Keep Tyler Beautiful recognized at statewide conference

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 11:59am

Keep Tyler Beautiful was awarded its sixth consecutive Gold Star Affiliate award from Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) during the organizations 45th Annual Conference in San Antonio held June 25-28, 2012. The Tyler affiliate was also recognized for Sustained Excellence for the eighth consecutive year.

KTB, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization, conferred the Gold Star Affiliate award on just 43 of KTB’s more than 370 Texas affiliates in 2012. Gold Star recognition is the highest status any community affiliate can achieve.

These awards recognize outstanding communities that have successfully implemented programs to prevent litter, reduce waste, beautify community areas and educate local citizens last year.

Some of the programs Keep Tyler Beautiful was responsible for in 2011 include: the Texas Trash Off cleanup of Rose Rudman Park and Mud Creek; Tyler Recycles Day; school tours and talks at the Recycling Center; working in partnership with the Smith County Juvenile Services and the Wesley Foundation; sponsorship of the Tyler Against Graffiti Program and numerous cleanup and litter prevention efforts all over Tyler.

“We are very proud of the recognition from Keep Texas Beautiful for not only beautification projects, but for the work the board does to educate, involve and advocate sustainability in our community,” Phyllis Carlyle, Keep Tyler Beautiful board chair said. “Working in conjunction with the City of Tyler’s many departments, it is our goal to inspire everyone to keep Tyler clean and teach young Tylerites the importance of reducing waste, recycling and reusing instead of using up our precious resources.”

To stay in good standing with KTB, community affiliates must annually submit a report, pay a fee, 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 are required to meet additional benchmarks; they must share information on their mission and goals, answer questions about their educational programs and solid waste initiatives, participate in the Keep Texas Beautiful or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs, and provide a letter of support from their community.

Keep Texas Beautiful strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 370 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure 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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