looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks!
Blog Post Written By Kate Cox, Programs Intern