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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.

 

 

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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) invites the public to participate in the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off,” our state’s signature event of the “Great American Cleanup,” the nation’s largest community improvement program. Irving’s event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 2 at Trinity View Park, 2221 E. State Highway 356.  

 

KIB will provide cleanup supplies and lunch following the event. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Persons 17-years-old and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Additionally, the event also will include a canned food drive to benefit Crisis Ministries of Irving Food Pantry. Volunteers who donate canned food items will receive a KIB T-shirt, while supplies last.

Volunteers are asked to register online at www.keepirvingbeautiful.org by March 25.  Registration will close when all slots are filled.

In addition to the Trinity View Park event, KIB is also offering a virtual option.  Volunteers are asked to choose a safe location, conduct their own cleanups, then report via their social media pages.  Using the hashtag #IrvingTrashOff2022, participants should post pictures on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and include the number of volunteers, total hours, as well as the number bags of trash and/or recyclables collected.

 

 

About KIB

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 Brings Valentine’s Day Joy to Seniors

Volunteers Write 643 Cards for Nursing Home Residents

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) followed their holiday card campaign with a similar project for Valentine’s Day.  KIB invited community members to make or write cards for residents of local nursing homes.

 

A total of 524 community members donated 643 cards.  This represented 545 volunteer hours and many smiles from the faces of the seniors who received the cards.  As a special treat, KIB volunteer Nancy Ard donated several flower arrangements she had made from recycled materials.  KIB staff delivered the cards and flowers in time for the Valentine’s Day parties at the nursing homes.

 

KIB would like to thank the following: Irving Girl Scout Troops; Irving Elite cheerleaders and athletes; Lively and Schulze Elementary Schools; Lamar Middle School; the after-school programs at Senter, Georgia Farrow, Lee, Northwest and Mustang Recreation Centers; Shady Grove Learning Center; the Lively Pointe Adult Day Therapeutic Program; Cynthia Sharp, Karen Harmon and Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer and wife Melanie for contributing cards to the project.

 

“We can’t say enough about how the community responded to this program,” said KIB Board member Candace Eldridge. “The seniors enjoyed receiving the cards, which helped make their Valentine’s Day special. KIB has great volunteers who are always willing to help with projects like this, and we thank them very much for their kindness.”

 

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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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) partnered with Cistercian Preparatory School for a Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day service project on Jan. 17 at the City of Irving Tree Farm.   The City of Irving’s Urban Forestry Team guided the group of 81, which included students, teachers, and parents, to add mulch to the trees growing at the farm.  The group completed a combined total of 162 hours of service.

 

The many varieties of trees grown at the farm will be used to replace damaged or diseased trees in public spaces across the city.  Prior to visiting the farm, Cistercian Preparatory School volunteers started their day with a cleanup at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas.

 

The King Holiday and Service Act of 1993 was passed by Congress in 1994, which designated MLK Day as a National Day of Service. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to make the holiday a day on, not a day off by engaging in volunteer activities.

 

“What an outstanding turnout we had for this event,” said KIB board member and Schools Co-Chair Kelly Horn. “Cistercian places a very high value on giving back and has been a great KIB partner for several years. This group spent their whole day off by being of service to the community, and that really is what this day is all about.”

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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 Holiday Card Project a Success

Volunteers Write 535 Cards and Letters for Nursing Home Residents

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently conducted a card and letter writing campaign with the goal of bringing some holiday cheer to local nursing home residents.  What started as an idea from Irving Girl Scouts, grew into a project that involved 170 community members writing a total of 535 holiday cards. 

 

Some of the cards were handmade, many had personal notes included, and they all expressed wishes for a happy holiday season.  KIB would like to thank Irving Girl Scout Troops 6458, 1810 and 5252; Irving Elite Cheerleaders and athletes, City of Irving’s Code Enforcement Department, Irving ISD Lively Elementary art classes, Helping Around Town Ministry, KIB Board and staff, Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer and wife Melanie; who contributed to the project.  Several individuals, some of whom had never volunteered with KIB before, saw social media posts and were inspired to donate cards to the KIB office.

 

“KIB is so thankful for the outpouring of support by community members for this project,” said KIB Board member Margie Stipes. “We started with a goal of 140 cards, and our volunteers more than tripled that number.  We were happy to deliver these to nursing home residents and hopefully bring smiles to a lot of faces.  The response to this project was so encouraging that we plan to have a similar card writing campaign for Valentine’s Day in 2022.”

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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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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently partnered with the Flowserve Corporation for a cleanup project at Bird’s Fort Trail Park, part of Irving’s Campion Trail System. On Oct. 26, five employee volunteers met at the park for an afternoon of service, part of the company’s global community impact program “Flowserve Cares.”  The group worked as a team to collect litter along the tree line, collecting 16 pounds of trash and five pounds of recyclable materials, giving a combined ten hours of service.

 

Headquartered in Irving, Flowserve is a multi-national company with more than 300 locations worldwide. The Flowserve Cares program focuses on empowering associates to make meaningful impacts in the communities where they live and work. Employee volunteers in several locations across the country participated in similar service projects on the same day.

 

 “Irving’s corporate community is very active in volunteering and supporting local organizations, and we are fortunate to have companies like Flowserve based here in our city,” said KIB Board Member Rachel Moon. “We enjoyed welcoming the Flowserve Cares team to this beautiful park and appreciate their efforts in helping to keep litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.”

 

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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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently partnered with Irving-based Vizient, Inc. for their annual “Community Day” project.  On Oct. 12, 23 employee volunteers met at the Fritz Park Petting Farm for a morning of service in painting the large animal enclosure. These volunteers, armed with scrapers, rollers and brushes, gave a bright vibrant look to the area by applying a fresh coat of black paint to the metal fencing, for a combined total of 69 hours of service. 

 

This marked KIB’s 12th year of teaming with Vizient for this annual event, where employees are given time off work to participate in service projects with local nonprofit organizations.

 

The City of Irving Parks Department provided supplies and technical guidance for the project, while James Hull and Amanda List returned as the Vizient team co-leaders.

 

“We enjoyed hosting the Vizient employee volunteers here at the Petting Farm,” said KIB Board Member Kelly Horn. “We greatly value our relationship with companies like Vizient that place a high value on community engagement and volunteerism. It’s also nice to see that many of the same Vizient volunteers choose to work with us year after year in meaningful projects. “

 

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.