Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has won the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2015. For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year. The competition distributes $2 million in funding from TxDOT across the 10 communities, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven areas: Community Leadership and Coordination, Public Awareness, Education, Beautification and Community Improvement, Litter Prevention and Cleanup, Solid Waste Management and Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement.
The last year Keep Whitehouse Beautiful won this award was in 2011, and the project completed by TxDOT was 2 Whitehouse monument signs on the north and west ends of town. Other projects completed from awards are benches and landscaping at the corner of Hwy 110 and FM 346, fencing and landscaping at Whitehouse City Park, the brick sidewalk in front of Brookshire’s, and the garden retaining wall and landscaping in front of Brown Elementary.
Beverly Casey, President of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful reacted to the news, “KWB would like to thank its business sponsors, friends, The City of Whitehouse, and our many volunteers that put in the hours to make Whitehouse a beautiful place to live. We invite the community to become good stewards of Whitehouse – by volunteering at our events, coming to our monthly meetings, becoming a friend or sponsor.”