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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Texas State’s HEAT Wins Keep Texas Beautiful Award

The Texas State Human Environment Animal Team (HEAT) has been named the 2018 Youth Organization Award winner for its efforts in beautification and landfill diversion.

The award will be presented at the Keep Texas Beautiful Award Ceremony in Georgetown June 13.

The Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator award honors extraordinary students, educators and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Keep San Marcos Beautiful nominated HEAT for the award because of their City beautification efforts and educating their peers on various environmental issues on the Texas State University campus and in the San Marcos community.

HEAT has made their imprint on the community by helping and participating in citywide events, adding two Adopt-a-Spot locations, picking up litter across the city and participating in river cleanups. They also promote landfill diversion, which involves taking recyclable and compostable waste out of the trash stream and keeping it out of our limited landfill space.

“Without their dedication, passion, and drive, Sights & Sounds of Christmas could not have reached the 80 percent landfill diversion rate last year,” said Enhancement Initiatives Manager Amy Kirwin. “We are grateful to have an organization that always strives to go above and beyond for our San Marcos community.”

To get involved with Keep San Marcos Beautiful, contact the program at or call 512.393.8419.

About Keep Texas Beautiful

 Keep Texas Beautiful is a network of dedicated Texans working together to make our state the best place to live, work and play. We equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has more than 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling and youth engagement efforts. Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action across the state. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we lead nearly 400 affiliates and reach 19 million Texans annually. We are proudly based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @keeptxbeautiful.

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