Compiled by Joe Southern
Keep Sugar Land Beautiful was recently honored with a Sustained Excellence Award at the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA), one of the most prestigious annual environmental awards in Texas.
Ten communities won the top GCAA honors with Sugar Land and Katy being among the 37 that scored above a 90 for the Sustained Excellence honors. The awards are a joint effort between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB). Winning communities are awarded for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their communities beautiful. This year, the communities of Athens, Bastrop, Copperas Cove, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Longview, McAllen, Muenster, Murphy and San Saba will share $2 million in landscape development projects within their respective communities on state maintained rights-of-way.
“Keep Sugar Land Beautiful is thrilled to receive this award that recognizes our dedication, hard work, and achievements that benefit our community,” said Keep Sugar Land Beautiful Executive Distector Vicki Gist.
The Keep Texas Beautiful Sustained Excellence Award is given to communities receiving high achievement scores for three consecutive years in seven environmental and community improvement areas: Community leadership and coordination, public awareness, education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and clean up, solid waste management, and litter law and illegal dumping enforcement. Keep Sugar Land Beautiful programs include Reduce Reuse Recycle & Rock, Trash Off, Trees Across Sugar Land, Recycle for Reuse, Planet Earth Cart, Adopt-A-Spot, KSLB Youth Advisory Board, educational programs for youth and adults, storm drain marking, and much more. Visit www.kslb.org for more information.