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2011-11-17

Keep Utopia Beautiful receives HEB grant

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On Tuesday, Nov. 15, H-E-B and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) awarded local grants as part of the fourth annual Green Bag Grants program. Through this program, communities from six regions across Texas will receive a share of $50,000 to support local, voluntary recycling activities. Individual grants awarded range in size from $1,000 to $3,000.
Local recipient of the 2011 Green Bag Grants, Keep Utopia Beautiful, will be presented with a 3,000 check. Keep Utopia Beautiful will use the grant funds to create a Fluorescent Tube Recycling Program.
The Green Bag Grants Program was established on Earth Day 2008 after H-E-B was among the first major retailers to introduce reusable shopping bags. The idea behind the program was to reward Texans for buying and using the bags. Since then, H-E-B has given back $0.05 from the purchase of each H-E-B green reusable bag, for a total of $200,000, to support the statewide grant program.
"Each year, we are honored to be able to assist recipients of the program as they strive to make a direct and lasting impact on the environment in the communities they serve throughout Texas," said Susan Ghertner, H-E-B Director of Environmental Affairs. "With reusable bag sales fueling the Green Bag Grants program, it is rewarding for our customers to witness their efforts come full circle."
Keep Texas Beautiful, the statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization and affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB works with government, businesses, civic groups, and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to take individual responsibility for making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information about KTB, call 1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit
www.ktb.org