Garland, Texas -- April 15, 2011 -- The “Race to Save Space” video created by the City of Garland Public and Media Affairs and Environmental Waste Services Departments is being honored with a first place Keep Texas Beautiful Award in the Electronic Media category. Awards will be presented on June 23 in Austin at the 44th Annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference.
Leave it to a child to understand and teach adults how to minimize environmental problems. The “Race to Save Space” video depicts how one little boy can impact an entire community. He starts with his mother, who digs deeper into the problem of sending too much brush and other yard trimmings to the landfill. The video has aired on the local government access channel during peak brush season and can be accessed at Garlandtx.gov by clicking on Online Services and accessing GCTV.
The 5-minute video and two educational utility bill inserts were created in 2010 to educate City residents on how to properly set out of tree trimmings and other brush for collection, the importance of saving landfill space by diverting brush to the city’s Wood Recycling Facility, and the fact that clean brush is turned into mulch and provided to Garland residents for free. The actors also have Garland ties. Paula Breysacher, Public Education Specialist in the Stormwater Management Department, and her 10 year old son, are the featured actors.
“The video, now part of the education outreach programs offered by EWS and Keep Garland Beautiful, will continue to impact the community in a positive manner,” remarked Glenna Brown, EWS Programs Manager. “We are excited that it is receiving this statewide recognition.”