Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement non-profit organization, recently named Keep Aransas County Beautiful (KACB) a Silver Star Affiliate, a designation granted to only 27 of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates.
KTB will formally recognize Silver Star communities during its 53rd annual Conference in Houston September 28-30.
Silver Star recognition is the second-highest status any community affiliate can achieve.
To remain in good standing with KTB, community affiliates must submit an annual report, pay dues, attend training and participate in a KTB-endorsed activity annually. In 2004, the organization introduced the concept of Silver Star recognition to reward those communities who sought to go above and beyond the established requirements.
To achieve this status, affiliates must share information about their mission and goals, answer questions about their partnerships and underserved populations, or participate in the KTB Awards or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs, and provide a letter of support from their community.
“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,” said KTB Executive Director Suzanne Kho. “Our Silver 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 2019 alone, KTB affiliates engaged 71,586 volunteers who contributed 351,953 hours to collect 4 million pounds of waste and recyclables and clean 16,212 miles of Texas roadway, trails, and waterways. KACB successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens and beautify and enhance the local community.
In 2019, KACB board members continued to build upon the momentum that was established after Hurricane Harvey, moving beyond cleanup and recovery, to restoration, education and unique outreach programs.
It also got a prominent sculptor to get the Rockport Blue Crab rebuild started.
New KACB programs of note include: Partnering with the Aransas County Environmental Health Department and the Texas General Land Office to launch a successful two-day Vessel Turn-In Program during which 31 old boats and personal watercraft were removed from the county; the establishment of a county wide Cigarette Buttler Disposal program; and, until Covid-19 halted everything, a planned “Old Tire Turn-In” event, which was modeled after the successful “Old Computer Turn-in Program” held last spring.
In Greening Restoration, once there is the all clear, KACB will continue its popular 2nd Saturday Plant and Seed Exchange. Time and action was devoted to planting hummingbird and butterfly attracting natives at both the North and South Monuments of Rockport-Fulton, as well as at the Rockport Post Office. They are now working to baby these gardens into good health long-term.
“We are honored KTB has recognized the good works of our board and organization,” said KACB President D’Ann Williams. “We wish to sincerely thank our citizen volunteers and local government agencies; we share this award with you.”