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Keep Irving Beautiful and Partners Celebrate Earth Month

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) had a productive April, partnering with several groups to conduct “Earth Month” activities.  April 22 has been known as “Earth Day” since 1970, but interest and participation have grown beyond just one day to include the entire month of April.

 

KIB started April with the annual “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” cleanup at Trinity View Park, 2221 E. State Highway 356. This event, part of Keep Texas Beautiful’s statewide initiative and Keep America Beautiful’s “Great American Cleanup” nationwide program, set the tone for the month.  During April, KIB worked with several new partners for cleanups, including BBB Industries who picked up litter near the Rock Island Road Bike and Pedestrian Trail on April 8.  Employee volunteers from the Irving and Dallas offices of the Claudia Salas State Farm Insurance Agency joined forces on April 22 for a cleanup at Running Bear Park, 2601 S. Story Road. 

 

On April 21, KIB staff visited the Lively Adult Day Therapeutic Program and brought our toucan mascot Kirby to teach about recycling and the importance of not littering.  The clients enjoyed discovering some of the many items that can be made from recycled materials, and followed with a cleanup of Lively Park, 909 N. O’Connor Road.

 

Abbott Laboratories employees helped to beautify a popular Irving attraction with a paint project at the Animal Connection Experience at Fritz Park, 312 E. Vilbig St., on April 15.  They put a fresh coat of paint on the metal fencing, preparing for the arrival of the summer season.  Another paint project was with a new partner, the Amazon DAL-2 Fulfillment Center at the DFW Airport.  This group of employee volunteers gathered at Southwest Park, 2800 Shady Grove Road, on April 23 to give a fresh new look to the soccer field by painting the surrounding fencing.

 

KIB partnered with the West Irving Library for an Earth Day project that included building birdhouses and a  plant exchange.  KIB supplied birdhouse kits that were donated by the Parks Department, and the library supplied the plants. 

 

Additionally, the Bird’s Fort Trail Butterfly Garden is thriving, thanks to the efforts of volunteers who tend to the many different plants that help to attract butterflies and other pollinators to the area.  KIB invites the community to visit the beauty of the garden located at 5756 Riverside Drive. The garden is along the city’s Campion Trail system.

 

“April is typically our busiest month of the year, and 2022 was no exception,” said KIB board member Margie Stipes. “We started the month with a community cleanup and ended with Arbor Day, with a great variety of projects and partners in between.  Of course, at KIB we like to say that every day is Earth Day, so all of our activities throughout the year reflect that theme.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful Recognized as Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful
86 Texas Communities Honored for their Exceptional Community Improvement Efforts

 

[IRVING, TEXAS] - Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement non-profit organization, recently named Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) a Gold Star Affiliate, a designation granted to 86 of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates. Gold Star recognition is the membership recognition highest status any community affiliate can achieve.

 

In 2004, the organization introduced the concept of Gold Star recognition to reward those communities who sought to go above and beyond the established requirements. To remain in good standing with KTB, community affiliates must submit a report, pay dues, attend training and participate in a KTB-endorsed activity annually. 

 

To achieve Gold Star status, affiliates must share information on their mission and goals, answer questions about their economic development and diversity and inclusion practices or participate in the Beautify Texas Awards or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs, and provide a letter of support from their community.  KTB will formally recognize Gold Star communities during its 55th Annual Conference in June.

 

“Our affiliates are the backbone of our organization. We are proud to honor those going above and beyond to keep their communities clean and beautiful,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Our Gold Star Affiliates are educating and engaging community members, actively recruiting and managing volunteers, hosting cleanup and beautification events throughout their community and so much more.”

 

In 2021 alone, KTB affiliates engaged 41,550 volunteers who contributed 190,094 hours to collect 3.25 million pounds of waste and recyclables from Texas roadways, trails, and waterways.  Keep Irving Beautiful successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens, and beautify and enhance the local community.  Working with all sectors of the community, KIB’s 2021 totals were 5,665 volunteers, 8.081 volunteer hours, 18,698 pounds of trash and recyclables collected in cleanups,

and 133 trees planted in public spaces.

 

“Maintaining the Gold Star level with Keep Texas Beautiful is very important to our organization,” said KIB President Scott Wilson.  “It shows the commitment we have to this community and to our state affiliate, but it also reflects the dedication of our volunteers in helping us to keep Irving clean, green and beautiful.”

 

 

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About Irving

The City of Irving ranks #1 per capita among cities with at least 5 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters with a population greater than 100,000. Centrally located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Irving continues to attract top talent from around the world.

 

About Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Texas the best place to live, work, and play by deploying resources for community improvement projects, clean-ups, and youth engagement efforts across the state. Through our Keep Texas Recycling program, we provide assistance and education to support recycling in rural and underserved communities.

 

Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action by providing them with tools, resources, and training. Our fieldwork includes research on best practices for litter reduction along with the development of community programs to prevent the flow of litter to the Gulf.

 

Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful’s work is driven by its network of nearly 300 affiliate member communities, volunteers, and supporters that reach 17 million Texans annually. For more information and to find your closest affiliate, visit www.ktb.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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KEEP IRVING BEAUTIFUL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL AWARDS

“Mayor and KIB Awards” Honor Irving’s Difference Makers

 

(IRVING, TEXAS) - Keep Irving Beautiful is asking for nominations to be submitted for the 2022 “Mayor and KIB Annual Awards.”  These awards honor local individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond in making significant contributions towards making Irving a better place to live, work, play or visit.  KIB calls them their “environmental stars” and will recognize the winners at a reception on Monday, August 1.  Categories include:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Educator
  • Faith Group
  • Civic Organization
  • Business and Industry
  • Media
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Civil Servant
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Government
  • KIB Hometown

 

Detailed descriptions of each award, a list of previous year’s winners, and the current nomination form can be found by going to www.keepirvingbeautiful.org. Nominations can be submitted online, or can be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the KIB office at: 

Keep Irving Beautiful, 3000 Rock Island Road, Irving, TX 75060.

For more information, please contact KIB at 972-721-2175, or email info@rockthegreen.org.

 

Nominations must be received by Friday, June 10, 2022.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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Mission Tomorrow Receives Beautify Texas Award

 

(Irving, Texas) – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) recently announced the Irving-based nonprofit Mission Tomorrow as a winner of the 2022 Beautify Texas Award for Outstanding Project. The Beautify Texas Awards, formerly the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards, recognize the efforts of those working to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State. These awards range in honoring extraordinary volunteers, professionals, youth, educators, businesses, local/civic governments, organizations, and specific projects and programs.

 

“Outstanding Project” is one of ten categories and recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations or city/county/state government departments supporting the KTB mission through a specific one-time project or event from the previous year. Mission Tomorrow is incredibly deserving of this recognition for their “Trees for Life” project, the planting of 100 trees at Irving’s Cimarron Park in October of 2021.  The project was funded by a Lowe’s “100 Hometowns” grant in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary, and was a partnership that included Mission Tomorrow, Lowe’s employee volunteers, VolunteerNow, Keep Irving Beautiful and the City of Irving Urban Forestry Team.

 

“We are proud to honor and recognize Texans who are making a difference in our state,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Their actions do more than protect the environment: they inspire community members to get involved and help us keep Texas beautiful.”

 

For more than 20 years, Keep Texas Beautiful has recognized extraordinary Texans and Texas institutions who are committed to keeping Texas beautiful. Today, these awards  serve as a continued reminder of the hard work and dedication of our supporters across the state.

 

Mission Tomorrow will be honored at the KTB Annual Conference, which will take place in Austin from June 27 through June 29. A full list of winners and award descriptions, as well as information about the conference can be found atwww.ktb.org

 

About Keep Texas Beautiful


Keep Texas Beautiful is a network of dedicated Texans working together to make our state the best place to live, work and play. We equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has more than 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling, and youth engagement efforts. Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action across the state. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we lead nearly 300 affiliates and reach 17 million Texans annually. We are proudly based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.ktb.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @keeptxbeautiful.

 

About Mission Tomorrow

 

Founded in 2020 by brothers Dhruv and Vansh Nanda, Mission Tomorrow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a better world than the one we live in. They believe this can be accomplished through poverty eradication and creating a sustainable environment. Their goal is to improve the lives of people by addressing the basic needs of health, shelter, and education while preserving the natural resources for current and future generations.



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KIB Partners with BBB Industries for Earth Day Service Project

Employee Volunteers Participate in Cleanup

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently partnered with BBB Industries for an Earth Day service project.  On April 8, nine employee volunteers from the company’s Irving office met at the KIB office, where they were equipped with bright yellow vests, litter grabbers, gloves, trash and recycle bags.  The group then went to their destination, the Rock Island Bike and Pedestrian Trail, where they collected litter from the tree line near the trail.  They collected 48 pounds of trash and 6 pounds of recyclables.

 

BBB Industries has been a pioneer in sustainable manufacturing for more than 30 years, and currently does business in 58 countries.  Through a circular process, they receive used automobile parts, manufacture them to like-new quality, and ship them to customers in return for more parts.  BBB recently has expanded their business to include upcycling and extending the life of solar panels and EV batteries. 

 “KIB is excited to welcome BBB Industries as a new partner,” said KIB board member Kelly Horn. “Their focus on recycling and repurposing products fits perfectly with our mission and goals.  The Irving location reached out to us for a project during April – Earth Month - that would make a positive impact, and they did an outstanding job with the cleanup.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful Hosts “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off”

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)—The “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” is the state’s signature event of the “Great American Cleanup,” taking place in communities all across Texas.  Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) hosted its event on April 2 at Trinity View Park, where volunteers came together with the common goal of stopping litter from reaching the nearby Elm Fork of the Trinity River.  After signing in, receiving supplies, and hearing a safety speech, groups of volunteers spread out across the park, along creek beds, tree lines and wooded areas, collecting litter that had been washed into this low-lying area. 

 

Following the cleanup, volunteers were treated to a lunch of beef or veggie hot dogs prepared by volunteers from Blueprint Church, including a variety of chips donated by longtime sponsor Frito-Lay. City departments that were instrumental in the success of this event included Parks and Recreation, who reserved the park and provided logistic guidance, Solid Waste Services, who provided roll-off containers and weighed the materials collected, and Communications, who provided a crew from Irving Community Television Network to cover the event.

 

Also, volunteers from Crisis Ministries of Irving accepted canned food donations from those in attendance, collecting a total of 280 pounds for their food pantry in downtown Irving. Those who donated food items received a KIB T-shirt.

 

KIB also offered a virtual “#IrvingTrashOff2022” where volunteers chose their own locations around the city and reported via social media.  They were asked to post pictures of their cleanups, and include the number of volunteers, hours and bags of trash recyclables collected along with the hashtag #IrvingTrashOff2022.   The combined efforts of the in-person and remote events were 152 volunteers (105 adults and 47 youth),  440.5 hours, 1,650 pounds of trash and 860 pounds of recyclables collected.

 

“The Trash-Off is a great community event that is also part of a much bigger picture,” said KIB’s President Scott Wilson. “Our volunteers were joined by thousands of others in Texas who participated in their own Trash-Off events.  This is also part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup program, which will engage millions of volunteers throughout the country from through May.  We were happy to offer the virtual cleanup again this year to give our volunteers another option to participate.”

 

 

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Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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Irving Receives Prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award

Ten Winning Communities Receive State Environmental Award and Share $2 Million in Prize Money

 

Irving Texas, March 24, 2022 – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Irving as one of ten winners of the 2022 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement. KTB, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the GCAA to Texas communities for more than 50 years. This year, the ten winning communities will share $2 million in landscape funding from TxDOT; Irving will receive $310,000 for a landscaping project.

 

The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. A community’s environmental program is judged by a group of diverse, multi-sector judges on achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: public awareness and outreach, environmental education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management, litter law and illegal dumping enforcement.

 

“Irving is very proud to receive this honor,” said Keep Irving Beautiful [RB1] President Scott Wilson. “It represents the dedication of those in this community who work together toward a common goal of making Irving a better place to live, work and play.  This is an award for the entire community, and very well deserved.”

 

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping award funding since 1985. Irving will be honored during KTB’s Annual Conference, which will take place in Austin, TX from June 27 through June 29, with an awards dinner and presentation on the evening of June 29. Other winning communities include Salado, Richwood, Lucas, Woodway, Katy, Canyon Lake, Grapevine, Rowlett, and Allen.

To learn more about GCAA and this year’s winners, visit ktb.org/gcaa

About Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Texas the best place to live, work, and play by deploying resources for community improvement projects, clean-ups, and youth engagement efforts across the state. Through our Keep Texas Recycling program, we provide assistance and education to support recycling in rural and underserved communities.

 

Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action by providing them with tools, resources, and training. Our fieldwork includes research on best practices for litter reduction along with the development of community programs to prevent the flow of litter to the Gulf.

 

Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful’s work is driven by its network of nearly 300 affiliate member communities, volunteers, and supporters that reach 17 million Texans annually. For more information and to find your closest affiliate, visit www.ktb.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, maritime, rail and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.  Find out more at TxDOT.gov. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

About Irving

The City of Irving ranks #1 per capita among cities with at least 5 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters with a population greater than 100,000. Centrally located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Irving continues to attract top talent from around the world.

 

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KIB Partners with Girl Scouts for Service Project

Event Celebrates Girl Scouts of America’s 110th Birthday

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— March 12 marked the 110 anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the organization celebrated this occasion through service projects across the country.  Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) was chosen as one of the community partners to host an event to clean up the area near the Rock Island Road Bike and Pedestrian Trail.  KIB worked with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, who recruited volunteers from troops throughout the council.

 

On Saturday, March 12, the girls, along with parents and siblings, met with KIB staff to receive safety instructions, then set out to remove litter that had settled along the tree line near the trail. There were 22 youth and 20 adult volunteers representing troops from Dallas, Frisco, Coppell and Argyle. During their combined total of 126 hours of service, volunteers collected 105 pounds of trash and recyclable materials.

 

“We have a long history of partnering with Irving Girl Scout troops,” said KIB staff member Julie Schmitt. “Today we had the pleasure of welcoming scouts from outside of Irving, and we really appreciate their help. They were an enthusiastic group who worked hard and made a noticeable difference in the area.  Several people using the trail stopped to thank them for what they were doing.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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KIB Partners with CHRIST Church Irving’s ‘516 Students’ Youth Group

Group Conducts Cleanup and Makes Birdhouses

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— CHRIST Church Irving’s “516 Students” youth group recently partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for two service projects.  Youth and mentors from the church’s student ministry program collected 80 pounds of trash and recyclables to cleanup a  neighborhood near Irving Heights Drive and Grauwyler Road, south of the church.  Volunteers also made 15 birdhouses from kits donated by the Parks and Recreation Department for an after-school program at an Irving Recreation Center for children to paint. The combined efforts of these two projects were completed by 25 youth and adult volunteers, resulting in 55 hours of service.

 

“At Keep Irving Beautiful we believe that is important to involve people in volunteerism at a young age, so this partnership fits perfectly for both KIB and the student ministry,” said KIB Faith Groups Co-Chair Brian Bunch, who also serves as the student pastor at CHRIST Church. “The young people get a great deal of satisfaction from participating in meaningful, impactful activities which give back to the community.  They have conducted several cleanups in the past, but the birdhouse project was a new experience which they also really enjoyed.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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KIB Partners with Abbott Laboratories for Tree Planting

Volunteers Replant Trees Damaged by Winter Storms

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— If you stroll along O’Connor Road just north of Highway 183, you are sure to notice a welcome greenery addition to the path.  On March 2, Abbott Laboratories employees partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and the City of Irving Urban Forestry Team to plant 21 trees, a mix of cedar elm, bur oak, red oak and pecan.

 

The trees were funded from corporate donations from Northrop Grumman and Mentor Texas.  The newly planted trees replaced ash trees in the area, which were irreparably damaged by last year’s prolonged freezing temperatures of the winter storms.

 

Prior to planting the trees, eight Abbott volunteers received safety instructions from KIB staff, followed by a training from the Irving Urban Forestry Team.  Volunteers learned the importance of root preparation, planting at the proper depth, benefits of mulching, and why certain trees were planted in the shadier areas and others in full sun.  After training, participants worked in small groups to plant the trees, providing a total of 24 hours of service.

 

A crew from Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) captured the action of the day’s activities and interviewed volunteers and staff for a feature story.

 

“Abbott Laboratories is a new partner for us,” said KIB board member Jim Scrivner. “They did an outstanding job today.  This is another great example of the partnerships that KIB is so thankful for.  We had three different corporate groups contributing to the success of this project, as well as the City of Irving Parks and Recreation and Communications departments. The end result is an even more beautiful walkway for our residents to enjoy.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.