Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization, recently named Keep Irving Beautiful a Gold Star Affiliate, a designation conferred on just 66 of KTB’s more than 395 affiliates in 2017. Gold Star recognition is the highest status any community affiliate can achieve.
Keep Irving Beautiful successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens and beautify and enhance the local community. In 2016 alone, KTB affiliates and their local volunteers contributed 462,315 hours to collect over 10 million pounds of waste, including 8.5 million pounds of litter and small recyclables, 1.6 million pounds of tires, and 443,314 pounds of electronics.
To remain in good standing with KTB, community affiliates must annually submit a report, pay dues, attend at least one training session and participate in at least one KTB-endorsed activity. 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 achieve this status, affiliates must share information on their mission and goals, answer questions about their educational programs and solid waste initiatives or participate in the Keep Texas Beautiful or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs, and provide a letter of support from their community. Affiliates must also participate in KTB events, demonstrate community wide support and contribute to the sharing of best practices. KTB formally recognized Gold Star communities during its 50th Annual Conference in San Antonio, which was held June 12-14, 2017.
Keep Irving Beautiful
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 www.keepirvingbeautiful.org or call (972) 721-2175.
Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization and affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 395 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to take individual responsibility for making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information about KTB, visit www.ktb.org, follow us on Twitter at @keeptxbeautiful and like us on Facebook at @keeptxbeautiful.