Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to work with many impactful organizations across the state and nation. Partnerships contribute to our reach and opportunities to make a difference.
In 1985, Keep Texas Beautiful became a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), a non-profit organization with a national network of nearly 1,000 affiliates and participating organizations working together to improve communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification. They combine education with hands-on stewardship to address the needs of communities on an intensely local and effective level.
Since joining the KAB affiliate system, KTB has won top honors as an outstanding KAB state affiliate and has grown its reach by creating an extensive affiliate program modeled after KAB’s. KTB now has the largest environmental and community improvement network in the state, with more than 390 community affiliates. Of those, 66 are also certified as affiliates of KAB.
Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation first began working together in the late 1960s, sharing the common goals of making Texas roadways attractive and safe for motorists and encouraging tourism, goals which have remained more than 40 years.
Since 1985, Keep Texas Beautiful has partnered through an annual contract with the Texas Department of Transportation to support TxDOT’s anti-litter and beautification programs such as Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off and the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA). KTB has recognized outstanding communities for 24 years via the GCAA program, with TxDOT providing the landscape awards since 1985.
Moreover, TxDOT administers the highly successful Texas Adopt-a-Highway program and has helped support the state’s specialty license plate program, which is administered by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Both programs serve as fantastic ways to show your commitment to Keep Texas Beautiful.
Keep Texas Beautiful is partnering with the Texas Park and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to provide support and supplies for litter clean up events at TPWD River Access and Conservation Area (RACA) sites this year. This project is part of a federal grant from the USDA to build partnerships that offer river access across private property in Texas. KTB and its over 390 affiliates will be responsible for hosting these litter clean up events over the next two years. We hope to improve the state of Texas rivers and streams and in turn, boost tourism and local economies.
EarthShare of Texas conserves natural resources and builds a healthy and sustainable environment by partnering with our member organizations, employers, and the community. EarthShare’s member groups represent the most respected and responsible environmental and conservation organizations in the country.
The Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges and is partnered with Keep Texas Beautiful via their International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest volunteer effort to improve the health of the world’s oceans and local waterways. This partnership leverages the unique resources of each organization that will assure progress as we seek to increase public awareness and volunteer activity in protecting our waterways and inland spaces.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, located in Southwest Austin, serves to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. While the public enjoys its beautiful gardens, the Center is also one of the country’s most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants.
This partnership is a natural alliance of two organizations with complementary missions. Keep Texas Beautiful with its focus on beautification, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with its mission to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes, creates a multitude of opportunities for both organizations. With the programs and knowledge that the Wildflower Center brings to our extensive network of community affiliates, the possibilities are endless.
Keep Texas Beautiful is an affiliate of the Wildflower Center, with the pledge to support the mission of the organization and share information about the Wildflower Center programs with the KTB affiliate network. The partnership will leverage the unique resources of both organizations in ways that will assure progress as they seek to increase public awareness about the importance of native plants; promote the use, conservation, and restoration of native plants and natural communities; demonstrate the benefits of native plants and natural communities; and generate public support for both organizations.
Programs on which the organizations collaborate include:
Invaders of Texas
Landscape for Life
Texas Children in Nature (TCiN) envisions that all children and their families, from all walks of life, will spend more time outdoors, engaged with nature for a healthier, happier, smarter Texas. Keep Texas Beautiful works to actively support and integrate the fundamental principles of this organization into our youth programming across the state. We are also a member of the regional Austin-based TCiN network and support youth nature-based activities through Nature Rocks Texas.