I am proud to live and work in the City of Plano, TX with such high standards for the environment. Nancy Nevil spoke last week at my Rotary Club and told us that Plano has recently received top honors from Keep Texas Beautiful(KTB). The Keep Plano Beautiful organization won the 2007 Governor's Community Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious environmental awards in our state. The award is given to the community with the best volunteer environmental programs, which are evaluated by seven criteria: community leadership, coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and property improvement and solid waste management.
Plano will receive $265,000 as the first place winner in the "over 250,000 population" category. Plano competed against 12 other large cities such as Austin and Houston. Plano will be able to use this money to help beautify our state highways which I know Plano can put to good use.
Plano has started some great new projects over the last year that helped us win. One was the "Live Green in Plano" program that included an Expo for residents to learn about things they can do to improve their lives and help the environment. There were great ideas about using chemical-free cleaning products, changing your light bulbs to CFL's, rain water recycling and even the item of changing the grass in your yard to a realistic grass turf. The second new project was the community garden that was started with the help of the Junior League of Plano. The entire harvest from the garden was donated to the Plano Food Pantry.
Contact me at 214-532-3823 if you are interested in moving to this great city!