Grand Prairie Recognized as Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful received the status by establishing programs that educate and engage the community.
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement non-profit organization, recently named Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful a Gold Star Affiliate, a designation granted to 85 affiliates of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates. Gold Star recognition is the membership recognition highest status any community affiliate can achieve.
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. 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 economic development and diversity and inclusion practices, or participate in the Keep Texas Beautiful 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 52nd Annual Conference in Rockwall, which will be held June 18-20, 2019.
“We are proud to honor our most active affiliates who have such a large impact on their communities,” said Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Our Gold Star Affiliates are educating and engaging the community, actively recruiting and managing volunteers, hosting beautification events throughout their community and so much more. They deserve this great honor!”
In 2018 alone, KTB affiliates and their local volunteers contributed 198,304 hours to collect more than 4.2 million pounds of waste and recyclables, including 167,689 pounds of electronics and 6,293 pounds of tires. Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens and beautify and enhance the local community. KGPB’s biggest accomplishment of 2018 was working with the City of Grand Prairie Solid Waste and Recycling Division and the Grand Prairie Independent School District to raise funds for common area recycling bins in schools through the Plastic Free Plan-It Program. The Plastic Free Plan-It Program encourages the reduction, reuse and recycling of single use plastics. The program included a screening of the documentary film, “A Plastic Ocean,” and an evening gala with keynote speaker, freediver and environmentalist, Tanya Streeter. The gala also included a recycled art gallery with pieces by students, amateur and professional artists. Additionally, 7,637 KGPB volunteers did their part to help keep Grand Prairie beautiful by removing 30,608 pounds of litter from our streets, streams and cemeteries.
“Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful offers hands-on ways for citizens to get involved that give them a sense of pride and accomplishment, as well as take ownership in their community,” said Grand Prairie ISD Board Trustee and KGPB Commissioner, Aaron King. “The adopt-a-street program was one avenue that I chose to do just that. I have adopted two streets in my neighborhood currently and love the opportunity that it gives me to serve my community. It’s nice to know that my city is clean and beautiful because its citizens cared enough to make and keep it that way. It is just one of the parts that makes Grand Prairie so ‘Grand!’”