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Nominations will open for the 2022 Beautify Texas Awards (formerly KTB Awards) on Monday, February 21, 2022. These awards recognize efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect the Texas environment. One winner per category will be selected and recognized at the annual KTB Conference in June 2022.

Download this flyer to see the list of application questions and other criteria to consider when submitting a nomination.

Important Dates

All applications should detail programming, events and service from January 1 - December 31, 2021, with the exception of the Leadership Award. The application will open on Monday, February 21, 2022 and close on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 5 p.m. CST. Limit 5 applications per category per nominator. We reserve the right to move any submission to a different category in which it fits better. Previous winners will not be eligible to win in the same category again until three years after their win. For example, 2019 winners will be eligible to win in the same category again in 2022. Late, emailed, mailed or faxed entries will be automatically disqualified.

Year Won Year Eligible Again
2018 2021
2019 2022
2020 2023

Award Categories

The Beautify Texas Awards include many of the same categories of the former Keep Texas Beautiful Awards. They are now organized into two subsets, Individual and Organization Awards. The application period will open and close at the same time for all awards. 

  • KTB LEADERSHIP AWARD

The most prestigious award Keep Texas beautiful presents, this once in a lifetime professional distinction is awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in improving and enhancing the environment of their community, the state of Texas and beyond.

  • O.P. SCHANBEL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Recognizes individuals who support the mission of KTB through extraordinary efforts and contribute to the betterment of their community. 

  • EBBY HALLIDAY AND MAURICE ACERS BUSINESS/ INDUSTRY AWARD

Recognizes a business with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses.

  • OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AWARD

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/state government departments, divisions or agencies supporting the KTB mission through a specific program.

  • OUTSTANDING PROJECT AWARD

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/state government departments, divisions or agencies supporting the KTB mission through a specific project.

  • PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH AWARD

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the Texas environment made by city government departments, divisions or agencies.

  • RUTHE JACKSON YOUTH INDIVIDUAL AWARD

Recognizes a business with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful mission, including locally owned, state, or national businesses.

  • RUTHE JACKSON YOUTH ORGANIZATION AWARD

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/state government departments, divisions or agencies supporting the KTB mission through a specific program.

  • SADIE RAY GRAFF EDUCATOR AWARD

Recognizes outstanding contributions by civic organizations and city/state government departments, divisions or agencies supporting the KTB mission through a specific project.

  • SADIE RAY GRAFF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION AWARD

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the Texas environment made by city government departments, divisions or agencies.