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2012-11-15 / General Stories

Texas Communities Are Encouraged to Apply for Prestigious Statewide Awards Program

Applications now being accepted for the 2013 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA), one of the most prestigious annual environmental awards programs in Texas. In March 2013, 10 communities will be selected by a panel of judges to share $2 million from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), to be used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way within their communities.

The awards recognize the best grassroots environmental programs in the state, and are awarded in 10 different categories, based on population. The winner of the smallest population category, which recognizes communities with up to 3,000 residents, receives a $90,000 grant, while cities with more than 180,000 residents qualify for $310,000. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven different areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and property improvement, and solid waste management. KTB will formally recognize and award these communities during its 46th Annual Conference in San Antonio, scheduled for June 17- 20, 2013.

Communities interested in applying may download the 2013 application from the KTB website at http://www.ktb.org/programs/ awards/governors-communityachievement awards.aspx or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX to request a copy. Applications are due to Keep Texas Beautiful on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by 5:00 pm.

Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information on programs and events, call 1- 800-CLEAN-TX or visit www.ktb.org.

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