Marble Falls, TX - Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement non-profit organization, recently named the City of Marble Falls a Silver Star Affiliate, a designation granted to only 16 of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates. Silver Star recognition is the second 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 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 on their mission and goals, answer questions about their partnerships and underserved populations, 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 Silver 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,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Our Silver 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. The City of Marble Falls successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens and beautify and enhance the local community.
Monique Breaux, Parks and Recreation Coordinator, submitted the application for the upgrade by highlighting our efforts to support the Westside Community; and directly serve economically, ethnically, and geographically underrepresented population via community engagement. Our 2018 Westside litter clean up, Wi-Fi in the park initiative, and Community Pride award secured our new ranking.