The Keep Montgomery County Green (KMCB) organization was honored by the statewide environmental improvement organization, Keep Texas Beautiful, as a Gold Star affiliate - which is the highest status a state affiliate can achieve. The Montgomery County organization, led by board chairman Charlotte Riser Harris, was one of 62 Gold Star affiliates (of Texas' 360 affiliates) recognized during the state organization's annual conference in San Antonio last month.
The Keep Texas Beautiful organization awards a Gold Star rating to communities that successfully implemented programs to prevent litter, reduce waste, beautify community areas and educate local citizens over the past year.
The goal of KMCB is to empower people to enhance their community environment through education, awareness and participation in programs for: five areas: Waste Reduction and Recycling, Litter Prevention, Beautification and Com-munity Improvements, Vol-unteerism, and Environmental Education. Each year the organization nominates area individuals and organizations for their work in these specific areas for state awards, which include grant money. Last year, they made nominations for four such awards, with impressive results.
"Two of our nominees won first place in their divisions, and one won second - that is a great showing," commented Harris, who added that the extensive support of the community was instrumental in achieving these awards.
Last year the organization concentrated its efforts in the greater Magnolia area, but a goal is to spread the success into other Montgomery County communities.
Harris mentioned that the organization has a full slate of activities this year, especially for expanding its anti-litter/recycling campaign into more schools and community organizations, and is looking for new members and volunteers. For more information, visit the website: www.kmcbtexas.org.