Garland, Texas -- April 18, 2011 -- The City of Garland is the third place winner in the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award, an annual award that recognizes communities across the state with the best grassroots environmental programs.
Communities are judged based on their population size and the efforts of the community to involve citizens, businesses, schools, local government and youth to keep their city beautiful. The GCAA program is sponsored by Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Keep Garland Beautiful, under the leadership of Betty Roberts, president, submitted the award on behalf of the City. “While we did not win first place, we are very excited that the City is being recognized for its community leadership, environmental education, beautification and community improvement and litter prevention programs. Programs of several departments within the City led to this recognition.”
Garland's GCAA entry highlighted the Green 101 education classes sponsored by the Stormwater, Water Utilities, and Environmental Waste Services Departments; the Healthy Living Expo, and Keep Garland Beautiful's landscaping project at Rick Oden Park.