The city of Pearland will receive nearly $300,000 after being recognized by nonprofit Keep Texas Beautiful as an “outstanding clean and beautiful community.”

The gist

Keep Texas Beautiful recognized 10 communities across Texas as part of the 2024 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards, or GCAA, and named Pearland among the group, according to an April 2 news release from nonprofit Keep Pearland Beautiful.

Specifically, Pearland won the award for Category 9, which is for a population between 90,001 to 180,000, according to the Keep Texas Beautiful website.

The award is for $290,000 total and will go toward a landscaping project that will be done in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation along a state-maintained road, according to the release.

Pearland will also receive a stately cast aluminum metal plaque, which will be placed in a prominent public location, according to the release.

The background

This year’s awards saw winning communities share a pool of $2 million, according to the release. Other winning communities included:
  • Alpine
  • Anna
  • Argyle
  • Del Rio
  • Garland
  • Little Elm
  • San Marcos
  • Seabrook
  • Whitesboro
The GCAAs have been given out for 55 years, with TxDOT providing funding since 1985, according to the release. To date, 261 projects totaling $47 million have been funded.

The award is given based on a number of different factors and achievements within the environment, according to the release. Those include:
  • Beautification and community improvement
  • Environmental education
  • Illegal dumping enforcement
  • Litter law
  • Litter prevention and cleanup
  • Public awareness and outreach
  • Solid waste management
Quote of note

Adrian Hernandez, CEO of Keep Pearland Beautiful and an outgoing Pearland City Council member, said in the release that the award reflects the importance that the city, its businesses and its residents put on preserving the “natural beauty and environment” of the area.

"Winning the 2024 GCAA is a tremendous source of pride for the city of Pearland,” Hernandez said in the release. “This award acknowledges the unwavering commitment of our residents and businesses to making Pearland the community of choice.”