Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized the City of Mansfield as one of 10 winners of the 2021 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement, an award given annually by KTB and its partner, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Mansfield will join the other communities in sharing $2 million in landscape funding from TxDOT. The City's $270,000 share will be used for a yet-to-be determined landscaping project.
The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. A community’s environmental program is judged by a group of diverse, multi-sector judges on achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: public awareness and outreach, environmental education, beautification and community improvement, litter prevention and cleanup, solid waste management, litter law and illegal dumping enforcement.
In 2021, the Mansfield community embraced the challenges resulting from the pandemic and participated in activities such as:
"Mansfield is proud to receive this award from an organization that signifies our desire in Texas to keep our state and communities beautiful," said Mayor Michael Evans. "Our residents have shown us time and again that we are environmentally aware; that they will work hard and conscientiously to ensure our parks, greenspaces and waterways are clean and free of litter. We are grateful that the state has recognized us for these efforts."
"What sets Mansfield apart is its community spirit," said City Manager Joe Smolinski. "This spirit is exemplified best through the collaborative efforts of the City, its volunteer program, school district, faith-based organizations and groups who work together to help Keep Mansfield Beautiful, all while experiencing a global pandemic. Even though we were faced with going virtual, our community proved that COVID-19 would not prevent all the beautification efforts that go on throughout the city each year."
The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping award funding since 1985. Mansfield will be honored during KTB’s Annual Conference, which will take place virtually from June 29 through July 1. Other winning communities include Athens, Denton, Duncanville, Friendswood, Gatesville, Cuero, McKinney, Muenster, and San Saba.
To learn more about GCAA and this year’s winners, visit ktb.org/gcaa.
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Texas the best place to live, work, and play by deploying resources for community improvement projects, clean-ups, and youth engagement efforts across the state. Through our Keep Texas Recycling program, we provide assistance and education to support recycling in rural and underserved communities.
Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action by providing them with tools, resources, and training. Our fieldwork includes research on best practices for litter reduction along with the development of community programs to prevent the flow of litter to the Gulf.
Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful’s work is driven by its network of nearly 300 affiliate member communities, volunteers, and supporters that reach 17 million Texans annually. For more information and to find your closest affiliate, visit www.ktb.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, maritime, rail and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.