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Mar 16

City of Allen / Keep Allen Beautiful Receives Prestigious State Environmental Award

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM by Kathleen Vaught

Community One of 10 Governor’s Community Achievement Award Winners

Keep Texas Beautiful has recognized Allen, Texas as one of 10 winners of the 2012 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards for outstanding community improvement. The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. The winners will share $2 million in landscape funding from the Texas Department of Transportation. Of this, Allen will receive $270,000 for a landscaping project along a local state right-of-way.

Communities submitted materials to one of 10 population categories and judges chose the winners based on their achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and property improvement, and solid waste management.

“Allen’s community is made up of vibrant, energetic and forward-thinking people,” said Donna Kliewer, Waste Services Manager and Keep Allen Beautiful staff liaison. “This certainly came to light with the GCAA win. It is a spotlight on the community and their involvement in making Allen one of the shining stars in Texas. It is recognition of the hours and efforts put forth by everyone to make Allen the best place in Texas to live, work and play.”

The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping awards since 1985. Allen will receive its award on Wednesday, June 27 in San Antonio during KTB’s 45th Annual Conference.

“We are so pleased to have Allen recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful and TXDOT as the top city in our population category,” said Steve Massey, Director of Community Services.

“The GCAA gave us the opportunity to showcase the cooperative efforts of all the interwoven aspects of Allen, which included businesses, residents, youth, churches, municipal government, non-profit agencies. It all came together beautifully to highlight the unique community in which we live.”

In addition to the GCAA award, Keep Texas Beautiful recognized the efforts made by individuals and groups to enhance their community and protect the Lone Star State's environment. Allen received two first place honors: Donna Kliewer received the Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership award, and the Public and Media Relations Office and ACTV received recognition for its Media – Electronic Promotions and Education.

Keep Allen Beautiful is an organization dedicated to developing and fostering programs which contribute towards making Allen a cleaner, healthier and more attractive city. Established by the Allen City Council in 1997, Keep Allen Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization responsible for educating the citizens of Allen in ways of preserving our environment and improving our community's appearance. KAB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful Proud Community. The Community Services Department provides staff support for Keep Allen Beautiful. To contact KAB or for more information about activities and events, call 214.509.4551, or visit

Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information on programs and events, call 1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit