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

 

IRVING, TEXAS - Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit organization, recently named Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) a Gold Star Affiliate, a designation granted to 70 affiliates of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates. Gold Star Affliate is the highest membership recognition 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 about their mission and goals, answer questions related to their economic development and diversity and inclusion practices, 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 54th 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 2020, KTB affiliates engaged 20,917 volunteers who contributed 37,857 hours to collect 1 million pounds of waste and recyclables from Texas roadways, trails, and waterways. Irvingsuccessfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local residents, as well as beautify and enhance the local community.

 

“On behalf of the entire Keep Irving Beautiful Board of Directors, I would like to thank Keep Texas Beautiful for this honor,” said KIB Board President Scott Wilson. “This past year was full of challenges, but we exceeded our expectations thanks in part to having such strong leadership at the state level in Keep Texas Beautiful.  We would also like to thank our outstanding volunteers and sponsors for everything they do to keep our organization achieve the highest level.”

 

 

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About Keep Irving Beautiful

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.

 

 

 

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 2021 “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 2.  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 11, 2021.

 

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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KIB Hosts Hybrid ‘Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off’ Cleanup

104 Volunteers Participate in Person and Virtually

 

Trinity View Park was the site for Keep Irving Beautiful’s (KIB) annual spring cleanup event, the Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off, part of the state’s signature event for the national Great American Cleanup initiative. On April 10, volunteers arrived early, according to the time they had chosen when they pre-registered. While the Trash-Off usually draws several hundred volunteers, this event was limited to the first 100 who signed up in order to observe social distancing guidelines. Sign-ins were staggered every 15 minutes, and after picking up supplies and receiving safety instructions, volunteers set out in small groups to collect litter and prevent it from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

 

While these volunteers were picking up litter at Trinity View, other groups were conducting their own cleanups in areas like Parkside Commons and Northwest, T.W. Richardson Grove, Spring Hills and Centennial Parks. These ‘virtual volunteers’ posted pictures to social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and reported their total volunteers, hours and amounts collected. By including the hashtag #IrvingTrashOff, their posts were monitored by KIB staff and their efforts were included in the grand total.

 

Combing the efforts of the Trinity View Park group and those who worked throughout the city, the final results included, 101 volunteers, 384 volunteer hours, 1,435 pounds of trash and 325 pounds of recyclables collected.

 

Several city departments contributed to the success of the event, including Parks and Recreation and Solid Waste Services for providing roll-off containers and weighing the trash and recyclables collected. The Communications Department provided an ICTN crew to interview volunteers and capture the action of the day.

 

Trinity View volunteers were treated to box lunches, generously donated by the Chick-fil-A Las Colinas store. Special thanks to the Young Men’s Service League Irving Hawks from Cistercian Academy and their mothers for their support.

 

It has become tradition to include a canned food drive as part of this event. Crisis Ministries is a 100% volunteer organization serving Irving for more than 25 years. Donations directly support the work they do each day. This year, KIB volunteers donated 280 pounds of food.

 

“KIB has been looking forward to being able to gather together for an event like this,” said KIB Board President Scott Wilson. “While KIB had to limit the volunteer numbers this year, the enthusiasm was the same as it always is. On behalf of the entire KIB board and staff, we want to thank everyone who had a part in this event, whether it was at Trinity View, or at cleanups in other locations.”

 

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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The walking trail at Running Bear Park now is lined with more trees, thanks to the recent efforts of volunteers from the Acosta Cares team, a group of employees from Acosta Sales and Marketing and Mosaic Sales Solutions. On April 6, eight Acosta Cares volunteers partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB), the Texas Trees Foundation, and the City of Irving’s Urban Forestry team to plant 25 trees — a mix of Shumard red oak, Mexican sycamore, and cedar elm — at Running Bear Park. A member of the Irving Parks Board helped with the planting, which was funded by a generous donation from Verizon.

 

The volunteers, who observed safety guidelines by wearing masks and gloves, were first instructed by the city’s arborist in proper planting techniques. The volunteers then broke into small groups to plant the trees, followed by the application of mulch.  Some of the volunteers noted that this was the first time they had ever planted a tree. 

 

“An event like this really shows what KIB is all about,” said KIB board member Chuck Kirk. “The organization has partnerships with two corporate groups – Acosta and Verizon – as well as with another nonprofit, the Texas Trees Foundation. During the tree planting events, volunteers always mention how they appreciate the knowledge they gain, which can be used when planting trees at home.”

 

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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Girl Scouts Participate in Spring Break Service Project with Keep Irving Beautiful

Troops 1810, 6458 Clean at Rock Island Trail

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— What do Irving Girl Scout Troops do during spring break? They find a way to be of service to the community. Members of Troops 6458 and 1810 joined with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for a cleanup March 17 near the Rock Island Road Bike and Pedestrian Trail.  The troops participated in a similar project earlier in this year and were excited to return for a second cleanup.

 

The volunteers observed all safety guidelines by wearing masks and gloves during the cleanup, picking up litter along the tree line next to the trail. The eight youth and three adults collected 40 pounds of trash and recyclables for a total of 22 hours of service.

 

“The bike and pedestrian trail is kept clean for residents to enjoy as they walk or cycle,” said KIB board member Karen Harmon. “Litter tends to collect in the tree line that borders the trail area, especially after rain and high winds. KIB would like to thank the Girl Scout Troops and adult leaders for taking the time to volunteer to help make a difference in the Irving community.”

 

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 Earns Keep America Beautiful’s

President’s Circle Award Recognition

 

Local Organization Recognized for Exemplary Performance, Standard of Excellence

 

IRVING, Texas - March 9, 2021– Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has presented Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) with its 2020 President’s Circle Award. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of Keep America Beautiful in creating clean, green, and beautiful communities.

 

In qualifying for the President’s Circle Award, KIB has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index; calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio; and administering initiatives to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify the community. KIB is one of nearly 700 community-based affiliates in the Keep America Beautiful network whose programs, initiatives, and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places.

 

“Each year, our dynamic affiliate network carries out our shared mission at the state, county, and municipal levels across the country,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman, PhD. “By engaging volunteers, building partnerships, and executing innovative programming, our affiliates demonstrate purpose and create collective impact through a national movement with local execution built around mutually reinforcing activities.” 

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful is proud to be the local affiliate of our national organization, Keep America Beautiful,” said KIB Board President Scott Wilson.  “Everything we do is geared toward making Irving a better place to live, work and play, whether it is conducting cleanups, promoting recycling, or beautifying public spaces.  It’s a great honor to be recognized with the President’s Circle Award for our accomplishments in 2020.”

 

Community Appearance Index-Litter Index:  The Keep America Beautiful Community Appearance Index-Litter Index is a tool used by its affiliates to visually assess overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned or junk vehicles, and outside storage. A team of community, business and government representatives conduct the visual analysis using a scoring system ranging from 1-4, with “1” rated as “no litter” to “4” being “extremely littered.” Each year, affiliates grade their communities during a drive-by examination of the same areas at the same time of the year. This provides an indication of the success of each community’s anti-littering education and other anti-littering programs.

 

Cost/Benefit Analysis: This measurement tool enables Keep America Beautiful affiliates to demonstrate their ability to leverage community resources by determining the dollar value returned to the community for every dollar invested by government.

 

About Keep Irving Beautiful: 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.

 

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of nearly 700 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

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Members of Irving Girl Scout Troops 6458 and 1810 started their weekend early by participating in a cleanup project with Keep Irving Beautiful Feb. 5. The scouts and two adult sponsors met at the KIB office after school, then headed to the new Rock Island Road Bike and Pedestrian Trail. Observing safety guidelines, the scouts wore masks and gloves as they picked up litter along the tree line next to the trail.

 

The six youth and two adults collected 29 pounds of trash and recyclables during the 16 hours of service.

 

“KIB cannot say enough about how important the Irving Girl Scout Troops have been, especially during this past year” said KIB board member Kelly Horn. “The troops have participated in cleanups, tree plantings, paint projects, and have made numerous no-sew blankets. KIB can always count on the troops to step up to volunteer, and the organization is grateful for their service.”

 

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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Employees from the Irving office of Kimley-Horn started 2021 by volunteering with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) Jan. 15 in a company-wide service day. Kimley-Horn, one of the nation’s leading planning and design consulting firms, begins each year with its annual company “Kickoff.” The event focuses on employees’ plans for the new year, as well as reinforcing a commitment to the communities they serve. Employees from Kimley-Horn’s 16 offices in Texas and Oklahoma had the opportunity to participate in both virtual and in-person volunteer events.

 

Adhering to the guidelines for group size, nine Kimley-Horn employees were partnered with KIB for an afternoon of service. The group met for a cleanup at Bird’s Fort Trail Park along Irving’s Campion Trail. Working in groups of two or more, the volunteers concentrated primarily along the tree line next to the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Volunteers collected litter that had accumulated from recent wind and rains. During a combined 18 hours of service, the teams brought collection bags to a central location and weighed the record amount: 157.5 pounds of trash and recyclables.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful is always happy to welcome new corporate volunteers, like Kimley-Horn, that place a high value on giving back to local communities,” said KIB board member Karen Harmon. “Volunteering together in nature provides both physical and mental benefits and improves the visual appearance of the area. Kimley-Horn volunteers not only helped to keep the park clean, but also saw some of Bird’s Fort Trail’s great amenities, such as the new canoe launch and revitalized butterfly garden.”

 

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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Brothers Ethan and Sabin Mamoon made a bird feeder from a recycled milk carton

America Recycles Day (ARD), celebrated annually on Nov. 15, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States. It is a Keep America Beautiful (KAB) program, and as the local KAB affiliate, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) is one of hundreds of similar organizations across the country that holds events to celebrate ARD.

 

KIB rose to another challenge that presented itself in 2020 by transforming its America Recycles Day into a social media-driven event. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, KIB asked volunteers to show how they recycle by posting pictures to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #IrvingRecycles. Some of the volunteers showed how they crafted items from recycled materials, including a bird feeder made from a milk carton and a doll made from boxes and jars. Other volunteers posted pictures of recycling in their neighborhoods or schools, and included tips about recycling with their posts. An estimated 18 adults and 36 students participated in the event. Three groups were chosen and received gift cards in a prize drawing.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful volunteers can always be counted on to step up and participate when asked,” said KIB board member Karen Harmon. “KIB typically holds America Recycles Day events in a group setting, but this was a smooth transition to a social media event. It was great to see how KIB volunteers got involved in the event and helped to promote recycling in Irving.”

 

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 (KIB) planned for 2020 to be the “Year of the Tree” in Irving. With the help of numerous corporate sponsors, dedicated volunteers, and the Parks Arbor Team, KIB made its goal a reality. The latest tree planting event took ran Nov. 10 at West Irving Library. The event included employees from Acosta Marketing/Mosaic Sales Solutions through its “Acosta Cares” outreach program. Joined by the city’s arbor team, the group spent the morning planting 25 trees, including bur oak, lacebark elm, desert willow, and cedar elm on the grounds of West Library.

 

The funding from this project was provided through a donation from Verizon, with additional funding from Northrop Grumman. Previous plantings during 2020 were funded by grants or donations from the UPS Foundation, Fluor, and BAPS Charities. Combining the efforts of volunteers and city staff, more than 150 hours were dedicated to planting 89 trees in eight projects at six different parks—including the most recent event at West Library.

 

“KIB and the Parks Department place a high value on trees in the community,” said KIB board member Chuck Kirk. “Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, KIB was able to plant an impressive number of trees throughout the city, trees that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come. These projects provide great examples of what KIB does – engaging so many different groups to work together to make Irving a more beautiful community.”

 

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.