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August 27, 2012

Two Items Requesting Your Participation

Input is Needed on Making Houston and Harris County More Liveable

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) requests input from area residents about what makes a community more liveable. Your suggestions are needed for the Community Transformation Initiative, a joint Houston and Harris County project led by HDHHS.

Community transformation is a movement across the country that seeks to improve the conditions where people live, work and play to help them make healthier choices.

Community input is an important piece of the transformation movement. Your participation is appreciated no later than Friday, August 31, 2012, by completing a 12-minute online survey available in English and Spanish at

The goal of the initiative is to create healthier communities by making it easier for people to live a healthy lifestyle. The initiative is designed to address chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, improve health, reduce health disparities and control health care spending.

For more information about the initiative, email or contact Carra Moroni at 832.393.4944.

To learn more about the HDHSS, visit

Mayor's Proud Partner Awards Application Available Online

Keep Houston Beautiful (the City of Houston's Clean City Commission), is now accepting entry applications for the 28th Annual Mayor's Proud Partner Awards. If your group has worked to support our city through awareness, beautification, conservation or enhancement activities, the City of Houston like to hear about it.

Please note the deadline for entries is Friday, September 7, 2012.

Any program, project or individual effort completed during 2012 to create a cleaner, more beautiful environment is eligible. See last year's Proud Partners.

Examples of eligible entries: Beautification and landscaping installation, environmental education program, litter prevention, neighborhood cleanup, volunteer park improvement or waste minimization effort.

Sponsoring groups may include: Business, civic organization, college or university, garden club, government agency, media, medical institution, non-profit organization, religious organization, youth group or classroom project and/or an individual.

The Mayor's Proud Partner award application is available at and is due by Friday, September 7, 2012.

Be sure to APPLY NOW! For more information, contact Keep Houston Beautiful at

To learn more about the City of Houston sustainability efforts, visit,, and/or

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