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October 24, 2014

Join us and Celebrate the 2014 Mayor's Proud Partner Award Winners

Who: Keep Houston Beautiful (Houston Clean City Commission)
What: 30th Annual Mayor's Proud Partners Luncheon
When: Monday, October 27, 2014
Where: Hilton Americas - Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, Texas 77010
Why: award the efforts of businesses, individuals and community groups who work to enhance Houston's landscape through environmental and beautification projects
Contact: Emily Barlow, Program Director, Keep Houston Beautiful
Secondary Contact: Robin Blut, Executive Director, Keep Houston Beautiful

It's time to celebrate the people who work for a more beautiful, litter-free Houston!  Join us on Monday, October 27, 2014 and meet the real heroes who are working to create a cleaner, more beautiful Houston at the 30th annual Mayor's Proud Partners Luncheon hosted by Keep Houston Beautiful.

The 30th Annual Mayor's Proud Partners awards competition drew more entries than ever before.  The luncheon on October 27 at the Hilton Americas - Houston will celebrate an exceptional array of winners whose projects have made lasting contributions to Houston's beauty and quality of life.

This year's Outstanding Proud Partner is J. Howard Rambin III.  He is the founder, CEO and Managing Partner of Moody Rambin, a full service real estate development and services firm in Houston.  J. Howard Rambin III is also the founder of Keep Houston Beautiful.  After seeing freeway intersections spoiled by trash and litter, he spent his own money hiring cleanup crews and marking newly cleaned sites with signs that read, "Please Do Not Litter" signed "Concerned Citizens".  Mr. Rambin is truly Houston's first anti-litter crusader.

Winners in eight additional categories will also be recognized during this fun and inspiring luncheon.

New Hope Housing at Rittenhouse by New Hope Housing, Inc. was selected for this year's J. Howard Rambin III Founder's Award.  This 160-unit, LEED certified property provides high-quality, environmentally-friendly, affordable housing with the critical support services to help residents exit the cycle of homelessness and stabilize their lives.

Right Tree Right Place by CenterPoint Energy earned the William Jackson "Jack" Bowen Chairman's Award.  Through maintaining a tree nursery, supplying numerous tree planting projects and educating citizens on the right place and the right way to plant trees, CenterPoint Energy has added thousands of trees to Houston's urban canopy.

Bankston Green at St. Paul's United Methodist Church is receiving the Landmark Award.  The newly constructed labyrinth in the Museum District provides wheelchair access, wider walkways, seating, seasonal shade, and enhanced lighting.  It has become a welcome respite and a place of spiritual solitude.

Mike Garver, founder of Texans for Clean Water, is this year's Distinguished Service Award winner.  Known as "The Trash Man of Buffalo Bayou," Mike has been fishing trash out of Buffalo Bayou for over 30 years.  In 2013, he teamed up with Trammell Crow of Dallas to form Texans for Clean Water in order to bring the problem of floatable debris in Texas waterways to the attention of state legislators and city officials.

The Emerging Initiative Award is being given to the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department for the Enhanced Citizen Recycling & Waste Diversion Program.  Through partnerships with The Furniture Bank, the Cherry Company, and American Textile Recycling Services, the recycling of mattresses, concrete, textiles and shoes is now offered at all six Neighborhood Depository and Recycle Centers, diverting tons of materials from landfills.

Sixteen projects were singled out for Proud Partner Awards, 28 projects and individuals are receiving Certificates of Recognition, and there are also 17 Honorable Mentions this year.  Congratulations to all the 2014 winners and nominees! See a full list of the winners HERE.

Visit www.houstonbeautiful.org for more information.  We hope to see you there!


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