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City of Henderson receives prestigious state environmental award

Released by "Keep Texas Beautiful":

(Henderson, Texas) –Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Henderson as one of 10 winners of the 2014Governor's Community Achievement Awards for outstanding communityimprovement.  The award is one of the most coveted annualenvironmental and community improvement honors in Texas. The winners will share$2 million in landscape funding from the Texas Department of Transportation; Henderson will receive $160,000for a landscaping project along a localstate right-of-way.    

      Communitiessubmitted materials to one of 10 population categories and judges chose thewinners based on their achievements in seven environmental and communityimprovement areas: community leadershipand coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup,litter law and illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and communityimprovement, and solid waste management.

      TheKeep Henderson Beautiful organization operates totally as a volunteer programwith 7,532 individuals volunteering 17, 546 hours to community projects. Thedollar value provided to the community was $396,013.00. Recycling efforts(Priya's Recycling Project) with HISD resulted in 476 carts of recycled paperyielding 7140 yards (an increase from 70 carts yielding 1050 yards) in just twoyears. A major project has been the development of the Lake Forest Park and Gardensand includes Rose and Azalea Beds, Butterfly Garden, Children's Garden. FlagPole brickwork, refurbished playground items, 2500 bulbs and enhancement ofnatural drains with river rock. Don't Mess With Texas Trash Off events involved454 (doubled over last year) volunteers. Volunteers cleaned 38 miles of citystreets, 9 acres in parks, 2 miles of trails, and 2 miles of shoreline.  Collected 2,684,310 pounds of trash, 2200pounds of aluminum and tin, and 5000 pounds of newspapers, 235 tires, and 400gallons of used oil, 3000 pounds of electronics and shredded 8000 pounds ofpaper. A new awards program - Going Green honored First Presbyterian Church fortheir recycling efforts in eliminating 1643 Styrofoam products, 200 plasticwater bottles and 200 aluminum cans from the landfill.

      The GCAA program hasrecognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscapingawards since 1985. Henderson willreceive its award on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Austin, Texas during KTB's 47thAnnual Conference.         

Contact Leon Harris, President at 903-658-3216 or ShirleyCrawford, Secretary at 903-649-0676 for additional information about KeepHenderson Beautiful.

            KeepTexas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental andcommunity improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to takeresponsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers toensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautifulstate in the nation. For more information on programs and events, call1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit www.ktb.org

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