Keep Texas Beautiful recently announced Temple as one of 10 winners of the 2011 Governor’s Community Achievement Award (GCAA), a program created by the partnership of Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). One of the most celebrated annual environmental and community improvement awards in Texas, the GCAA recognizes Keep Temple Beautiful as having one of the best grassroots environmental programs in the state. Winners share $2 million in landscape funds from TxDOT; Temple will receive 250,000 for a landscaping project along a local state right-of-way. The goal is to construct a project that fulfills the city’s expectations and meets TxDOT design, safety, maintenance and funding requirements. For the communities that compete in the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards program, the awards carry a tremendous amount of prestige.Communities submitted materials to one of 10 population categories and judges chose 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.The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities for 25 consecutive years, with TxDOT providing landscaping funds since 1985. Keep Temple Beautiful will receive its award during KTB’s 44th Annual Conference, scheduled for June 20-23 in Austin. Keep Temple Beautiful, a grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Temple citizens to take responsibility for improving their community environment. For more information concerning KTB join us on facebook at www.facebook.com/keeptemplebeautiful or our website at www.keeptemplebeautiful.org.