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May
04

The Lone Star Hiking Trail: Parks and Trails Cleanup Month

As part of the Great American Cleanup, May is designated as Parks and Trails Cleanup Month. Texas is home to thousands of miles of trails and hundreds of thousands of acres of parks. One trail of great significance in Texas is the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT). This trail is the longest continuous hiking trail in the state, connecting private land ...

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Apr
01

Mentor of the Month: Tanya Gray

Tanya Gray is the former Executive Director for Keep Temple Beautiful. She served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community builder and organizer for over 20 years with over 15 years of experience in economic, community and business development. Tanya developed programs in MS and TX. Before moving to Fort Hood, she worked with th...

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Mar
30

Women's History Month: Ruthe Jackson

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Written by Elizabeth Early, Communications-Programs Intern Keep Texas Beautiful has a long legacy of extraordinary and innovative women. This Women's History Month, we want to celebrate the contributions that women have made to Keep Texas Beautiful's mission. At Keep Texas Beautiful, we believe that the conservation and beautification movements nee...

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Mar
21

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Sugar Land Beautiful

Written by Vicki Gist, Executive Director for Keep Sugar Land Beautiful. In this Affiliate of the Month blog, we asked KSLB about their extremely successful Youth Advisory Board and how other affiliates can engage youth in their respective communities in the same way. Q: Can you tell us a bit about your community?: A: Sugar Land is the state's 49th...

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Feb
23

Recognizing Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice

 Written by Elizabeth Early, Communications-Programs Intern Known as the father of environmental justice, Dr. Bullard is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University and has received achievement awards from the National Wildlife Foundation, Sierra Club, and the United Nations Environment Program. Dr. Bullard has had...

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Jan
27

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Woodway Beautiful

Written by Kasia Redden, Administrative Assistant for the City of Woodway. Kasia took the lead in renewing Keep Woodway Beautiful's partnership status with Keep Texas Beautiful. KWB had been on probation for the last couple of years, but this year they worked hard and achieved a Silver Star status with KTB. Kasia has the in...

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Dec
13

Mentor-of-the-Month: Timothy Hamilton

Written by Sara Walters, Program Manager for Keep Texas Beautiful Did you know that all Keep Texas Beautiful provisional and official affiliates have access to an Affiliate Mentor? KTB started the affiliate mentor program back in 2018 as a way to help meet the needs of the nearly 300 affiliates across the state. The program aims to provide guidance...

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Mar
23

Beautify Texas Awards Past Winner Highlight: Martha Knies

Blog post written by Sarah Attwood and Stephanie Nestlerode of Keep Wimberley Beautiful Martha Knies exemplifies the unmatched volunteer spirit that characterizes the CAN-DO attitude found in Wimberley Texas. In 1992, before Wimberley's incorporation, Martha was having breakfast on the Square with her friends, when they started talking about a...

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Feb
02

GCAA Category 6 Winner: Alvin

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
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
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
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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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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Jan
09

GCAA Changes: Here to Help!

The 2020 Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) is now open for applications! For more than thirty years, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards to Texas communities for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their commu...

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Dec
13

GCAA 2019 Category 10: Brownsville

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
13

GCAA 2019 Category 9: Lewisville

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
12

GCAA 2019 Category 8: Temple

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
12

GCAA 2019 Category 7: Little Elm

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
26

GCAA 2019 Category 6: Aransas County

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
22

GCAA 2019 Category 5: Dickinson

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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