Seven Communities Win Awards


A number of communities in the Upper East Side of Texas won Gold Star Affiliate awards from Keep Texas Beautiful. 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.

Honored were Angelina County, Athens, Henderson, Longview, Lufkin, Tyler, and Whitehouse.

Keep Tyler Beautiful was awarded its sixth consecutive Gold Star Affiliate award, and was recognized for sustained excellence for the eighth consecutive 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.

“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,” said Phyllis Carlyle, Keep Tyler Beautiful board chair.

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