Keep Abilene Beautiful
Protect the Locals
Welcome to Keep Abilene Beautiful, where we've been serving our community for over 37 years with a mission to educate and engage citizens through conservation, waste reduction, and beautification, all while keeping a keen focus on preserving our beloved Texas environment.
At Keep Abilene Beautiful, we believe in having fun while making a positive impact. We're passionate about creating a more vibrant and environmentally friendly Abilene, and we invite you to join in the excitement. Explore our programs, dive into our events, and discover how you can become a part of the 'Protect the Locals' movement.
Transforming Abilene, One Space at a Time! The Abilene Adopt-A-Spot program offers a unique opportunity for individuals and groups to showcase their pride in Abilene by becoming environmental stewards. Participants voluntarily adopt a public area, committing to its care and enhancement with the shared goals of reducing litter and beautifying our community.
Our 'Community Cleanup Champions' program is a rallying call to groups and businesses in Abilene to take a proactive role in enhancing our community's cleanliness and beauty. We'll support your efforts by providing guidance, supplies, and recognition.
Join us at our upcoming events to experience the joy of community, connect with like-minded individuals, and help us nurture a cleaner and greener Abilene. Check out our calendar below and mark your dates to be part of the positive change!
If you're passionate about preserving the beauty of Abilene and you want to be part of a community that cares, we invite you to join us. Volunteering with Keep Abilene Beautiful is not just about picking up litter; it's about building connections, creating positive change, and leaving a lasting impact on our city.
Keep Abilene Beautiful has been serving our community for over 37 years with the mission to educate and engage citizens through conservation, waste reduction, and beautification, all while keeping a keen focus on preserving our beloved Texas environment.
At Keep Abilene Beautiful, we believe in having fun while making a positive impact. We're passionate about creating a more vibrant and environmentally friendly Abilene, and we invite you to join in the excitement.
For over three decades, Keep Abilene Beautiful has been a driving force in enhancing our community's vitality and environmental stewardship. Our journey began in 1986 when we were founded as 'Abilene Clean & Proud.' Since then, we've been on a mission to transform Abilene into a greener, cleaner, and more beautiful place to call home.
Over the years, we've evolved, grown, and adapted to the changing needs of our city. In 1995, we became a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, a distinction that reflects our dedication to national best practices in community improvement.
We've engaged countless volunteers, partnered with local organizations, and hosted numerous events that celebrate the unique charm of Abilene and its natural Texas environment. Our commitment to 'Protect the Locals'—both the environment and our community members—remains at the core of everything we do.
Joining Keep Texas Beautiful
In 2006, Keep Abilene Beautiful proudly became a local affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a non-profit organization with a network of nearly 300 affiliates reaching 19 million Texans annually. This partnership expanded our reach and our commitment to Texas' environment.
14 Years of Excellence as a Gold Star Affiliate
We are immensely proud of our 14-year tenure as a Gold Star Affiliate, demonstrating our consistent commitment to KTB's mission.
Governor’s Community Achievement Awards
We have received the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award multiple times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. These awards recognize our outstanding efforts in community beautification.
KTB Award and Youth Award
In 2015, we were honored with the KTB Award, and in 2009 and 2016, we received the Youth Award, highlighting our achievements and our dedication to fostering environmental awareness among the youth.
Affiliation with Keep America Beautiful
In 2016, Keep Abilene Beautiful extended its reach by becoming an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, a national non-profit organization with nearly 1,000 affiliates and participating organizations working together to improve communities through litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification. This national partnership has allowed us to address the needs of our community at an intensely local and effective level.
Growth and Recognition as an Outstanding City Affiliate
Since joining the Keep America Beautiful affiliate system, Keep Abilene Beautiful has earned top honors as an outstanding city affiliate and has expanded its reach by creating an extensive affiliate program modeled after KAB's successful initiatives.
Collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation
Our collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation began when we received our first Governor’s Community Achievement Award. Together, we share common goals of making Texas roadways attractive, safe and encouraging tourism in our area. In 2018, this partnership resulted in a $295,000 award, which we used to create five landscaped monuments across Abilene, further enhancing the beauty of our city and its roadways.