Keep Texas Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Texas the best place to live, work, and play! Our mission is to inspire and empower Texans to make their communities clean and beautiful. We provide resources for community improvement projects, clean-ups, and youth engagement efforts across the state. Our Keep Texas Recycling program provides technical assistance, education, and access to markets to increase recycling in rural and underserved communities.
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The Beautify Texas Awards recognize efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect Texas’ environment. These awards range in honoring extraordinary volunteers, professionals, youth, educators, businesses, local/civic governments, organizations, and specific projects and programs.
The Beautify Texas Awards include many of the same categories as the former Keep Texas Beautiful Awards. They are organized into two main categories, Individual Awards and Organization Awards.
The most prestigious award Keep Texas Beautiful presents, this once-in-a-lifetime professional distinction is awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in improving and enhancing the environment of their community, the state of Texas, and beyond.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The OP Schnabel award recognizes an adult individual whose extraordinary volunteer effort supports the mission of KTB and contributes to the betterment of their community.
The Ruthe Jackson award recognizes the efforts and leadership of youth to beautify the community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks, and neighborhoods. A youth individual is defined as a student (elementary through post graduate), scout, youth advisory board member. Nominees can be recognized as individuals or their collective efforts as a group or team.
Sadie Ray Graff
This award recognizes the efforts of an educator that provides instruction and/or programming to Pre-K through college students to encourage youth involvement and promotes the KTB mission through environmental education.
Ebby Halliday & Maurice Acers
The Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers Award recognizes a business with sound environmental principles that supports the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses.
The Outstanding Program award recognizes contributions by civic organizations and city, county, and state government departments, divisions, or agencies that support the KTB mission through a distinct and continual program.
The Outstanding Project award recognizes contributions by civic organizations and city, county, and state government departments that support the KTB mission through a specific one-time project or event from the previous year.
Public Education & Outreach
The Public Education & Outreach Award recognizes the public awareness and education efforts of civic organizations, media outlets, and city, county, and state government departments in print and/or electronic media in supporting environmental issues.
The Ruthe Jackson Youth Organization award recognizes the efforts and leadership of youth-oriented organizations to beautify the community and create cleaner and greener campuses, parks, and neighborhoods. A youth organization is defined as a scout group, student-led organization, youth advisory board, and similar.
Sadie Ray Graff
The Sadie Ray Graff award recognizes the efforts of educational institutions that provide instruction/programming to Pre-K through college students to encourage youth involvement and promote the KTB mission through environmental education.